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Minerva plan nears decision

APA spokesman Keith McKeever said that the agency is in support of Minerva's attempt to increase hamlet centered housing opportunities.

"We need to change somethings," Minerva councilwoman Betty LaMay said. "Our local school teachers can't afford to build a house here."

But change isn't for everyone.

"Some of us don't want to see the town change," former town supervisor Andy Halloran said to the town board May 7. "Who wants strips of houses destroying our rural character."

According to a survey conducted by the town of Minerva residents in 2006, 67 percent of year-round respondents indicated they support more affordable housing initiatives.

"We are not talking about tenements here," LaMay said.

The town has petitioned the APA to extend the public comment period an additional 120 days past the current deadline of June 4.

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