"A lot of the time seniors do not want to live exclusively in senior communities," he said. "We think there is a great need for this type of housing."
Beverwyck in North Bethlehem and the Van Allen Apartments on 9W are the only other two senior apartment locations in the town, though the large Van Dyke Spinney development is in the works.
Zee and developers met with over 40 neighbors to the project on Monday, May 16, and had a discussion that also covered topics like community character and traffic impacts. Milltowne is proposing a roundabout be built at Wemple and 9W at the developer's cost.
It now falls to the Planning Board to issues a recommendation to the Town Board on the rezoning request. Board members on Tuesday said they'd like to see more information on the various aspects of the project, especially on the number of housing units. Zee implied the developer may choose to build a less dense development, but is aiming high by seeking permission to build 526 housing units so it doesn't have to go back through the state environmental review down the road.
"This is our wish list. This is our conceptual plan which is the basis set for doing the SEQR [environmental review]," Zee said.
Mastacco said he and his neighbors will also be eagerly awaiting more clarity.
"I think we just have to hear more," he said.""