Greenleaves Buildings #27 & #25
The Zoning Board of Appeals is pretty used to concerned neighbors attending a public hearing with the intent to squash a proposed development via Special Permit in their front or backyard.
Concerned Greenleaves residents pack May 14 ZBA meeting
But their May 14 meeting was a tad unique in that owners who live in Greenleaves Retirement Community turned out to complain about a Community Center being built in their side yard, a structure that is required by the original 2004 Special Permit that allowed Greenleaves to be built in the first place.
Open lot between buildings #25 & #27
A legal arrangement they were aware of when first purchasing their condos in the development.
When the condo project was first built each building had one unit temporarily set aside as a "community room" as a convenience for the residents until the Community Center was constructed.
But the tenant/owners have now gotten used to that arrangement and apparently like it better than a stand alone building nearby.
Proposed Community Room (that may not happen)
The project owners wish to reclaim the original community rooms and sell them as residential units as originally planned.
The ZBA is now stuck in the middle of the dispute. In a somewhat informal poll taken by management 18 residents supported building the new Community Center and 24 opposed it.
Senior Planner Jeff Bagg expressed concern that so much time has been spent on the proposed building and now it may not happen. The ZBA would still have to modify the original Special Permit to allow for nixing the Community Center and approve that space for parking or any other function.
The hearing was continued to June 11th.
Russell Street is Rt 9. Greenleaves straddles Amherst/Hadley border