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Village of Wellsville meeting reveals major housing development plans

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The potential Alfred State College backed development is planned for the Proctor Terrace area

By John Anderson

The lack of housing is an issue across the state and Wellsville is no different.

On Monday night, Alfred State College presented an idea that could help long-term.

On the 11 acres Alfred State acquired from the village and town near the intersection of Proctor and Trapping Brook near Brookhaven Apartments, there is a proposal for 14 multi-unit duplex homes.

Three acres are in the village, eight acres are in the town.

Jeff Stevens, the dean of Alfred State College’s Wellsville campus, showed the plans to the board Monday night and said Alfred State will be doing a market study to determine what it will cost to purchase.

How this will affect use of the cheaper rates with the village electric system is not known.

Wellsville Mayor Randy Shayler explained each duplex will have a two car-garage, side-by-side and will be a three-bedroom, 1,700-square-foot home going to the east of the garage, the other house to the west.

“I think it’s good for the community and continues the village and town relationship and will add to the inventory of available properties,” said Shayler. “This looks like a good fit for retirement-type homes. It is also a long-term project.”

The buildings should go up one a year for seven years. Each house should be for sale and not rental.

Also on Monday night, the village approved the purchase of a tractor that will be able remove snow in the winter and mow grass near sidewalks in the spring and summer.  The compact diesel tractor has a 60-inch power angle snow blade and salt spreader and a 60-inch mower deck.

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