Timber Banks ready for residents

Three years ago, Bill Price approached the Lysander board regarding a proposed 885-acre development along the Seneca River. With the infrastructure now installed, the vision of Pooler Development is near completion.

That vision is Timber Banks, a planned unit development with an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus design golf course located on the Cold Springs Peninsula. Although the project is only three years in the making, the concept has been a dream of Pooler Development owner Gary Pooler for much longer.

"Gary has had this idea since the late 80s," said Price, president of Pooler Development.

Designed with a mix of residential properties including apartments, townhouses, single family residents and estate homes located on and around the golf course, Timber Banks will also feature 1,100 feet of trails along the river and sidewalks throughout the development that will eventually connect to the town's trail system. Timber Banks has also devoted more than half of the total property to open space.

The main entranceway off of River Road features a guard shack, which is designed to give residents a sense of exclusivity. Timber Banks should also feature a 65-slip marina along the Seneca River once officials receive the go-ahead from the New York State Canal Corporation. The marina was questionable to begin with because developers wanted to position it along the Seneca River where the property had already been designated as wetlands. However, a redesign that moves the marina away from the water's edge creating two entrance points through the wetlands has already been approved by the town of Lysander, Army Corp of Engineers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

"We minimized disturbance to the wet land and where we have the marina isn't in the wetlands," Price said.

Working where you live

Besides the marina, the similarities between Timber Banks and Radisson, located just north of Timber Banks, might cause one to compare the two developments. However, unlike Radisson, which is also a planned unit development golf course community, Timber Banks will feature a village center complete with small shops and service industries.

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