People Inc.’s Plans for Blocher Homes Anger Neighbors in Upscale Enclave

Aug. 11, 2019

This photo shows how close the Blocher Homes property on Evans Street in Williamsville is to  expensive homes on Village Pointe Lane. (James P.  McCoy/Buffalo News)
This photo shows how close the Blocher Homes property on Evans Street in Williamsville is to expensive homes on Village Pointe Lane.

Since 1906, senior citizens have lived on a pastoral Williamsville property along Evans Street donated for their use by Buffalo businessman John Blocher.

The assisted-living facility gained new neighbors in recent years as contractors carved out a development of 19 luxury homes on land just behind Blocher Homes stretching toward the escarpment.

Now, a proposal to expand and repurpose the senior complex threatens to shatter the tranquil coexistence between Blocher Homes and owners of some of the most valuable homes in Amherst.

People Inc. plans to buy the Evans Street property and build a larger residence for mixed-income tenants and people living with disabilities.

Officials with the two organizations say housing for this population is badly needed in Williamsville, Blocher Homes can’t afford to operate as it’s now structured and they will do everything they can to address the concerns of neighbors and to find a new home for all 50 current tenants.
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2 Responses to “People Inc.’s Plans for Blocher Homes Anger Neighbors in Upscale Enclave”

  1. Walt says:

    So the Blocher Home has been there for many years before they started to develop this exclusive development. These homeowners must have realized that their homes were being constructed adjacent to this property. There is I believe only one of the homes within the Village of Williamsville,
    the balance are in the Town of Amherst. The people in the village did not want this subdivision and it became a reality. So to me it seems hypocritical of them to create issues with this proposal without negotiating with People Inc

  2. Money Talks says:

    This PROPOSED development appears to be placed very close to Evans street, not the properties in the back, and apparently is more of a problem for the homes across Evans street, and those located to either side of the proposed new structure.

    No meeting minutes have yet been posted for the public to see, but I expect the ZBA gave them all the variances they asked for — they usually do.

    The criteria for development decisions change over time, reflecting who is making them, how the community is evolving, and other external land use pressures(i.e., federal, NYS, local competition).

    What doesn’t change is the power of developer $$!

    Zoning Board of Appeals (Williamsville)
    AGENDA August 7, 2019 at 7:00PM

    http://walkablewilliamsville.com/docs/minutes/zoning-board/2019.08.07%20-%20ZBA%20Website%20Upload%20(3).pdf

    -$$

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