Joint planning board meeting addressed Gullace subdivision proposal in Victor

Created: 05/31/2014 11:28 AM WHEC.com
By: John Addyman/Messenger Post

The Victor town and village planning boards Tuesday gathered jointly to hear Chris and Dante Gullace’s proposal for a subdivision development plan that would build 100 “empty nester” apartments and 15 single-family dwellings between Church Street and Lynaugh Road.

No public input was allowed, though there were more than 60 people in the meeting room in Town Hall. The public sessions — where people may speak — will be held in the town on June 24, and in the village on June 25.

Architect Bob Cantwell of BME Associates, based in Fairport, presented the overview of the project, noting that changes had been made after informal meetings with town and village officials.

First, the project now calls for 100 apartments, ten each in 10 buildings constructed on 12.2 acres that are entirely in the town. (The original plan called for 146 apartments.) A clubhouse on the site has been moved to be adjacent to the Harlan Fisher Park that lies south of this parcel, based on suggestions from town and village officials.

South of the apartment parcel is a 5.5-acre tract with approximately three acres lying in the village and two acres in the town. That tract would be site of the 15 single-family swellings, which Village Planning Board Chair Meg Chaides urged be priced in the $150,000-$220,000 range as the proper price point for this portion of the village.

“The homes that adjoin this don’t have a market value near that,” she said. “We want you to consider what we look at as ‘affordable housing.’”

The northern five or six planned homesites are in the town of Victor, and this area, according to the plan, would be annexed by the village to deliver a contiguous neighborhood with same municipal services to buyers.

Cantwell said another site, four acres on the western side of Church Street, was a “future reservation parcel” that could have eight single-family homes on it. To do that would require rezoning the parcel from its present multiple-dwelling designation. But that parcel wasn’t discussed at any length and isn’t part of the initial plan.

Apartment dwellers would access their homes off either Lynaugh Road or Church Street by a new road that would connect the two streets; a cul-de-sac would be built across from Hillcrest Drive to access the single-family homes, which, Cantwell said, “creates a whole neighborhood to be on a village road with village services.”

He also stressed that with fewer apartment buildings in this plan there was more usable green space, a good portion of it adjacent to the park. He said the lot coverage for the apartment portion was “consistent with or below” other such developments in the area.

Read more from our news partners at the Messenger Post here: http://www.mpnnow.com/article/20140531/NEWS/140539950/?Start=2

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