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2010-06-17 / Front Page

Proposed senior housing tabled pending new studies

by KIMBERLY MCDOWELL Editor

Several residents were outraged last week when the Planning Board tabled two of the three items on its agenda, particularly the one that pertained to Young Development’s plans for senior housing on Union Road.

“Let us know what’s going on in this town — for once,” an angry resident told members of the board.

Chairman Robert Niederpruem Jr. explained to residents at the June 10 meeting that the petitioner, Bryan Young of Young Development, sent a letter to the Town Clerk’s Office requesting that his agenda item be tabled because more time was needed to resolve new problems.

“Several outstanding issues came up with the Department of Environmental Conservation,” said Niederpruem, who added outside of the meeting that it’s unusual for the DEC to become involved in such a project. However, he did not go into detail as to why that occurred.

According to Niederpruem, the most prominent issues regarding the project include: how the discharge of sewers would be handled; the identification of wetlands on site, which could impact development plans; concerns with the archeological investigation; and a request for more information regarding trees and ponds on the site.

But the absence of Young Development from the meeting didn’t sit well with the residents who attended purposely to receive an update on the project.

Niederpruem also said a meeting was held on June 1 comprising the DEC, Young opment, a member of the Planning Board and a planning consultant.

Several questions and concerns were raised by the DEC after its review of the project, both on paper and from physically walking the site, which is located at 810 Union Road.

Representatives from the DEC recommended that the town request additional surveys and reports from Young Development to keep on file.

One such request involves the sanitary sewers, with Niederpruem noting that the “mitigation of excess infiltration and inflow has to be complete.” According to the DEC, he said, the sewer system on the property is an extension from the public’s sewer system.

There is a provision in place stating that for every gallon of water the project puts into the sewer system, the developer must have four gallons of water removed from somewhere else in the system.

“It’s an ongoing project to remove excess flow from the system,” Niederpruem added.

The chairman also acknowledged that several issues raised by the board at last month’s meeting still await resolution.

“We gave [Young Development] direction on a whole other list of things we needed to have addressed that we don’t have,” said Niederpruem. One of the additional requests includes a more in-depth traffic study review.

“They’ve got their homework to do,” he added, noting that all of the requested information has to be in the town’s file before any decisions can be rendered.

Also, the additional information must be received at least two weeks prior to the board’s next meeting, slated for Thursday, July 8, to be included on the agenda.

Another dissatisfied resident probed the board for an exact date for when the information must be received before it can be discussed at the next meeting. The board agreed it must be submitted no later than Friday, June 25.

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