Outcry Over Proposed Senior Living Facility

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM EDT

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) Residents who live near the site of a proposed senior rental community are trying to get the project halted.

Young Development from Elma is planning to build the complex at 1055 Youngs Road in Amherst.

Called "Sharon's Place," it will include three 3-story buildings, detached garages, and 189 parking spaces.

Young Development says it hopes to start construction in Spring 2014.

But the project is creating a public outcry from residents who live in neighborhoods on two sides of the property where the development will be built.

"We strongly oppose this project because it is bad development for the Town of Amherst," said long-time resident Dr. Patrick Welch, PhD, who has lived on Treebrooke Court for 35 years.

The upset residents say the project will destroy a forested green space area that lines their back yards and separates the two neighborhoods.

Home owners told Eyewitness News that they were promised that no development would ever take place at the property because it was considered a wet-land area.

Residents also fear that the project will create water run-off problems and could cause more damage to nearby basement foundations - many of which have had repairs due to settling and soft soil conditions.

A petition with 65 signatures has been collected opposing the construction.

An official from Young Development said the company plans to meet with the residents to discuss their concerns and to see how the project can be adjusted to appease the property owners.