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Discrepancies in water use numbers raise concerns over Victory Sports Medicine development

Village Board, citizens’ group request new SEQR determination on project

— This request, if agreed to by the planning board, would create more work, greater costs and more delays for the already four-year-old VSM development project.

Background

The VSM “Victory Campus” development project, as described in the most current project narrative, will be set on 99.5 acres of land off Route 20 less than a mile east of the village. It will include a 61,000 square foot medical and research facility; a 171,000 square foot indoor recreational, athletic and rehabilitation facility; and a dozen outdoor multi-use and baseball/softball fields, four of which will be artificial turf and the rest natural grass.

The project is scheduled to be built in two phases, with the medical building and four adjacent multi-use fields to be completed in phase 1, and the remaining eight outdoor fields to the south of the medical building to be done in phase two. The intended uses for both the indoor and outdoor athletic facilities are stated to be for team practices, games, tournaments, coaching clinics, injury prevention programs and wellness and exercise programs. They will be utilized by the VSM medical practice, as well as by youth, high school, college and professional athletes and teams, and local community members.

Victory Sports requested an extension of Town Water District No. 1 (later changed to Water District No. 2) to its proposed land development location in August 2011. A water district report by RZ Engineering, commission by Victory Sports Enterprises, stated the proposed development would include a 5,000 square-foot medical office and a 10,000 square-foot indoor athletic field building, with an anticipated water demand of 6,800 gallons per day (gpd) and a peak water demand of 20 gallons per minute (gpm). Designed fire flow capacity would be 3,600 gpm.

The village board approved the extension at its Dec. 8 meeting, seeing no adverse impacts to the village water system, but with the condition that VSM create its own fire protection system since the village water system could not supply the stated fire flow capacity needed for the development.

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