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RCA supports Y in Radisson, planning board responds saying next step is up to Y

To Lysander Planning Board:

The Norwest YMCA Project (Y Project) in Radisson was initiated by a community survey completed in 1999. Previous Radisson Community Association executive directors and boards of directors supported and encouraged the process to have the Y in our community as a high value, year round, amenity and community building partner. This project would add quality of life programs and several hundred local jobs for youth within our community. When the project reached the planning and approval phases, our residents had both positive and negative views on various aspects of the project. The last BOD took a neutral position as the RCA did not have an official role in the approval process. The proper approving body for this project was the Empire State Development Corporation.

The Town of Lysander Planning Board did invite participation and comment on the project during the approval process. When asked, the RCA offered no changes to the submitted plans related to the approval on the Y Project. We did not have an issue with the size, layout and architectural presentation of the facility. They fell within the development guidance that the ESDC provided.

Nonetheless, when given the opportunity to participate in a working group created by the board to review the application for the Y Project, both members of the RCA Board of Directors and Management participated. We did this in good faith, being led to believe that areas of concern would be addressed and resolved to bring a complete application packet to the Town of Lysander Planning Board. By all accounts, at the conclusion of the working group, which had representatives of the Planning Board, Families for R.E.A.L., the YMCA and RCA, attendees were led to believe that there was, in fact, a completed application to present to the Board with resolution on all noted items of concern.

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