AMHERST, NY - Plans to build apartments for seniors in Amherst are on hold, at least for now.
Young Development has pulled plans asking for zoning changes to build a new senior living center at 1055 Youngs Road.
Last week, dozens of neighbors who live near Youngs Road spoke out against the proposal. They fear the 99 unit apartment complex would increase traffic, be too close to their property lines and get rid of the wildlife in the area.
Young Development and its attorney have still expressed interest in meeting with the more than five-hundred people who live in three developments in the area around the piece of land in question. That meeting, as of last week, was schedule for some time before October 15.
Some homeowners say they are very concerned about losing the natural land already there.
"Let me be very clear. We are not against development, but we are vehemently against bad development, and this is a bad project," says Patrick Welch, a spokesperson for the neighborhoods.
Neighbors have said their next step is to save the woods from being bulldozed. Some have even mentioned trying to buy the land back from the developer.
"I've been there for 35 years. I was not naive enough to think that nothing would ever go there, but if they were putting in patio homes that had backyards. We are going to be facing in my particular case, a driveway, a roadway within ten feet of my backyard. That's pretty disastrous for anybody to be looking at car going through your backyard at night," said Welch.
The town board also voted to change the amount of notice given to neighbors if there is a proposal to change current zoning. That proposal passed, changing the notice required from five days to ten days.