Biltmore Crossings Public Forum
HORSEHEADS - [WENY] It was standing room only Tuesday night at the public forum regarding the future Biltmore Crossing complex in Horseheads.
Around 350 concerned residents and neighbors showed up to voice their questions, and concerns about the Biltmore Crossing Apartment Complex. The project which was originally touted as luxury apartments in 2012, slowly evolved to a federally funded low income complex with 56 apartments at the intersection of Gardner Road and Biltmore Drive in the town of Horseheads, which leaves residents with a lot of questions.
Michelle, who lives near the future apartment complex said, "When it was senior living I was originally quite excited about it, we don't do enough for our seniors, but then when it turned to a housing project, I'm scared."
Residents talked about the possible rise of crime and traffic on an already strained local police force, and the possibility of driving area property values down.
Michelle added, "Will we be able to sell my house for what it would be sold today? Or is the property value going to go down? And I have lived there since 1999."
Mike Belosky, owner of the Whispering Winds and Gardner Road Luxury apartments located near the future Biltmore Crossing complex, talked about the lack of transparency, and the constant switching of project details.
Belosky said, "Out of 600 homes that we contacted, not one person really knew what was going to be in there, federally subsidized low income apartments, so we just want to make everyone aware of really what is going in there."
After the public meeting, residents had the chance to fill out petitions to Chemung County Legislator Joe Brennan who was in attendance of the Tuesday night meeting. The petitions urge the Horseheads Town Board to reconsider their approval for Biltmore Crossings.
Chemung County Legislator Joe Brennan said, "Tonight gave me the opportunity to hear from them and to better serve them on the county level."
The next meeting regarding the new apartment complex will be held on Feburary 12th at the Horseheads Town Hall, located on Wygant Road.