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132 homes proposed for Glenville subdivision

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
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— Amedore Land Developers is seeking to build 132 single-family homes on property off Swaggertown and Spring roads — one of the largest subdivision proposals to come before Glenville in recent years.

The homes would be located on a 214-acre parcel east of the Glen Oaks neighborhood off Spring Road and west of the Indian Hills neighborhood off Swaggertown Road.

Project executive John Bossalini said Tuesday that the company believes the development would be a good fit for the area.

“It’s a great neighborhood, a great town and the market dictates that it’s a great place to build. The town is growing by leaps and bounds,” he said.

The lots would be 15,000 square feet. Bossalini said it is too early to determine the price of the houses or their size and appearance.

“We certainly wouldn’t build something out of the norm from the surrounding neighborhood — either direction,” he said.

The Planning and Zoning Commission got a brief look at the conceptual plans at its Monday agenda meeting. No one from the Amedore company attended the meeting.

“This is huge,” said Chairman Michael Carr, adding that he anticipated the project might draw some concerns from residents.

Kevin Corcoran, director of economic development and planning for the town, said at the meeting that this is probably the fewest number of units proposed for the parcel.

“We’ve seen people proposing up to 300,” he said.

Corcoran said Tuesday that the developers believe that the home market is being underserved because mostly apartments, townhouses and condominiums are being built.

“They’re trying to fill the single-family niche that’s not being attended to,” he said.

Corcoran said he has seen three or four concepts floated for the site in his 20-plus years with the town. None got past the discussion stage into formal proposals before the land-use boards. He said one of the issues in the past was there are a lot of wetlands on the property. This recent plan seems to avoid most of the wetlands.

“There’s some disturbance proposed, but not as much as in the past,” he said.

The property has wet soil and is flat. The developer is proposing to install sewer lines, so that would be somewhat negated, according to Corcoran. Stormwater management will have to be addressed, and Corcoran said another issue could be traffic.

“They’ll be routing traffic through existing residential streets so the obstacles would more than likely be neighborhood opposition to increased traffic,” he said.

Bossalini said the limits of the wetlands have been determined by the Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

He added that there may have been some confusion over the date for the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. He did not set a timetable for seeking approvals because the company wants to wait to see how receptive the town and the neighborhood are to the project.

The commission’s regular meeting is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. If the developers don’t present their preliminary concept this month, the next opportunity would be the agenda meeting on March 4 or the regular meeting on March 11.

Glenville town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said he believes this project would enhance the town.

“It fits in between two existing neighborhoods, and it would fit the character of the community perfectly,” he said.

 
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