October 23, 2021

C’ville apartments proposed

Developer wants to build 144-unit complex on Route 13

Illustration provided by Rand Development

The location of a proposed 26-acre, 144-apartment unit complex next to Route 13 in Cortlandville is shown in yellow.

A developer proposes building a 144-unit apartment complex on Route 13 in Cortlandville, plans that will be reviewed at the next town Planning Board meeting, a town official said Tuesday.

The project is planned on 26 acres immediately west of JM Murray’s offices, according to a project outline by EP Land Services LLC of Cohoes.

The 144 apartment units in two, four-story buildings would include:

• 54 one-bedroom apartments.
• 82 two-bedroom apartments.
• Eight three-bedroom apartments.

No cost was listed in the project outline. A representative from EP Land Services did not return a request for comment.

Bruce Weber, the planning and zoning officer for Cortlandville, said the project will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting for a sketch plan review. Where the project goes from there will be based on conversations between the applicant and the board.

No timeline has been established for the project, Weber said. “At this point in time, I got to wait and see,” he said.

Cortlandville Town Attorney John DelVecchio recommended at the town board meeting last week the town hire an expert on the State Environmental Quality Review Act, required to determine environmental impacts of projects within the town, given the proposed project’s size.

The location is across Route 13 from the Walmart on Bennie Road, which was built over a sole-source aquifer providing water to more than 30,000 people, and rises to within about 6 feet of the surface.

Weber also said that while the town hasn’t had many housing projects proposed recently, this one stands out for its size.

“A project of this size is not something that comes by every year,” he said.

It would be more than three times larger than a 40-condominium development proposed in 2019 on Dee Street in Homer, and five times larger than a 28- unit development proposed in December on Dryden Road in Dryden. But it would be about two-thirds the size of a 220-unit development proposed in 2018 in Varna, on Dryden’s western edge.