208-unit apartment complex proposed for Curry Road in Rotterdam

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The promoter of a 208-unit apartment complex project is seeking to change the zoning of the project site at 2625, chemin Curry.

However, not all residents of the city want to see the zoning change or the project come to fruition.

William Hoblock, who is listed as an applicant on the zoning change form, and Victor Fiano, et. al., owner of 2625 Curry Road Development Partners LLC, is proposing to build 208 apartments across 8 structures on the site, according to documents provided to the city. There will be a combination of one, two and three bedroom apartments ranging from 800 to 1,450 square feet.

The design also includes a clubhouse, outdoor pool, and internal garages.

According to documents submitted to the city, the developer is asking to change the majority of the property’s zoning to multi-family residential, with a part remaining zoned for retail. The property is currently zoned for a division between retail, light industry and single family residence.

On Wednesday, city council voted unanimously to send the zoning change request to the city’s planning commission and its global advisory committee.

2625 Curry Road Development LLC said their project is part of the city’s current overall plan, noting that the Curry Manor Apartments are located just across the street, with other complexes located around the corner from Carman Road.

At least one inhabitant no longer wants apartments in the city.

Charles Jack Dodson has said he wants a moratorium on new apartment complexes.

“I just think we’re at a saturation point,” he said.

Dodson, who is running for city council, said he was also concerned about the increased traffic such a project would bring to Hamburg Street, which already has heavy traffic. He is also concerned about the city’s infrastructure.

“Do we have the infrastructure to add all this density to the city? ” He asked.

Still, city supervisor Steven Tommasone said there was a need for more apartments at Wednesday’s city council meeting.

“The demand for housing cannot be denied as the surrounding apartment buildings are reaching capacity and waiting lists continue to grow,” Tommasone said. “We have to work with developers to provide a variety of housing types in Rotterdam to meet all needs and income levels. Rotterdam is set to continue improving existing infrastructure to better support population growth. With more new construction on the horizon, these owners will most likely come from apartments in our city. Having this pipeline is important.

Dodson said he plans to be at the next planning committee meeting, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

For more details on the project, visit https://www.rotterdamny.org/blob/files.ashx?ID=41579 and go to page 68.

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