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Severyn to revise Kleinhans-area townhouse proposal after neighbors object

Lancaster developer Bill Severyn is revising his proposal for six new three-story attached town houses near Kleinhans Music Hall after neighbors rose up in opposition at a Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing.

Severyn Development wants to construct the 12,000-square foot project on a vacant 0.18-acre lot 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.

But when he went to the ZBA for a pair of variances on Wednesday, he was confronted by neighbors critical of the project's design. They also cited a risk to pedestrians from six separate driveways because of significant foot traffic on the streets, including from Kleinhans and the nearby Grover Cleveland High School. Similar concerns were raised during a neighborhood meeting earlier in the week.

Severyn withdrew the proposal before the ZBA voted, and is now considering changes to the driveways and porches in response to the community feedback.

"We are going to go back, but we're going to look at some design changes to it to try to satisfy the neighbors," Severyn said. "We kind of underestimated what the neighborhood would like to have."

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