BUSTI - The Busti Zoning Board listened to testimonials from Corning residents of a Calamar housing project at a recent meeting.
Robin Gage, a property manager at a Calamar property near Corning, brought in some of the building's residents in support of a Calamar housing project in Busti.
"Something to remember is when you rent all 110 of these units to local people who otherwise would not be able to stay in the community ... all of that money stays in the community," Gage said. "They are happy to stay. The town is very happy to have them stay."
According to Gage, the Calamar property near Corning filled its 107 units and has a waiting list of over 100 people for an apartment.
Rod Outwait, a resident at the facility, spoke about how he didn't want to go to Calamar, but it was the best decision he ever made.
"Did I want to do this? No," Outwait said, adding that nobody wants to leave their homes.
"It's the greatest thing in the income level which I am - which is currently barely above poverty. Honest to God folks, if you live to be as old as I am, this is the answer. Truly."
Other residents spoke up about how the Calamar senior housing made them feel safe and the number of activities kept them active and helped them make friends.
Currently, Calamar Enterprises plans to build a senior house off Southwestern Drive for seniors over 55 in the middle income bracket.
With 110 units, according to a fact sheet handed out at the meeting, it would be the only senior-specific, senior-only, moderate-income apartment complex in the area.
The proposed three-story L-shaped apartment complex would cover 39,847 square feet and be placed on a 12-acre parcel with 110-116 apartment complexes. Rent levels for the one- and two-bedroom apartments have yet to be determined, but will fall in the a range of $805-$825 per month plus electric for one-bedroom units, and $950-$1,050 per month for two-bedroom units, plus electric. All residents must be over the age of 55. The majority of the units will be two-bedroom apartments.
Zoning board members said they would give a written decision on the approval of the project at a later date.