Public Hearing July 30th for Homer Housing Project Zone Change
Village of Homer trustees have set a public hearing in connection with a proposed zoning change that if approved would clear the way for a 40 unit apartment complex.
Homer Village Trustees will take comments on July 30th at six o’clock in connection with local developer and building supply store owner Ken DeMunn’s proposed multi unit housing project.
DeMunn is looking to build his apartment units on an over 4 acre parcel near the intersection of Route 281 and Route 41.
Back In 2007 DeMunn proposed a 28 unit apartment complex in the same location which backs up to homes on neighboring Miller Drive and Route 41. At that time DeMunn received approvals to rezone the property from a business use to planned district development residential, which allows for greater residential density than traditional residential zoning.
DeMunn’s plans never moved forward due to the high cost of developing the project.
DeMunn has now revised his project, and is nearly doubling the number of 2 bedroom apartment units. He plans to build the new housing in phases over the next five years.
The site is now bordered by the Super Cream Dairy Bar and Origins Coffee house, the access road to the new development would run between the two businesses, with another driveway on Route 41.
Some neighbors have raised objections to the plan, they say the increased density, noise, and traffic will negatively impact their homes. Some residents say they will call for a revaluation of their property because their homes will be worth less if the development is allowed to locate near them.
The intersection of Route 41 and 281 can be congested at times, there are no dedicated turn lanes and with the addition of the ice-cream shop and coffee house traffic volumes have increased. DeMunn’s project engineer says the development will add 25 more cars during peak traffic times.