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Skaneateles boathouses to be rebuilt

Keady boathouse gets go ahead by ZBA

That ramshackle string of boathouses that spit out into the lake in the village of Skaneateles will follow in the footsteps of the boathouses beyond the Blue Water Grill.

Tear down and rebuild is the order of the day pending Department of Environmental Conservation final approvals for the Jackie Keady 4 East Genesee St. boathouses.

Apparently after getting the go ahead once from the ZBA and the historic commission, the village of Skaneateles planning board wanted Keady to build a more complicated structure, so she was back before the ZBA.

"What is there now is plain, unadorned and falling into the lake," said Lisa Banuski head of the Zoning Board of Appeals. She was implying that anything would be an improvement over the current state of the boathouses.

The planning board's recommendations for some changes in design turned out to be considered more of a hindrance by members of the ZBA, neighbors who spoke at this meeting and a representative of the historical commission Mary Fran Strodel.

"We don't think it needs that embellishment," Strodel said.

"I don't understand why the planning board would want to change the roof line after the historical board approved," commercial district resident Julie Sharpe said.

"I speak for Bev too," Steve White of White and White Interiors said, "It should be passed the way it was originally presented."

He added that the North Lake Property owners Association met and there were no objections to the original plans to update the boathouses. These are the people who own the property that looks out at these boathouses he added.

Banuski apologized if the process has seemed onerous but the fact that it was a demolition --rebuild is partly why you have gone through this process she said adding that scrutiny is in the best interest of the village.

The date for completion was set for two years from the day of final approval from the DEC. Banuski added that Keady can extend this timetable if unforeseen circumstances arise such as problems with lake levels.

Photograph by Ellen Leahy

The Keady boathouse is deadon in this picture.

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