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Letter to the editor: Senior housing - more criticisms

Editor:

No. 7 special building permit: That requires a “Harmonious relationship between proposed use and existing adjacent uses,” among nine other conditions. If anyone looks over the site plan for a minute, you can see this housing complex is anything but harmonious to the existing buildings that surround it and doesn’t fulfill any of the nine points, in order to get a special building permit.

Village/State Codes pertaining to zoning are laws that protect us, our property and our life investment from unjust misery and encroachment. Our village has among the toughest codes in New York state. Our 2012 Comprehensive Plan, written by our village trustees, has a whole page set aside (page 14) that states a project like this should not be placed at our “Historic Grand Entrance” between Lake and Center Street.

The plan states our village could use projects like senior housing in the proper locations. If this project goes through, it will be a huge eyesore of buildings built on top of our historic buildings. Unfortunately, many others and I believe money and politics are pushing this agenda. Most importantly, if these variances and special building permit are approved, where does it stop? How much tax money will be paid in litigation? How much tax money will be given to fund this “for-profit” venture? Other contractors will use this project in their defense saying, “if they did it, why can’t I”?

Dan Logel
Hamburg
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