The environmental review process necessary for the development of the former Penn Yan Marine property into residential units has begun with action by the village.

Sept. 4 the Penn Yan Village Board authorized Mayor Leigh MacKerchar to sign the full environmental assessment form for the Waterfront Revitalization/Redevelopment Project planned by developer Chris Iversen for the former Penn Yan Marine property.

The village will be the lead agency for the project, and as such, will be required to advise other interested agencies who will have an opportunity to comment and could apply for lead agency status. If another agency does apply for lead status, the State Department of Environmental Conservation would decide which agency would receive the designation, according to village attorney Ed Brockman.

At the special meeting, Brockman walked the village board members through the questions on the full environmental assessment form.

Board members made some minor comments on the form and unanimously approved the assessment with Trustee Willie Allison absent.

Trustee Dave Reeve noted that the scope of the review includes the village’s infrastructure off site as well as the development itself. It is not connected to the hotel development Iversen’s company is planning for a location near the residential development.