Skaneateles developers want to annex town land to village for housing project

A couple of local housing developers want to extend village borders to get sewer service for a potential development project.

Bob Casper and Mike McCracken met with the Skaneateles Town Board at its June 7 meeting to discuss annexing a property to the village to be the site of a future senior housing development.

The property, on Route 20, is currently owned by Pat Bombard and sits adjacent to the village border.

Kasper and McKracken said that a leach field septic system for their proposed housing complex would be too harmful on the lakeshed and that being able to hook up to the village sewer system would be preferable.

Board members said they would support an agreement to annex the property that would be contingent on the village board’s approval. The men have yet to meet with village officials, though they said they did not anticipate the village officials having a problem with the annexation.

The development would be beneficial to the community, because Skaneateles does not have much housing for seniors currently, which has caused some residents to leave, Kasper said.

The project would also extend the sidewalk along the road and help improve the curb appeal on that side of the village, they said. Councilor Nancy Murray said that improving the “Eastern Gateway” is something the town should support, considering the success of their efforts to improve the town’s “Western Gateway.”

Kasper and McKracken have yet to officially submit an application for the development, but they said that they have had informal meetings with local officials and residents and their plans would meet the standards for LEED Gold certification if they were able to get village sewer service.

Town Attorney Pat Sardino said that pending the village board’s approval of the annexation, he and Village Attorney Michael Bryne would have to get together to draft a resolution for both boards to vote on.

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