County planners support DePaul’s 40-unit housing project in Village of Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 June 2018 at 1:39 pm

ALBION – The Orleans County Planning Board gave its support on Thursday for a proposed 40-unit housing project in the Village of Albion on Liberty Street.

The Planning Board recommended the village approve the site plan for the project and also three variances.

DePaul Properties of Rochester 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.

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 has the final vote on the site plan with the Zoning Board of Appeals to vote on the variances.

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