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Developers of former Villa Maria Academy shift to senior housing

The developers of the former Villa Maria Academy on Doat Street have dropped their plans to create housing for women military veterans and domestic violence victims and instead will focus on senior housing.

The rezoning bid submitted to the Cheektowaga Town Board by developers of the former Villa Maria Academy at 600 Doat St. would open the door for senior housing at the proposed 67-unit apartment house.

The change from community facilities to residential apartments marks a shift by Trautman Associates, Delta Development and CB Emmanuel Realty, said Benathan Upshaw, principal at CB Emmanuel.

“Given that many of the Felician Sisters who occupy a portion of the structure are elderly, and that Catholic Health is providing senior services ... on the Villa Maria Campus, we feel the change will have minimal impact on the surrounding area," Upshaw said.

The redevelopment would occupy half of the Villa Maria Motherhouse, or about 80,000 square feet.

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