Victory Sports Medicine hires additional law firm for Skaneateles project

— Other projects handled by the Gilberti firm for local, county and state government, include creation of a statewide wireless emergency network, a local waterfront revitalization project and county-wide water supply issues.

Holland Gregg, executive director of the Citizens to Preserve the Character of Skaneateles, said the CPCS has “no opinion” on the developer's choice of legal counsel, but “hopes that the developers of the Victory Sports Complex will accept community consensus to move this facility, rather than fight to keep it at the ill-conceived location proposed.”

The VSM development team and attorney currently are preparing responses to nearly half a dozen questions and requests for clarification from the town planning board. The board’s concerns over water usage, lighting, traffic, parking and environmental impacts were raised by village and county health officials as well as the CPCS attorney in late November, and specifically addressed by the board at a Nov. 27 special meeting.

Molnar said VSM officials are currently working on their responses to the planning board’s questions and have submitted a Freedom of Information Law request to review the entire project record, but they have given no specific timeframe as to when the responses will be completed.

The board’s questions and VSM’s ultimate responses are a prelude to the planning board’s possible reconsideration of its previous negative declaration of State Environmental Quality Review Act assessments of the project, which has come under fire from multiple quarters since it was declared in October.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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