Developer Frank Parlato Jr. is inviting neighbors of his proposed
senior citizens housing park on North Creek Road in the Town of Hamburg to
discuss their objections at a meeting next Thursday at 7 p.m. in the former
Cliffside Restaurant, 2051 North Creek Road.
"If there's a real consensus of opinion and they don't want this there,
then I'd look for another location," Parlato told The Buffalo News.
"Ideally, I've always seen the property as a park."
Parlato plans to retain a park-like atmosphere around the $8 million,
200-unit, three-story building. More than 50 percent of the site along
18-mile Creek would be left as green space, he said. The parking lot, which
currently can hold 250 cars, would be made smaller, he added.
"I want to create an environment that will encourage people to visit more
often," he said. "I plan to tie it in with Buttermilk Falls. What's nice
about it is there are two paths down the cliff which I would open to the
public. Right now there's no public access."
Parlato outlined his plan Wednesday for the Hamburg Town Planning Board.
After he submits an official proposal, he hopes to begin construction in
The 90,000-square-foot complex would house apartments, a recreation room,
an auditorium, a store, a doctor's office, a pharmacy and an adult day-care
"The plan also calls for another restaurant, which would also encourage
visitation of the older people," Parlato said. "It's supposed to be a
socially conscious project. We're going to have a constitution for the
residents so they have a voice in the management.
"I've done a lot of developments," he added, "and I've never done one where
I've overrun the neighbors' concerns. How can it be a good, humanitarian
project if you start out with all the neighbors upset?"
At the planning board meeting Wednesday, residents cited concerns about
traffic, safety along the cliffs and the impact on the neighborhood.
Parlato noted that a previous developer had gotten town approval for a
230-unit condominium development and a strip plaza on the site, despite
objections from the neighbors, but the project was never built. The parcel
is zoned NC (neighborhood commercial).