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  • Experts reveal Exit 3 studies

  • In a crowded Perkinsville Fire Hall May 9, roughly 45 people including town officials, developers and planners, heard or revealed some preliminary studies for potential development on 100 acres off Exit 3.

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  • In a crowded Perkinsville Fire Hall May 9, roughly 45 people including town officials, developers and planners, heard or revealed some preliminary studies for potential development on 100 acres off Exit 3.
    More specifically, the meeting was for a public hearing on the project’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). Steuben County Industrial Development Agency (SCIDA) is the project’s lead agency.
    After SCIDA?executive director James Johnson gave a brief introduction on the project and purpose of the meeting, Cohocton native John Edmond began the meeting by stating that he, along with his brother Doug, have worked on plans for developing the farmland along Route 21 north of Michigan Road and a chunk of land between Route 415 and Reigelsperger Road.
    The two, along with other investors, have formed a North Carolina -based Limited Liability Corporation called JMaC?Properties of NY.
    Having formed a successful business in North Carolina, John said that it was disheartening to come back to his home area and see the economic decline.
    “I want to see jobs and businesses come back to this area,” he said.
    “To complete this task, we are now working with the Town of Wayland to get water and sewer extended...this will allow the opportunity for SCIDA to coordinate development and bring new businesses and jobs to the area.”
    Studies were conducted by Victor-based Professional Engineering Group; Victor-based E&L?Solutions and Rochester-based SRF?Associates on the development.
    The preliminary plans, although not specific, may include light industrial and/or retail and restaurant development.
    It’s likely development would occur in two phases. The first, potentially within five years; the second, potentially within 10 to 20 years.
    Scott Harter from Professional Engineering revealed the drawings.
    “We were estimating perhaps a distribution center might be coming in consuming the northern portion of the property, and then more conventional commercial and retail development to the south.”
    He also showed an alternate drawing and aerial photograph that shows only conventional commercial and retail development.
    He went on to discuss the SEQR, which is a lengthy document that details what a project such as this might have on the environment and existing utilities such as electric, gas, water, sewer and roadway access.
    “The lead agency obligates us to take what is known as a ‘hard look,’” Harter said. “So we’re taking a hard generic look right now at the site without a specific tennant.”
    By the time an interested developer comes to take a look at the site, “we will have completed this phase of the environmental review.”
    Stephen Ferranti from SRF Associates spoke about the traffic engineering studies.
    Page 2 of 2 - The firm studied intersections at its peak times, and analized the traffic patterns to determine “how well or not well all of these intersections and roadways accommodate the traffic today, tomorrow under Phase I and under the future development phase.”
    He said the traffic today operates very well, and that for Phase I, Michigan Road would require widening, and a traffic signal would need to be installed at the Michigan and 415 intersection.
    He noted that whoever designed Route 21 had already planned on future development in that area based on the width of the road to accommodate for turns.
    “So a lot of the mitigation is already built and in place. The existing roadway structure can handle phase one with the exception of what I just mentioned.”
    More improvements at the site intersections would be needed for Phase II.
    Paul Lytle, president of E&L?Solutions spoke about the goundwater and surface water protection plan, specific to not only the project site, but also for Mill Creek per Department of Environmental Conservation and town regulations.
    “There will be a long list of regulations and compliance requirements that we’ll have to comply with during the different phases of this project,”?Lytle said. “One is with the actual site development...the second will be actually developing and installing some of the tennants that will be at this site.”
    SCIDA is taking written comments on the proposed environmental assessment report until May 23.?Copies are available in the Wayland town and village offices, and in the SCIDA?office in Bath.
    Comments may be sent to James Johnson at Steuben County?Industrial Development Agency, P.O. Box 393 Bath, NY 14810.

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