People who are trying to stop a Georgia company from building 161-unit housing project in Vestal are taking legal action.

The group "Responsible Vestal Zoning" has filed an Article 78 proceeding in an effort to prevent Landmark Properties from going forward with what it calls "Retreat at Bunn Hill."

The Vestal town board gave its approval to the project nearly three months ago. It's to be built on 43 acres off Bunn Hill and Jensen roads, a short distance south of the Binghamton University campus.

Victor Lamoureux, who organized the citizens' group, said the town planning board did not approve the site plan for the development at its most recent meeting. He said the board's failure to sign off on the project was "very unexpected."

A Landmark Properties site plan for the proposed Vestal project.
A Landmark Properties site plan for the proposed Vestal project.

Lamoureux said board members expressed concerns about tall retaining walls and the fact that no sidewalks are planned for Bunn Hill Road.

A hearing on the case is scheduled for September 17 in state Supreme Court in Cortland County.

Landmark Properties could not be reached for comment about the legal challenge.

Vestal town supervisor John Schaffer did not respond to calls to discuss the latest developments regarding the housing project.

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