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Lancaster developer plans town houses near Kleinhans

A Lancaster developer is planning to build six new three-story attached town houses on a vacant lot near Kleinhans Music Hall.

Bill Severyn's Severyn Development wants to construct the 12,000-square foot project on a 0.18-acre parcel at 390 Jersey St., at the corner of 14th Street. Each of the town houses in the Residences at 14th Street would total 2,253 square feet in size, and would be 18.3 feet wide and 65 feet deep. Each two-bedroom unit would also have a rear patio on the first floor and a front balcony with a sliding-glass door on the second.

The developer is seeking a pair of variances on Wednesday from the Zoning Board of Appeals for ground-floor transparency and the location of the one-car garages, which will allow for off-street parking for each residence with a shortened driveway, according to an application to the city. That "will decrease the amount of congestion on 14th Street and keep the corner visually clear for traffic," he said in the application.

The application also noted that the ground floor will mostly contain the garage, mechanical and utility spaces, along with the entry, a half-bathroom and a lounge in the back. So there's less need for transparency – windows – on the first level, Severyn said. The primary residential areas will be on the upper floors, with the kitchen and an open-floor plan on the second floor and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the third.

The design by Abstract Architecture includes pre-manufactured metal paneling, brick veneer, and wood rain screen paneling on the facade, along with windows. Severyn also noted that the plan would fit in with the neighborhood, which already is residential, and which already has tall structures adjacent to the project site and close to the sidewalk.

Severyn Development is owned by Bill Severyn and his sons, William and Alex.

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