The owners of about 10 homes joined the developer of the Polo Grounds community on Quaker Road in petitioning the Aurora Town Board for permission to build better-selling single homes instead of doubles in the remaining openings in the development.
“We are simply trying to complete our community,” Frank Chinnici, president of Legacy Development, said at the Town Board meeting Monday night. “We cannot understand why you are looking for reasons to say, ‘No.’ ”
The project, which began construction in 2008, was approved for 47 households in 30 structures: 13 single homes and 17 double units, with two households each.
Now, there are 12 single homes built along with seven doubles. The single quota is nearly met, and there is more demand for singles, Polo Grounds residents explained after the meeting.
The Town Board went into an executive session related to litigation after the meeting, and Chinnici said he could not comment further.
Polo Grounds residents explained that they feel a sense of urgency for the development to be finished and filled with more residents.
In part this is because they will take over management of the community-owned property – but only after more houses – 75 percent – have sold.
“As residents, we would certainly like to see a resolution,” said David Schultz, speaking before the board on behalf of his neighbors.
Residents are also eager to have home construction and truck traffic associated with it end, said Kevin Chmielowiec, another homeowner who spoke after the meeting.
Chmielowiec said he can also understand the pressure the developer feels to change the terms and sell more.
“He doesn’t want to go on another five or 10 years, waiting for these houses to sell,” Chmielowiec said. “Why wouldn’t the town want to get more taxpayer dollars out of this?”
Before the executive session began, Councilman Jeffrey Harris said the board likes the development but has concerns about how single homes can use up more space and change the “density.”
“This board is not against this,” he said.
Also at the meeting:
• David Majka, a Republican Town Board candidate for the fall election, chided the town for failing to fix a corroded culvert on Brooklea Road sooner. The culvert, large enough to be considered a bridge by the state, has been inspected and given a notice to consider it for repair by the Department of Transportation.
Town Supervisor Jolene Jeffe said she has been working with the Village of East Aurora to split the cost and finish the work this summer. While the price has yet to be calculated, it could be more than $100,000, or less, depending on the repair approach, Jeffe said.