The Batavia Town Planning Board decided that a switch to public financing and adding a connecting roadway to Clinton Street Road were significant enough to change its environmental impact declaration for a proposed 19-lot, single-family housing subdivision off Stringham Drive Tuesday night.
The board, which approved a declaration of no significant impact for the project in December, approved a positive declaration on those two aspects of the project following a public hearing where residents reiterated their opposition to the Garden Estates development.
About 50 people turned out for the hearing and Jeff Anders, who lives on Stringham, said all those on hand were opposed to the project.
Others who spoke, including Lisa Shell, who lives on nearby Violet Lane, and Lew Henning, from the Batavia Housing Authority, said there is no need for additional low-income housing in the area.
Shell also said she thinks the switch, from a cul-de-sac in the subdivision to a road connecting Violet Lane to Clinton, warranted a new traffic study.
“Safety is our No. 1 concern,” she said.
Others decried representatives of the developer initially indicating the project would likely be developed with conventional financing, then applying for federal funding through the state for housing for low-income families.
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