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Skaneateles planning board meets with new VSM attorney

Will vote to rescind SEQR approval at March meeting

Skaneateles Town Hall was packed with more than 40 people for the Planning Board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to hear the latest on the Victory Sports Medicine proposal.

The Planning Board heard a brief update from an attorney from the new law firm hired by Victory Sports Medicine Enterprises to represent them in the application process for their proposed “Victory Campus” development project.

The board did not take any actions because it did not have enough members present to vote on a motion regarding VSM.

Paul Sharlow, of Gilberti, Stinziano, Heintz and Smith law firm of Syracuse, which specializes in land use and environmental law, spoke with the board saying that there had been some misunderstandings and confusion about the project and it was the intention of his firm to clear these up.

VSM hired the firm at the beginning of 2013 to assist with the application process for the “Victory Campus” project. They are also known for their work as the legal counsel for the Destiny USA mall expansion project in Syracuse.

VSM chief operation officer Lance Wardell was in attendance at the meeting and VSM president Dr. Marc Pietropaoli was not present because he was out of town on vacation.

The goal of VSM and its legal counsel is to clear up the misunderstandings and try to ease any concerns about misuse of the land. They will be providing the planning board with a new environmental impact review and a scope report that will give more details and the intentions of the project, Sharlow said.

“We’ve been involved in projects that some communities might perceive as ‘disfavored uses,’ so in the event that there are mitigation steps necessary, we know how to perform the necessary mitigation steps to fully comply with SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review Act). This particular project that we are talking about tonight, over the years, has taken on a bit of a flavor in the review process that a ‘disfavored use’ might take on. So we endeavor to learn more about what they are trying to accomplish out of the Victory Sports Campus,” Sharlow said.

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