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Condos to go in Marcellus

Upper Crown Mill condominiums to begin construction this spring

Marcellus is full of surprises. One in the making is taking place just off 24 Maple St. in the village.

On the banks of the creek, incorporating the site of the former Marcellus Mill (that operated into the 1970's and was demolished in the 1980's), plans for the construction of the Upper Crown Mill Condominiums are well underway.

The development team for the project consists of Ted Kinder, Bob Medina, Chris Koll, and Tim Stitt, principals of MCK Building Associates Inc., Bob Neuman, president of Erie Materials Inc., and Peter Sorber and Wayne La France, principals of Lake Architectural.

"The property was actually purchased in May of 2006," Sorber said. "The plans for the condominiums are to follow along the creek in a campus like setting in the original footprints of the mill complex."

The project will feature 43 single level residences and 4,000 square feet of commercial office space. According to the prospectus,

"As the project's historic centerpiece, the four-story, clad in brick over stone foundations, it will feature window patterns, rooflines and a five story entry tower that draw heavily from the mill's original design."

Features will include paved sidewalks linked to the village's current system, a graded creek walk, indoor parking, underground parking and a centrally located green where residents and visitors can enjoy the park-like setting.

Gallinger Realty USA is the realty company and Sorber and La France are excited about the attention the property is generating already from future buyers.

"Phase I is 29 units and building is scheduled to begin in May 2007. Phase II will be the 12 unit building. We anticipated construction to take one year," Sorber said. "We have already had 18 solid inquiries."

Environmentally friendly

Of importance to Lake Architecture and the development team is that the project not only fit in with the natural beauty of the creek setting, but that it be environmentally friendly. Hence their emphasis on energy conservation and the inclusion on the development team of Bob Neumann of Erie Materials.

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