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Malta says developer's plans not ready

Councilwoman Sue Nolen and Supervisor Paul Sausville " both Republicans who are seeking the seat of supervisor in November's election " expressed opposing views on how the town should approach downtown development.

"A concern that I have is for the overall vision of our downtown," said Sausville, who noted that sizable housing developments like Park Place and Ellsworth Commons are already under construction.

"What we really need in our downtown area is more commercial business rather than housing units," he continued.

"What we're doing to developers is not fair," said Nolen.

"Not everyone shares Mr. Sausville's vision of downtown. If we want to keep the rural character on the outskirts of town we need to do something downtown."

The developers were also told their proposal to ramp up building height to the center of the project was not aesthetically desirable, and that having the domiciles set in a circle set it apart from nearby homes, arranged in grids.

"This is a pod and it does not translate into the neighborhood around it it's isolated as its own unit," said Klotz.

The developers will make changes to their plans and return to the Town Board with hopes of having their PDD referred to the Planning Board.""

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