A public hearing was held at the Milo Town Office Tuesday, Aug. 14 on the Special Use Permit application and site plan review for a the proposed 70-unit townhouse project on the site of a mobile home park, owned by the David L. Genecco family of Canandaigua, opposite Red Jacket Park on Lake Street. 

Doug McCord, of McCord Landscape Architecture of Penfield, spoke to the planning board, with Carol Genecco and developer Angelo Licciardello of Webster also present. The public was largely represented by near neighbors of the Keuka Estates park, particularly those from Orchard Lane and Hillcrest Drive. While expressing their support for the project, they expressed concerns about how the buildings and landscape will affect their views, how the stormwater will be managed, and how the property will be separated from their adjacent lots.

The planned unit development is allowable in Milo, and Genecco states it will be maintained as luxury rentals in the range of $1,500 to $1,700 per month. Licciardello hopes to begin site preparation this fall. Genneco says the approximately 10 families remaining in the mobile hone park have been kept informed, and she has been working to find reasonable alternatives for them.

The project is complicated by how the five existing parcels, some in the Village of Penn Yan, and some in the Town of Milo will be developed in the three-phase development plan, and how they will be incorporated for taxes and utilities. McCord believes that unless an agreement can be worked out with Milo and the Village of Penn Yan, the townhouses on the north end of the project, bordering South Avenue and within the village, may be delayed or not built at all. As for the other, smaller portions of the plot that are within the village, they will be devoted to landscaping and greenspace only.

The height of the buildings and choice of trees was of great concern to the neighbors, some who do have limited views of Keuka Lake. Milo Code Enforcement Officer Anthony Validzic explained that unless they possess an existing easement over the Keuka Estates property to protect that view, then the owner would be allowed to build as high as 60 feet by code. McCord assured them that the tallest units would be two stories, and that lower growing trees could be designated for areas of concern. Fencing and hedges were also discussed to delineate boundaries.

A proposed second entrance on Hillcrest Drive near the intersection of Bath Road was disallowed by the Dept. of Transportation due to concerns of traffic safety. As it stands, the streets will enter at two places on Lake Street/Route 54, and one each on Hillcrest and South Avenue. The streets will be built to town and village standards for maintenance and for access, and fire hydrants will be installed with the new water and sewer lines. Retention/infiltration ponds will also be near State Route 54 to catch storm runoff and protect Keuka Lake from pollution. But Jeff Kennedy, of Morgan Marine across State Route 54, believes the retention ponds won’t be big enough for the 42 percent hard surface coverage of the lot. McCord contends that the gravel soils there will allow faster infiltration. 

While there will be no sidewalk installed on the project side of State Route 54, the DOT will approve a crosswalk to provide safer pedestrian access both to the walk on the opposite side and to Red Jacket Park.

Several more meetings for approvals are still required at the town, county, and village levels before the project can go forward.