Radisson developer withdraws petition

Residents of Royal Scarlet Drive and the surrounding Radisson area can breathe a sigh of relief.

A land use change request from the developer has been withdrawn. The original petition requested the Lysander Town Board consider a land use change from commercial to multi-family use for the Silverwood Apartments II project on the corner of Willett Parkway and Deep Glade Road.

After an overwhelmingly negative response from area residents who said they did not want apartments butting up to their homes, the developer, Longley-Jones Management, plans to resubmit a request to change the land usage from commercial to single family residential. Area residents have said they would not be opposed to patio-home style development.

Developers Dan Coholan, Jim Roy and Carlyle Smith are in the process of developing phase one of the Silverwood Apartments project on the nine-acre parcel. Silverwood II was to be phase-two of the existing project at the Willett Parkway and Deep Glade Road intersection. Residents near the development are still upset about phase one and questioned the validity the land use change from commercial to residential, which was approved by the Lysander Town Board in 2005. Residents said they felt the hearing was held and the decision was made without their knowledge. However, officials assured residents that the hearing was publicized since it is required by law to publish notices of public hearings regarding many issues, including zone and land use changes.

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