Rochester apartment complex nearing approval

Nov 10, 2020

ROCHESTER — Plans for a 208-unit apartment complex  at the corner of Cranberry Highway and Route 28 are nearing approval from the town’s Planning Board. 

Steen Realty and Development Corporation, the project overseers, came before the board at a Nov. 10 meeting to give updates on the work being done to make sure all parties are happy and that the project can move forward.

The firm came with new plans that would resolve potential problems with school bus pickup at the complex. 

Originally, the firm presented plans at an Oct. 29 meeting to place the school stop near the complex’s exterior on a circular road where public transit buses would stop.

After hearing the planning board’s objection, the firm came back with a solution.

The bus stop would be at the back of the complex not far off from a complex entrance on Route 58. This entrance would encourage the bus company to drive into the private property. 

With this bus stop, it would give drivers the option to leave the premises from anyone of the three exits in the complex.

It would also give the bus company the option to do front door pickup.

“We’ll really commit to whatever works for the pleasure of the board,” and the Old Rochester Regional School District said Phil Cordeiro, a representative from Steen. 

At the board’s Oct. 27 meeting, Cordeiro said the bus company and the district usually don’t have buses drive through private properties.

“Getting the school bus off Route 28 and off the ring road is a big move,” Planning Board Member Gary Florindo said.