Dutchgate seeks lower age, again
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But Azopardi said he had reservations about moving into a community that allowed rentals. Ronnie Siegel, who moved in two months ago after waiting her whole life to be an owner, said she felt the same way. She noted that a resident-only homeowners’ association won’t have full control of Dutchgate until the last unit is sold. “As long as one renter lives there,” she said, “we will never have control.”
Neighbors from surrounding streets, including West Gate, which runs along the east side of the property, were also critical of the proposed changes, saying that Dutchgate has failed to live up to some of its obligations, including the installation of an eight-foot-high privacy fence and dense landscaping around the property. Darcy instructed Bonesso to make sure the developer completes those projects, which were stipulations in last year’s agreement.
County Legislator Carrié Solages said that several residents of Dutchgate and the surrounding neighborhood had contacted him. Even though the county has no jurisdiction in the matter, Solages, whose district includes the property, met with a large group to discuss the developer’s legal obligations based on prior town board decisions. He said he has concerns that Dutchgate has not always been a good neighbor.
The town board held off on a decision on the age change. It will await an official letter from the developer withdrawing the application for rental units. The public hearing remains open, with the town board still accepting written comments. A vote is expected at the Jan. 8 meeting.