Town of Lockport Rezones Bowmiller Property for ‘Age-In-Place’ Townhomes and Apartments

The Town of Lockport voted unanimously Wednesday night, approving around 6 acres of rezoning to an already greenlit senior living development project on Bowmiller Road, shortly before the Akron Road and Lincoln Avenue intersection.  Additionally, a request to approve the overall development plan as it stands today, and a negative declaration on environmental impact as required by New York State Law also passed through.

5736 Bowmiller, LLC is the company aiming to develop the large plot of land into varying arrangements of mostly townhome style living accommodations.  Last night’s rezoning changed a small piece of the nearly 100 acre plot from Residential (R1) to Planned Unit Development (PUD).  The rest of the property is already zoned to specification for this project, so no changes are required.

Representing 5736 Bowmiller, LLC, Sean Hopkins, an attorney specializing in environmental, industry, and zoning law gave a briefing of the project for the board and residents alike.  Joined by Kristin Savard, Owner and Project Engineer at Advanced Design Group, the two explained where the project is headed.

The plot of land owned by 5736 Bowmiller, LLC is 99.3 acres in size.  Hopkins explained, “Of that, we are currently proposing to develop 65.9 acres.  The remainder of the site, which is the northern end, would be available for some development at some point in the future.  If and when we get to that point, we’ll come back in front of you and have plans.  It is important to note that at this time we have not formulated any plans whatsoever for the remainder of the site.”

Furthermore, Hopkins elaborated on the project’s overall goal, stating, “Our overall goal for this project is for it to be an age-in-place project.  So, we have designed various components with that in mind.” 

Apart from the 12 two-family townhomes that already exist on the nearly 100-acre plot, Hopkins explained what the project could yield if everything goes to plan.  Giving a breakdown, he noted there will be:

  • 46 additional two-family townhomes
  • 14 townhomes with 4 units per building
  • 2 potential 4-story senior housing buildings
  • 1 potential 4-story assisted living/skilled nursing facility

In addition to just putting up the structures, Hopkins explained that this project will bring repairs by 5736 Bowmiller, LLC to roadways, sanitary sewer lines, waterlines, landscaping, lighting and the area’s recreational trail. 

The next Town of Lockport Board Meeting is to be held on October 7th at 7:30 p.m.  The next Planning Board Meeting is September 15th at 7:00 p.m.  The next Zoning Board Meeting is September 22nd at 6:00 p.m.