Albion boards have public hearings Wednesday on DePaul project

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 July 2018 at 10:56 am

ALBION – There are two public hearings Wednesday on the 40-unit housing project proposed by DePaul Properties of Rochester.

DePaul is proposing to demolish three unoccupied houses on Liberty Street, between the railroad tracks and Beaver Street.

DePaul needs variances for the project. It is proposing 50 parking spaces, when the village code requires 80 (two parking spots for each unit). DePaul is seeking a 5-foot rear setback when the village code requires 25 feet. DePaul also wants a fence to be 10 feet high for a sound wall on the south side of the property, instead of the 7 feet required by the village code.

The Albion Zoning Board of Appeals will have a public hearing at 4 p.m. on Wednesday about the variances. The hearing is at the Village Hall, 35 East Bank St.

DePaul anticipates the 50 spaces will be adequate based on the demand at its other apartment buildings. DePaul serves low-income individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities.

With the rear setback, DePaul will plant a row of evergreen trees for additional screening. DePaul also wants the taller sound wall to mitigate noise from the neighboring rail line.

The Village of Albion Planning Board will then have a public hearing at 5 p.m. for the site plan of the 40-unit apartment complex at 150 Liberty St.

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