By Larry Austin
Island Dispatch Editor
The Grand Island Planning Board gave site plan approval Monday for another apartment complex on Grand Island Boulevard.
Dave Mazur of Oakwood Ridge Apartments presented renderings of his apartment complex to the Planning Board during a meeting in Town Hall. He has a subdivision planned for the intersection of Bedell Road and Grand Island Boulevard, at 2984 Grand Island Blvd.
The development would consist of two buildings of eight units each, four apartments upstairs and four downstairs. Mazur described the buildings as similar in appearance to those at his other development, Nottingham Estates on Grand Island Boulevard.
During discussion with Planning Board members, Mazur said right now Nottingham Estates has a ratio of 2:1 senior tenants to professionals. Oakwood Ridge Apartments would offer apartments at a slightly cheaper price point, in the $950 to $995 range.
The board voted 6-0 for approval with modifications. The matter is on the agenda for Monday's meeting of the Grand Island Town Board.
Also before the Planning Board was a proposal by Benderson Development, owners of the Tops plaza on Grand Island Boulevard, to construct a new out parcel in proximity to the current KeyBank building. The storefront would face south, away from KeyBank.
James Boglioli of Benderson presented plans to the Planning Board for a new 7,000-square-foot building near a present entry to the plaza parking lot. The building could house a retail store or small restaurant, though Boglioli stressed that there is no future tenant identified as yet. The entry from the boulevard would be moved if the new out parcel is approved.
The board discussed the possibility of the developer covering and piping the ditch on the boulevard in front of the plaza, where Town Engineer John Whitney said the sidewalk is eroding because the ditch is so steep.
The board took no action and could address the matter again at its next meeting May 8.