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Developers resurrect Southpointe plans on Grand Island

Posted at 11:38 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 23:38:26-04

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WKBW) — Plans for a more-than-20-year-old development is being brought up in Grand Island, again. Developers want to build 117 homes and over 500 independent and assisted living units on a plot of land near the south Grand Island Bridge. It's called Southpointe.

“People who have been on Grand Island want to stay here. They enjoy it. They love it. And here they have the opportunity for their family to stay and retire here,” said Harold Schertz, the principal of SRI, LLC.

The similar development, planned 20 years ago was never built.

The Grand Island residents who came to an informational meeting, Monday night, came to speak out against the idea.

“The people who live here, and have been here for decades, even people who develop property, they can see that this will overburden our sewer system, it will overburden our bridges, that are already crazy,” said Maureen Phillips of Grand Island.

One of the architects of the project used to live on Grand Island. He understands that most don't want more construction.

“Stop them at the bridge! Please no more!” said Douglas Scheid of Scheid Architectural. “The fact is, we have 284 acres here and we're going to develop about 10% of that. The other 250 acres is going to remain natural.”

Monday night was an informational meeting. The proposal still has many steps to go through before any construction.