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2018-07-11 / Front Page

Luxury apartment building planned on South Long

‘The Williams’
by ANNA DEROSA Associate Editor


The site plan for “The Williams” includes a four-story apartment building that will contain 13 units at 20 S. Long St. The site plan for “The Williams” includes a four-story apartment building that will contain 13 units at 20 S. Long St. “The Williams,” a 13-unit luxury apartment building, is the Village of Williamsville’s newest residential project, which will offer its residents proximity to a range of services, such as coffee shops, restaurants, pharmacies, supermarkets and retail outlets.

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on Friday at 20 S. Long St., which is the planned site for the project. The developer is John E. “Skip” Cerio of the CRS Companies, headquartered in Williamsville.

Construction of the apartment building is scheduled to begin this week and is expected to take one year. Apartments will be available to rent in spring 2019.

Cerio noted that his property management team felt that the trend of living in walkable areas would impact “households in transition,” empty nesters, families moving to the area from out of town, professionals who work in the area but live elsewhere and young professionals.

This then became the team’s target market.

According to CRS, the project is a four-story structure that includes 13 apartments — seven two-bedroom, including two penthouse units and two townhouses, and six one-bedroom units. The structure also features an attached, secure and enclosed garage for residents only.

“We’re very excited about this project, said Williamsville Mayor Dan De- Lano. “It’s a great building design. We’ve been very appreciative of how the developer has approached this project from day one. The design code has been followed by the designer each step of the way. We’re really looking forward to this.”

For several years, the apartment building has been making its way through various design and approval processes.

Cerio noted that “there are many challenges developing real estate in villages and urban areas such as acquiring land, fitting into existing zoning classification, designing a ‘site appropriate’ building while meeting market demand and acceptable economic parameters. Accommodating parking onsite was another challenge that we were fortunately able to meet.”

Apartments will include full kitchens with all modern appliances, fireplace, washers and dryers, French balconies and one parking space in the garage per bedroom.

Town of Amherst Supervisor Brian Kulpa was also complimentary of the project. He said the reuse of underused properties has been a theme for both the village and town.

Joshua Best of JSB Architects, the project architect and a Williamsville native, has been an architect in the Boston metropolitan area for more than a decade, specializing in urban multifamily housing.

“Besides meeting local zoning and design standards, my goal was to bring a new energy to the village while still respecting the historical scale and materials that make it so special,” he said.

Best even purposely designed the building to appear larger or smaller, depending on the angle one looks at it.

The project has received the support of and required approvals of the Village Board of Trustees, and Planning and Zoning boards.

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