Opponents of the Bunn Hill Housing Project plan rally and lawsuit

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VESTAL, NY – Vestal residents opposed to a housing development planned for Bunn Hill Road plan to sue the town over its approval of the project.

A group calling itself Citizens for Responsible Vestal Zoning is planning a rally at 6 P-M Wednesday evening at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, located directly across the road from where The Retreat at Bunn Hill would be located.

The town board recently gave unanimous approval to a proposal by Landmark Properties to build 161 detached homes across 43 acres on the west slope of Bunn Hill.

The housing is being 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 snarl traffic in the neighborhood and rainfall run-off from the roofs and parking lots will flood Bunn Hill Creek behind his home.

“You can see that water. That water’s coming from there. In a big storm, that water is going to flow down here and erode our property more and knock more trees down. It’s a dangerous situation too, some of these trees falling on people,” says Urban.

The opposition group says it has a thousand supporters spread across the town.

It’s launching a fundraising appeal to pay for an environmental lawyer out of Albany to file an Article 78 Proceeding in State Supreme Court to overturn the town’s approval.

Vestal Supervisor John Schaffer says board members did their due diligence, studying the facts and following all of the proper procedures and he believes their decision will hold up in court.

A Landmark spokesman released a statement saying there is a clear need for additional housing options and that it plans to be a good neighbor.

They also said the following:

“We are grateful for and encouraged by the Vestal Town Board’s unanimous zoning approval for The Retreat at Bunn Hill. Through high-quality, low-density housing, The Retreat will help meet a clear need for additional housing options in Vestal while simultaneously providing tremendous economic benefits for the community and local businesses. 

As we shared from the very beginning of this process, our primary focus is to deliver quality housing and to be a good neighbor. We’re excited to have the opportunity to deliver on those commitments for our future residents at The Retreat and for all Vestal citizens — and we look forward to being a part of this vibrant community for years to come.” 

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