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.

UPDATE AS OF AUG. 5: The Planning Board during its meeting on Aug. 3 reviewed an updated site plan for 135 Evans St. A vote on the matter was not held; however, the board tentatively scheduled a vote on the site plan to be held during its next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The Aug. 3 meeting was held via Zoom. To view a recording of the meeting, CLICK HERE.

To view the updated site plan and an overview of its revisions, CLICK HERE.

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.

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

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.”