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B'ville: YMCA presents site plan to Lysander Planning Board

The YMCA drew more than 100 people to the December Lysander Planning Board meeting, a number which was "far more than [the] average planning board meeting," said Karen Rice, planning board clerk.

YMCA officials presented the site plan for the Northwest Family YMCA to the board Monday Dec. 21. It was the first step to securing planning board approval for the site plan for the new YMCA, which will be built at the corner of Route 31 and Drake's Landing in Radisson.

"We are very excited to be presenting our initial site plan for the Northwest Family YMCA to the planning board. This plan is the result of many years of hard work by our volunteers and staff," said Hal Welsh, executive director of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse. "We will work with the planning board to make modifications they believe necessary and we will continue to fundraise to build the Northwest Family YMCA. [This] presentation is an important step in the process to make the Northwest Family YMCA a reality."

The plans include input from YMCA staff, building experts, traffic experts, landscape architects, realtors, state and local officials and area residents.

"We've listened to all of the various opinions and are presenting a plan that, in our opinion, meets the needs of the Northwest suburbs," said Cindy Dowd Greene, president of the Baldwinsville YMCA Board of Managers. "The Northwest Family YMCA is truly being built by the community, for the community."

Scott, Freeman, Kepplinger-Freeman presented the plans to the board, however, nothing was discussed by board members and public comments were not accepted. A public hearing will be scheduled within 62 days once town engineers (Barton & Loguidice) deem the application complete.

While many attendees were in favor of the Baldwinsville YMCA (many wore "I Support The Y" buttons), not everyone at the meeting was there in support. Families For Real, a group of Radisson residents opposed to the proposed location of the YMCA, were also present at the meeting. The group wants a Baldwinsville YMCA, but believes Radisson's Corporate Park would be a better location for it.

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