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New development will oust Shoreline residents

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Nearly 200 Shoreline Apartment tenants have been told they must be out by November. That's after years of Norstar Development telling them a new construction plan would allow them to move around and into new units.

Norstar Development has told the residents that their current apartments must be demolished to make room for new housing. That housing, however, will not have room for all current Shoreline residents.

"Peoples' lives shouldn't be thrown into trepidation and they should be grandfathered in and they should be given priority," said Councilmember David Franczyk.

Franczyk says the city has no jurisdiction over an Albany-financed construction project but he will get the Council to talk about the situation. He's calling on the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal to force Norstar to follow the rules.

"Residents of Shoreline were mad," Franczyk said.

A Norstar official at the meeting says the company will help the current tenants find new places to live.

Residents speaking at Monday's meeting in City Hall recounted decades of living at Shoreline. Many expressed concerns over finding new places to live as the crunch continues over low-income housing. Some complexes have waiting lists as long as two years.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.