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Lofts at Brockway Look to Add 25 New Residences in Village of Homer


During the Village of Homer Planning Boards meeting on Wednesday evening, Jamie Yaman, Principal Real Estate Broker for Yaman Real Estate, presented early preliminary plans for the Lofts at Brockway Square.

The property, 43 James Street, features multiple warehouse buildings, an abandoned industrial building, open lots, the Homer Police Station, and a historic red colored building . A description of the project shows the demolition of the large existing industrial building and in its place, the construction of a three-story mixed use building with 25 high-end apartments.

Note: This is an early preliminary site map of the property. The proposed apartments would be located in the tan area. Image via Village of Homer.

Yaman says the overall goal for the housing project is to support the “critical need” for more housing in the Village of Homer. The Lofts will feature high quality living and Yaman expects a variety of tenants from young professionals, young families to older residents looking to downsize without leaving the village.

Renderings show spacious one, two, and three bedroom apartments featuring balconies. Each apartment will come with 2 parking spaces.

“The efforts of this exciting development project will contribute to the vibrancy of the Village of Homer by attracting and retaining residences into the village, while also fostering economic growth and prosperity.”

Originally, plans for the project showed 30 apartments planned, Yaman said it was reduced to 25 units to make the project feasible. The apartments would be in a newly built building where the industrial building once sat. Yaman said the cost to renovate the current building was too expensive and it was a better decision to tear down and build new.

Preliminary renderings of the new building show a reddish/pink three story building with a front porch with the name “W.N. Brockway Carriage WO” on the side. Yaman said after researching the site, it was discovered the property was the original site for Brockway Carriage Works. The new building would be built facing East to West.

Original W.N. Brockway Carriage building

The remaining use for the other buildings on the property, Yaman says he is still working on plans, but mentioned the historic red building along James Street next to the Police Station. He is currently in talks with the Seven Valleys Health Coalition for it to be converted to a year-round farmers market.

Overall, the Planning Board expressed their support for the project and excitement, but did note they will ensure the project goes through the proper steps towards approval.

When asked about if there were any toxic waste on the property, Yaman said the phase 1 and 2 environmental report showed nothing came back on any toxins. The report surprised board members until it was clarified that the report was for the ground site and not the actual building.

The building itself will most likely have lead paint and/or asbestos and will need proper removal. An environmental report on the building still needs to be done for confirmation of any toxins before demolition.

More details into the project are expected to be discussed at the next planning board meeting in March. Some details include: clarifications on the use of zoning and allowance of mixed-use zoning, fire department accessibility, and other uses for the remaining buildings.

The project is expected to be reviewed by County Planning, who will submit their own recommendations of the project to the Village Planning Board for further consideration.

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