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2018-08-08 / Local News

Roxberry subdivision extension set to gain access to public sewers


The proposal to add seven new residential lots on Helenwood Drive has been in the works for more than 20 years. Now, developers have development plan approval to move forward.

The project, known as the “Roxberry subdivision,” has been transformed throughout the years through several conceptual iterations. It received concept plan approval in 2013 for two cul-de-sac with 10 buildable lots. In 2014, the plan was amended to one cul-de-sac and seven buildable lots.

The property is located on the south side of Sheridan Drive and is an extension to Helenwood Drive. Project officials have contended that the creation of the new lots will result in a substantial improvement to the water pressure on the latter residential street.

In July 2017, the Erie County Water Authority issued a letter approving the various components of the project, noting that the water flow for fire protection will increase from 428 gallons per minute at a pressure of 20 pounds per square inch to 805 gallons per minute at 20 pounds per square inch.

“Where this project got held up was as a result of concerns about water capacity and water flow in that area,” said Sean Hopkins of Hopkins Sorgi & Romanowski PLLC, a real estate acquisition firm representing the project. “Currently, the homes in that vicinity are not serviced by adequate domestic or firefighting water flow. As a result, we had to demonstrate that we could provide adequate water capacity.”

While developers say water flow to Helenwood Drive should be greatly improved by the extension of the subdivision, residents in the neighborhood are still seeking answers to a key question: If the Roxberry subdivision has access to public sewers, will it hold capacity to add additional lots?

“Are we going to have access, finally, to public sewers?” asked Roger Leising, a resident of Sheridan Drive.

According to Hopkins, the seven lots currently proposed in the plan will indeed by serviced by a sewer line. However, he doesn’t believe that additional capacity exists to tie in new lots.

The final decision on whether to test that capacity rests with Erie County, as the property falls under the jurisdiction of the county’s Sewer District 5.

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