Salina: Senior housing causes a stir

The buildings are fully handicapped accessible. One-bedroom units are 650 to 690 square feet and cost between $700-725 a month including heat and hot water. The two bedroom units are 850 square feet and cost $810 a month.

Connors briefly spoke of traffic issues. The access road to the complex would be off of Patricia Drive. A traffic study has been submitted to the town engineer for review, but that has not yet been completed.

"About 70 percent of the residents have a car, based on residents at our other buildings," Connors said. "Peak hours for traffic for single family homes have been identified as 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. For the senior residents they have found according to national averages there would be 31 cars active between 7 and 9 a.m. and 73 between 4 and 6 p.m. According to the zoning the site could hold 200 single family hoes, but even if there were just 100 there would be more traffic than the seniors will generate.

Connors went on to say that the construction traffic would be off of Buckley Road. There would be a buffer of approximately 100 feet between the back edge of the current Patricia Drive resident's yards and the building. They would consider putting up fences or landscaping at the property line. The drainage would be self-contained. There would be two ponds with fountains to avoid stagnant water.

Second Ward Councilor Tom Saya was concerned about non-resident traffic.

"What is the impact on traffic when the residents have visitors?" Saya asked.

Connors said this is not an issue in their other sties.

"We would like them to have more visitors," he said. "Sadly visitation is not an issue."

First Ward Councilor Colleen Gunnip asked if they had explored access from Buckley Road. Connors said that it is not considered safe to have four curb cuts in such a short span of road and county officials had made it clear the access could not be from Buckley Road. The bridge over the Thruway is higher than the road and would limit the sight line for those trying to turn left onto Buckley.

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