There was little opposition Wednesday night to the expansion of an assisted-living development, but one nearby resident said he opposed the plan because it would increase traffic and affect property values.
Orchard Heights Care Community, 5200 Chestnut Ridge Road, seeks a rezoning of about 17 acres from R-2 to R-3, senior residential designation. The Hamister Group, which is behind the project, wants to build a two-story building with 64 units.
The final plan is a smaller expansion than was called for in the original plan, said Sean Hopkins, attorney for Hamister. The first plan had an 8,000-square-foot day care center, a building with three stories and 96 units, and a perimeter road to the north of the property.
After proposing the plan to the Planning Board last summer, developers met with nearby residents and then changed the project, Hopkins said.
But Joseph Clement, of Ashwood Lane, said he may not have built his house there, had he known apartments would be built nearby. He was concerned property values would be affected and that traffic would increase.
“What’s next, a strip mall across from Chestnut Ridge Park?” he asked.
Another resident said he supports the expansion. “To tell you the truth, we won’t even see this building,” said Hank Jarocha of Chestnut Ridge Road.
The Town Board made no decision on the rezoning request.
The board also conducted a public hearing on an amendment to the town code that would allow police to ticket property owners if snowplows they employ deposit snow in the street. Current town law requires police to observe the snow being left in the street before they can issue a ticket.
Board members did not act on the revisions Wednesday evening.