Michael Yaniga has lived in Irondequoit his entire life. He said there’s no place he’d rather live.
“I bought my first home here 4 years ago. I grew up on Oakridge Drive which is two streets over ever since I was a little kid,” said Yaniga.
Yaniga and many of his neighbors who live on Colebrooke Drive are happy with where they live. However there’s a potential new neighbor that’s sparking concern.
“I know a lot of my neighbors will leave if these apartments go in,” said Yaniga.
The current site where the Capstone Real Estate Development group wants to build an apartment building is the location of the former St. Thomas Catholic School. The building closed nearly three years ago. Hector Cartagena who lives down the street feels demolishing and reconstructing the former school to an apartment building will destroy the calm and normally quiet nature of the area.
“There will be more traffic. I believe it’ll disrupt the neighborhood,” said Cartagena.
The developers want to build 27, one bedroom, loft-style apartments. Constructing this building would rezone the neighborhood from R-1, which is an area of mainly single family houses to an R-5, which consists of a more city and densely populated style environment.
“I’m concerned about what it’ll do to the neighborhood,” said Robert Tushong.
On Tuesday, the Irondequoit Town Board held a public town hall meeting to listen to plans from the developer and people who live in the area.
“This project would be weighed against the comprehensive plan. The board will look at other factors, things related to community impacts and infrastructure and whether or not it’s consistent with the character of the neighborhood,” said Kerry Ivers, Town of Irondequoit Planning and Zoning Administrator.
For now the town will conduct a full and thorough site plan review of the project. Once that’s complete, the town boards will make a decision on whether to give the developers a green light to construct the building. However, not without a fight.
“As a warning to the town board, if they approve this we’re going to be hiring a lawyer to represent us. We will bring a class action lawsuit against the town,” said Yaniga.