The developer of a proposed 208 unit apartment complex is seeking a zoning change at the project’s site at 2625 Curry Road.
However, not every resident in town wants to see either the zoning change or the project occur.
William Hoblock, who is listed as the applicant on the zoning change form, and Victor Fiano, et. al., the owner of 2625 Curry Road Development Partners LLC, are proposing to construct 208 apartments across 8 structures at the site, according to documents provided to the town. There will be a combination of one, two and three-bedroom apartments ranging from 800 to 1,450 square feet.
The design also includes a clubhouse, outdoor pool and internal garages.
According to documents submitted to the town, the developer is requesting to change the majority of the property’s zoning to multi-family residential with a portion of it remaining zoned for retail business. The property is currently zoned for a split between retail business, light industrial and one-family residential.
On Wednesday, the town board voted unanimously to send the zoning change request to both the town’s planning commission and its comprehensive advisory committee.
2625 Curry Road Development LLC said its project fits in with the town’s current comprehensive plan, noting that the Curry Manor Apartments are located right across the street, with other complexes located around the corner on Carman Road.
At least one resident doesn’t want more apartments in town.
Charles Jack Dodson said he wants a moratorium on new apartment complexes.
“I just believe we’re at a saturation point,” he said.
Dodson, who is running for town board, said he’s also concerned about the traffic increase such a project would cause on Hamburg Street, which has busy traffic already. He also has concerns about the town’s infrastructure.
“Do we have the infrastructure to add all this density to the town?” he asked.
Yet, Town Supervisor Steven Tommasone said there’s a need for more apartments during Wednesday’s town board meeting.
“The demand for housing cannot be denied as surrounding apartment buildings reach full capacity and waitlists continue to grow,” Tommasone said. “We must work with developers to provide a variety of housing types in Rotterdam to meet every need and income level. Rotterdam is poised to continue improving upon existing infrastructure to better support the growth in population. With more new home construction on the horizon, those homeowners will most likely come from the apartments in our town. Having this pipeline is important.”
Dodson said he plans to be at the next planning commission meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
For additional details about the project, visit https://www.rotterdamny.org/blob/files.ashx?ID=41579 and go to page 68.