Blocher Homes site, housing proposal being reviewed by village

People Inc., a nonprofit organization, is proposing to renovate and expand the current Blocher Homes building, located at 135 Evans Street, to construct new apartments.

The Planning Board during a special meeting on May 18 approved, by a 4-3 vote, a negative declaration of the State Environmental Quality Review. With the determination, the majority of the board agreed that the proposal for 135 Evans St. would not result in adverse environmental impacts.

The May 18 agenda can be accessed by CLICKING HERE. The agenda file includes updated site layout and elevation plans that were revised by the applicant.

A recording of the Planning Board’s May 18 meeting is available by CLICKING HERE.

While the public was able view the May 18 meeting via Zoom, the agenda did not include a public hearing or an opportunity for audience participation.

As a way to provide transparency, access to all of the proposal’s files, including images, studies, and reports, as well as correspondence from the public, lead agencies and the responsible boards, can be found in the first bullet point below.

A link to access meeting minutes is provided in the second bullet point.

The village Board of Trustees is stressing to the public that the project is only being reviewed by the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board:

“While the Blocher Homes project is in the village boundaries, the mayor and trustees have no influence or decision-making ability as it pertains to the project,” Mayor Deb Rogers said on Oct. 28, 2019. “These decisions lie within the parameters of the village’s Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.”