Suburban developer Paul Bliss is moving forward with previously announced plans for a new upscale mixed-use project on Maple Road in Amherst that will bring 113 new apartments and townhouses to the east end of town, while upscale home builder is pursuing a new 18 – development in the same area on Klein Rd.
Bliss, through its investors MEL and PB Investors LLC, wants to construct a four-building complex at 1720, 1740 and 1760 Maple Road, on the north side of the street just east of the intersection with Youngs Road. He already owns 1720 and 1740, and has 1760 under contract to purchase from McGuire Acquisitions LLC.
The $20-25 million project would consist of two four-story mixed-use buildings, with 102 total apartments and 7,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor of the building’s facade perpendicular to Maple. Additionally, he would build a pair of two-story townhouses – one with six units and one with five – along with attached garages.
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In total, the project would include 150 surface parking spaces and 49 garage spaces, as well as entrances from Maple and existing walkways from Maple and Ayer roads in WNY’s Pediatric and Adolescent Urgent Care. It also includes driveways, landscaping, lighting and utilities, on a 5.1 acre site. Designed by Carmina Wood Design, the project requires site plan approval, zoning variances and permits, and would take approximately two years to complete.
First, however, Bliss is again asking the city to rezone the three properties from “residential” and “office” to “deep corridor” to allow construction of the mixed-use project without having to provide what the promoter considers an excessive amount. parking. The city council already issued a “negative environmental impact statement” under state law in July and also amended its Bicentennial Comprehensive Plan to mark the site as suitable for mixed use.
The Amherst Planning Board will consider the rezoning application this week.
Also in Amherst, Pendleton’s Regency Builders LLC — an upscale home builder — is working with engineers from Greenman-Pedersen Inc. on a development plan for a new subdivision called Regency Commons at 166 Klein Road.
This is a 5.41 acre narrow woodland property located on the north side of the street between Kingsway Drive and Bentley Court, midway between Hopkins and Youngs roads. It is currently owned by Mohammad Qasaymeh of Amherst and is bounded by more forested land to the north and residential development on both sides.
The proposed new neighborhood would contain 18 lots of single-family detached homes, which could range in size from 9,000 to 29,000 square feet, and located on both sides of a new street called Regency Lane, with a “T” turn at the north end.
Regency has filed a preliminary plan application with the city planning board, but the project also needs “open development area” approval from the zoning appeal board, as well as highway permits, d sewer and water. If approved, it would take approximately 12 months to build.
Buffalo’s Mohit Kumar wants the city to rezone a small, quarter-acre property he owns at 6254 Main Street from residential to multi-family so he can build a two-unit rental building , adjacent to an existing multi-family townhouse development.
Kumar says the project would provide a greater diversity of housing options in the area.
If approved, construction would take six months, from spring to summer 2023.