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Victory Sports seeks medical facility

A 99-acre site in the town of Skaneateles is being eyed by local orthopedic surgeon Dr. Marc Pietropaoli, who plans to build not only a medical facility on the property, but also have indoor and outdoor athletic fields where athletes can train.

According to Pietropaoli, the facility would also be open for public use because he plans to offer sports and activities other than what is offered at the Skaneateles Community Center.

Plans for Victory Sports Medicine's medical and recreational facility were presented to the town board on Dec. 4.

According to Howard Bordsky, town planner, the site includes two parcels and three zoning districts.

"This is not a variance," he said. However, the property does involve a fair trade agreement, which ultimately means the owners would preserve a majority of the green space. The buildings will total approximately 101,000 square feet.

"This will probably be the largest building on that part of Route 20," Brodsky said.

Architect Andy Ramsgard said the project breaks down into four design phases -- building the Victory Sports Medicine outpatient facility, designing athletic fields and constructing them, building the indoor performance and recreation area and, lastly, focusing on the conservation area -- including 13.7 acres of wetlands.

Pietropaoli said the athletic fields directly relate to his practice in that they allow athletes to train on site where he can keep an eye on sports players he is working with.

"I've been working on this for five years" Ramsgard said. "We've looked into other properties."

With those other properties, though, it seemed each time Pietropaoli moved on one to purchase or start designing what the facility would look like, the deal fell through for one reason or another. The new site, however, is free of any other buildings and would be a clean slate to work from.

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