Proposed town homes in S.W. Roch. = Hot meeting
Here's some from a piece I have in today's paper on a proposed housing development in southwest Rochester.
Many homeowners in Fox Croft and 23rd Avenue neighborhoods learned about it for the first time at a meeting last night.
This issue has many interesting technical points of discussion. However, this is just a general introduction to the project and to the homeowners' early concerns.
Expect more details as the issue moves through official channels to Planning and Zoning and eventually the Rochester City Council.
Tempers flared as about 25 to 30 concerned neighbors showed up Tuesday evening with questions about a proposed townhouse development in southwest Rochester.
Orchard Hills Villas, a proposed "fill-in" housing development near the Rochester Golf & Country Club, would add 34 townhomes in between the high-end southwest neighborhoods along 23rd Avenue Southwest and Fox Chase Road.
It would use a road that's now partly vacated, Gates Drive, as the core of the project.
The plan was described by one homeowner as "trying to squeeze an elephant into an ant hole," and many neighbors said they were worried about increased traffic, during the meeting at the Meadow Lakes course club house.
Others were concerned about how the addition of townhouses to the area could decrease the value of their homes, many of which are in the $500,000 range.
Orchard Hills Villas is the brainchild of Rochester developer Michael J. Younge.
Younge, who lives in the area planned for Orchard Hills Villas, developed many of the nearby neighborhoods and sold lots to many of the concerned homeowners at the meeting.
Geoffrey Griffin and Mark Welch of G-Cubed, the engineering firm that put together the plan, explained that the proposal calls for 12 single-family or "detached" townhomes and 22 duplex or "attached" townhomes
Griffin estimated the prices of the 12 single townhomes in the upper part of the project would start at $400,000, and prices of the 22 townhome duplexes on the lower tier would begin at $300,000. The two parts would be separated by a wooded area.