Martley is one of many residents who have become vocal on the project by making public comments or signing petitions. The majority of residents who spoke at the public hearing earlier this month singled out the Stewart's portion of the application, though a few said they didn't like the idea of having condominiums nearby, citing traffic concerns among other issues.
"I know some of our neighbors on Beverly Drive are not happy with it because it's in their back yard, and they're going to have to look at these tall buildings," Martley said of the condos.
The development at the corner of Russell and Krumkill would be separated from the main plot of condo buildings further up Russell Road by federal wetlands, which the proposal would not disturb. The condos would be targeted at working professionals and run around $300,000 per unit, depending on size and other factors.
The developer has said the town stands to realize over $30,000 in revenue from the project, but that was with the Stewart's store. A condominium association would take on service of the development's roads and utilities.
Hershberg said he hopes the project can be place on the agenda of the Tuesday, March 2 Planning Board meeting to make a presentation and ask for an extension of the deadline for the project to be considered. The Planning Board still has a March 7 deadline to submit a recommendation to the Town Board"which makes the final determination on PDDs"but the developer thinks more time should be taken for review.
"We've been in front of the board for a while, but this is a change," Hershberg said.
The applicant asked the Planning Board to hold a public hearing for Feb. 2. Another one won't be required until the PDD comes to the Town Board for consideration.