Neighbors voice concerns with Kelberman Center apartments

Some members of the Utica common council held a meeting on Friday. It gave residents of South Utica to voice their concerns over the Kelberman Center constructing apartments in the neighborhood.

Posted: Aug 23, 2019 7:23 PM
Updated: Aug 23, 2019 7:23 PM

UTICA,N.Y-- Some members of the Utica common council held a meeting on Friday. It gave residents of South Utica to voice their concerns over the Kelberman Center constructing apartments in the neighborhood.

"Our concern is that the residents were not made aware of the enormity of the project. This isn't some small apartment building coming to the neighborhood. Its very large and it's literally going to take up an entire block of our neighborhood," said Lindsay Bonanza.

The 15 million dollar project was approved by the city back in May. Residents tell NEWSChannel 2 that they were not properly notified about the project. According to the city, under the current law, it wasn't a requirement to notify the neighbors about the project.

That is legislation that the city is now looking into.

"This is one situation that is highlighting something that maybe needs to be tweaked. Ok, so maybe we do need to introduce notification for sight plan approval, right now we don't have that. It's discretionary," said Common Council President, Michael Gileme.

The neighbors said that they are in favor of the project, but its the sized that they want to be changed

"The Kelberman center does amazing work in our community and we support them 100 percent. We think this is something that would be welcome in our neighborhood, its just too large," said Lindsay Bonanza.

NEWSChannel 2 is still waiting for a response from the Kelberman Center on their opinion of Friday's meeting.

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