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Pride Mark Homes New Townhouse Project in Webster NY

Democrat & Chronicle September 16, 2013

Webster Weighs State Road Townhouse Project

Town would gain open space as part of the proposal

The town of Webster stands to gain about 85 acres of open space as part of a new townhouse development off State Road, if a zoning change is approved as expected.

The development, by Pride Mark Homes, would have 116 townhouses in two-, three- and four-unit buildings, said company president Jim Barbato. They would start around $225,000 and average around $275,000, targeted toward empty-nesters and other aging homeowners.

The townhouse plan requires rezoning from lower to higher density residential, and the 116 units would be condensed into about 25 acres on the 119-acre tract, Barbato said.

Of the remaining land, about 85 acres would be deeded to the town for preservation as open space and a smaller chunk would go to a homeowners’ association for the same purpose. Four Mile Creek runs through the tract.

“I really feel like we’re creating a win-win for the people who want to live here and for the town, preserving a lot of woods and wildlife,” Barbato said.

The developer and the town have been discussing the project for about a year, and Supervisor Ronald Nesbitt said he expects Pride Mark to receive the zoning change. The planning board has already given its informal approval.

Nesbitt noted the benefit of 116 more homeowners paying town and school taxes, few of them with children attending Webster schools.

“That’s as good as putting up any kind of business there is,” he said. “It’s great economic development for the rest of the taxed entities in the town.”

The development and open space would also help abate some flooding issues on adjacent land. Barbato said his company would “oversize” its stormwater management system, and Nesbitt said the town would look into creating retention and detention ponds in the open space, which would also have hiking trails and a small parking lot.

The land is on the north side of State Road between Salt and Phillips roads. It is currently owned by Phillipone Associates Inc., but Barbato said his company has a contract in place to buy the land.

If everything goes to plan, construction would begin in spring 2014 and people could move in by the end of that year, Barbato said.

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