Penn Yan Planning Board sends plans for Dollar Tree store back for more work to fit with the village's comprehensive plan; Planning Board also hears an update on Keuka Gardens apartment project

The proposed Dollar Tree development for the former Super Duper store on Lake Street was sent back to the drawing board by the Penn Yan Planning Board Feb. 5. The board unanimously agreed to table action on the plan so the developer can address concerns that have been brought up through the review process.

Looking through the site plans, Planning Board Chairman Cliff Orr told Dave Adams, representing AJH Designs in Elmira, the board would like to see an image of what the store’s facade will look like.

Adams said the exterior work would include removing structures that had been added to the back of the building, scraping and painting the exterior, adding a new roof, a new entrance at the center of the store’s front, and a new overhead door on the north side for deliveries. He also said the asphalt shingle canopy will remain.

Orr advised Adams to review the village’s recently adopted comprehensive plan which could be guidance for the building’s appearance.

Board member Jean D’Abbracci told Adams that village residents and officials had worked hard to come up with the comprehensive plan, and the community wants visitors to see how much thought has gone into appearances.

Mary Zelazny, representing the 2020 Vision Group suggested the owner, Rasikbhai Patel, consult with an architect to help plan a more attractive exterior for the store. Noting what she called the store’s current “unattractive” appearance and its prominent location, she suggested an architect familiar with the 2020 Vision Group’s work could help incorporate what the Dollar Tree merchant needs with what the group envisions for Penn Yan. Although she pointed out that the Dollar Tree would be the third “dollar” theme discount retailer in the neighborhood, she added, “We don’t have a problem with the store. We just want it to be nice.”

Adams will receive a letter outlining issues the board would like addressed, including:

• Illustration of the planned facade

• Plans for greenspace equal to 10 percent of the parking area

• A buffer between the residential properties at the southwest corner of the lot

• Recommendations for entrance and exit

• Dumpster enclosure

• Specific plans for delivery access

Although the board tabled action on the site plan due to the incomplete information, the board unanimously approved the environmental impact statement.

The Yates County Planning Board reviewed the project Jan. 25, and found it had no county-wide impact.

According to the corporate website, Dollar Tree, headquartered in Chesapeake, Va. is the largest single-price retailer in North America, operating more than 14,740 stores in the 48 contiguous state and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada.

Other business on the Village Planning Board’s agenda included:

• Keuka Gardens: The board reviewed updated plans for the Keuka Gardens apartment complex planned for Brown Street Extension. The updated plans include items the planning board had previously recommended. The developer has received approval from the Department of Transportation for construction of a sidewalk.

The Keuka Gardens project calls for 42 apartments to be built in a in a three-story structure just north of Brock’s bowling lanes. A driveway to the site will be built from the bowling alley’s parking lot so an additional driveway from State Route 14A will not be required. It was approved by the village planning board in January 2017, had Home Leasing had originally planned to start construction in October. A $1.2 million grant from the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities will support the designation of 11 of the units for use by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The additional funding is expected from New York State’s Homes and Community Renewal.

Neighboring property owners have objected to the development and raised concerns about the walkability of the sidewalk which will be built along State Route 14A leading toward the intersection of South Avenue and Brown Street.

• McDonalds: Village Public Works Director Brett Bodine received the board’s consent to begin discussions for an easement for the village to build a 430 ft. long path leading from the back of the McDonalds property to the extended pathway along the Keuka Outlet.