VESTAL, NY – Residents of Vestal are opposing a planned housing development for the Bunn Hill Road plan to sue the city for its approval of the project.
A group calling itself Citizens for Responsible Vestal Zoning is planning a rally at 6 p.m. Wednesday night at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, located directly across from where the retreat would be in Bunn Hill.
City Council recently unanimously approved a proposal by Landmark Properties to build 161 detached homes on 43 acres on the western slope of Bunn Hill.
The accommodation is marketed to Binghamton University students, faculty and administrators as well as young professionals.
Frank Urban lives a mile down the hill on Lauderdale Road.
Urban says the project will rumble traffic through the neighborhood and rain runoff from rooftops and parking lots will flood Bunn Hill Creek behind his home.
“You can see this water. This water comes from there. In a big storm, that water is going to flow down here and further erode our property and bring down more trees. It’s also a dangerous situation, with some of these trees falling on people,” says Urban.
The opposition group claims to have a thousand supporters spread across the city.
He is appealing for funds to pay an Albany environmental lawyer to file a Section 78 lawsuit in the state Supreme Court to overturn the city’s approval.
Vestal supervisor John Schaffer said board members exercised due diligence, studied the facts and followed all proper procedures and he believes their decision will stand in court.
A Landmark spokesperson released a statement saying there is a clear need for additional housing options and plans to be a good neighbour.
They also said the following:
“We are grateful and encouraged by the unanimous approval of Vestal Town Council for the zoning of The Retreat at Bunn Hill. With high-quality, low-density housing, The Retreat will help fill a clear need for additional housing options in Vestal while simultaneously delivering tremendous economic benefits to the community and local businesses.
As we shared from the beginning of this process, our main goal is to provide quality housing and to be a good neighbor. We are delighted to have the opportunity to fulfill these commitments for our future residents of The Retreat and for all citizens of Vestal – and we look forward to being part of this vibrant community for years to come.