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The controversial proposed housing project in the Town of Batavia, that had residents up in arms over the safety of their families, is no more. Nathaniel Development Corporation has withdrawn its application to build a series of two-family homes near Stringham Drive on Batavia’s East side.

The project, which would have been named Gardner Estates, would have called for a new roadway to be built off of Clinton Street Road. Stringham Drive also empties out onto Clinton, and residents there complain that it’s already treacherous to pull in and out of Stringham. Another road, they say, would make the area deadly during high-volume traffic.

Gardner Estates also would have required a large in-ground water reservoir, potentially without fences around it. Parents of small children had worried for their safety near the possible drowning hazard.

Town of Batavia Planning Board Chairwoman Kathleen Jasinski declined a recorded interview today. She did say she expects that the vocal Stringham Drive residents are relieved – but she also said any similar applications in the future would be reviewed and considered in the same manner.

There has been no indication why Nathaniel Development withdrew its application.

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