Lewis­ton sub­di­vi­sion gets ini­tial OK; 91 homes, 16 town­house units planned

The Buffalo News - - BUSINESS - By Thomas J. Pro­haska

The con­cept for Lewis­ton’s first large sub­di­vi­sion in at least a decade, call­ing for 91 pa­tio homes and four town­houses of four units each, was ap­proved, 4-1, by the Town Board on Mon­day night.

The prices for the homes likely will start in the high $200,000 range, said John Ru­bino of Ru­bino Broth­ers, the Wil­liamsville de­vel­oper han­dling the project.

“I’ve spo­ken to many real­tors about the de­mand for this,” Ru­bino said. “There are cur­rently no pa­tio homes for sale in Lewis­ton. It gives an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion a chance to down­size from their big two-story house and stay in Lewis­ton.”

Ru­bino said that the one-story pa­tio homes will range in size from 1,500 to 2,400 square feet, all with at­tached two-car garages. A home­own­ers as­so­ci­a­tion will han­dle main­te­nance and yard work, he said.

Be­fore any­thing is built, a fu­ture Town Board vote on the de­tailed lay­out will be needed, Build­ing In­spec­tor Ti­mothy R. Masters said, and that process will be­gin with Planning Board re­view, as the con­cept did.

The Town Board, re­spond­ing to con­cerns of res­i­dents on Bron­son Drive and other res­i­den­tial streets in the vicin­ity, or­dered that Ru­bino Broth­ers must build a tem­po­rary road off Up­per Moun­tain Road for use by con­struc­tion ve­hi­cles and per­form a traf­fic study for each of the three phases of the project.

The site is 80.2 acres on the east side of Bron­son Drive, north of Up­per Moun­tain Road. More than 70 town­house units and some sin­gle-fam­ily homes were con­structed in the area more than 30 years ago.

How­ever, Smith Broth­ers Con­struc­tion, which had won town ap­proval for a larger project in 1982, never com­pleted it. Ru­bino Broth­ers re­cently picked up the ball and submitted a re­vised plan. It was cut back from 119 pa­tio homes af­ter meet­ings with town of­fi­cials.

The de­vel­oper also plans to do­nate 4.79 acres at the south end of the site to the Ni­a­gara Fron­tier Bi­ble Church for fu­ture recre­ational use. It bor­ders on the church’s ex­ist­ing play­ground.

Town Su­per­vi­sor Steve Brod­er­ick has said the do­nated land is a wet­land on which no houses could be built, but with the do­na­tion, the town could cut a foot­path through the woods for kids from the sub­di­vi­sion to reach the play­ground with­out hav­ing to walk down Bron­son Drive.

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