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Clay senior housing proposals spark debate

— A number of other residents also asked why another senior housing project is necessary, given the new Affordable Senior Housing apartment complex being constructed at the corner of Route 31 and Morgan Road as well as the Toll Road complex. Kimmel addressed the question.

“We have had a market analyst who came in and did a preliminary study,” Kimmel said. “We found that there is a need for 90 additional units. Toll Road has 100 people on its waiting list. People are waiting to have safe, decent, affordable places to live without having to leave their support system. This is needed for this income group at these rent levels.”

But the area residents weren’t convinced that this was the proper location for the project. Albert Fabrizzi, who lives on Soule Road, pointed out that traffic on Soule Road is so bad that he can’t get out of his driveway at any time of day. Speeds are so high on that stretch of road that the owner of the property in question, Richard DeSocia, put up a silhouette of a sheriff’s car on his property to get people to slow down.

“If I was Mr. DeSocia, I’d be the first one to sell the property,” Fabrizzi said, “because he wants to get the hell out of there, too.”

About 30 people remained for the second hearing on Michaels Farms, which is seeking a much more involved zone change. The parcels involved, located at 8073 and 8097 Morgan Road, are currently zoned RA-100 Residential Agricultural; the proposal is asking for a change to R-SR Senior Residence District-1, LuC-1 Limited Use District for Gasoline Services and NC-1 Commercial District. Romans was the speaker for the applicant in that case as well.

The application has been previously submitted to the board, but was pulled to address some issues raised by area residents. The new proposal is simplified; the streets aren’t connected, though they can be if the town wishes, and it leaves a good amount of green space.

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