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MALTA: Size worries people

Barbara Fenton joined Heidelmark in her pleas to the town board to step in on behalf of the residents in that area. Fenton resides at 20 May Apple Way, and it is her home that will be just 130 feet from the nearest brownstone. Upon learning of the proposed project, Fenton hired someone to place bright yellow tape in the trees to give a visual marker of both the physical size and location of the proposed town homes.

"He could only go up 30 feet," she told the town board, adding the buildings will be 20 feet higher than that. "I don't think anyone came into our backyards. I have an issue that nobody took into consideration the impact on us."

The comments of Heidelmark and Fenton come after a substantial amount of time and money has already been devoted to the project.

The project appeared in front of the planning board in August and September, with two public hearings held in October and November.

In August, resident Pete Shaw expressed concern that one of the front four buildings would be just 400 feet from his residence. At the September meeting, the developer, Neil Swingruber, had met with Shaw, walked property lines with him and addressed all of Shaw's concerns.

After listening to the board's comments from the August meeting regarding the need for smaller apartment units that might be more affordable, the developer returned with a revamped layout of the apartments to include 30 one-bedroom units of 676 square feet.

After the public hearing in October, the planning board approved a special-use permit for mixed use for residential and commercial/retail and restaurant. There were no public comments offered during that hearing. Similarly, there were no public comments offered at the November planning board meeting public hearing, which centered on the subdivision process.

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