LETTER: Victory Sports medical and sports facility — a community update

To the editor:

It has been one year since the Town Planning Board rescinded the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) negative declaration and issued a positive declaration requiring the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement by Victory Sports Medicine (VSM).

A SEQR positive declaration provides that “the project may result in one or more large and important impacts that may have a significant impact on the environment.”

A scoping meeting was to take place in May 2013 at the request of VSM. However, there has been no communications from VSM until recently.

On Feb. 5, Scott Molnar, planning board attorney, wrote a letter to the Gilberti Law Firm stating that “given the passage of time without communication from the applicant to either the Planning Board or the ZBA, we ask that the applicant kindly reply in writing to advise of the status of the applications.”

Mr. Molnar received a letter from newly appointed VSM attorney Kevin Bernstein, of Bond, Schoeneck and King, on Feb. 13. This letter states, in part:

“However, as you are also no doubt aware, VSM has sought other opportunities over the last several months to address its immediate space shortage for its ongoing operations. These other opportunities are in the town of Sennett on former state-owned property and include existing structures that can be modified to address VSM’s current space needs. It is anticipated that the town of Sennett’s review and approval process and the renovation and modification of the existing buildings to follow might still take two years to achieve. Therefore, we appreciate the town’s patience in allowing VSM to pursue these other opportunities while not actively progressing the SEQRA process in Skaneateles.”

At the Feb. 18 Planning Board meeting, the board approved a two-year extension of special permit for use of trailers by VSM behind the property at 797 W. Genesee St. Mr. Bernstein was in attendance.

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