ALLEGANY, NY – The most effective way to solve the housing issue between townsfolk and St. Bonaventure University students in Allegany is through unifying the community, Rep. Tom Reed said Thursday during his weekly media call,
On Sept. 9, the Village Board of Trustees enacted a six-month moratorium restricting the conversion of single-family homes into multi-family homes.
Reed, whose Congressional district includes the Greater Olean area and includes several colleges and universities, said that such situations are common.
Reed said that if Allegany truly wants to move forward, civil discourse is necessary.
“What I encourage folks to do is to come together, recognize the issues and then through partnership and discussion figure out a way to get past this issue,” Reed said.
“Overall, these are issues that the local community can solve best by staying in the room, recognizing the needs that the students have, recognizing the needs of the neighbors in regard to their right to a quiet and peaceful enjoyment of their property," he added. "They can strike that balance in an open and constructive manner that is necessary to solve this problem.”