Lysander holds decision on land use change

Residents poured into the Lysander Town Hall again last Thursday to continue to voice their concerns about a proposed land use change along Willett Parkway and Deep Glade Road.

The public hearing lasted one-and-a-half-hours and was the second continuation of a public hearing that was initially held Aug. 24.

The Royal Scarlet Association, a group of people who reside on Royal Scarlet Drive, a street that backs up to the controversial property, again presented the Lysander board with a petition protesting the land use change. RSA Spokesperson Mike O'Shea also gave another presentation to the board adding that the developer said he would be willing to construct patio homes rather than apartment buildings.

Once again, residents expressed concerns about apartments being built too close in proximity to single family homes. Residents also said the development has already begun to negatively affect property values and would increase safety and traffic problems.

Developers Dan Coholan, Jim Roy and Carlyle Smith are in the process of developing phase one (of two) of the Silverwood Apartments project on the nine-acre contentious property. They are seeking a land use change from commercial to residential on the second phase of the project. The Lysander Town Board previously approved the land use change for the first phase and the request for phase two is now under consideration.

The original conceptual plan for phase two was for apartments, but Coholan said developers would consider constructing patio homes instead.

Lysander officials listened to residents concerns, but took no action on the proposal as the board is waiting for the recommendations of the Lysander Planning Board and the Syracuse Onondaga County Planning Association. The public hearing will be continued at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 26 at the Lysander Town Hall, 8220 Loop Road in Radisson.

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