The proposed 82-unit apartment complex planned for the former Keuka Estates Trailer Park area across Lake Street from Red Jacket Park has cleared another municipal hurdle, but there are still some area residents who oppose the plan.

About 20 people attended a Milo Planning Board public hearing Sept. 11. Although no one specifically opposed the Special Use Permit which was the subject of the hearing, there were a few questions from the public about the planned development.

Among the issues that were brought up at the hearing were concerns about the property owner’s connection to a highly visible stalled project on Canandaigua Lake. The owner of the Keuka Shores property is David Genecco Family Trust.

David Genecco and Robert Murphy, the developers of the stalled Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort are seeking assistance for completing that project which has sat untouched since the summer 2015 when financing fell apart and a partnership with another developer ended.  Some Milo and Penn Yan residents say they are concerned a similar situation could happen here. But the 82-unit apartment complex of what will be called Keuka Shores will be built by Webster developer Angelo Lacciardello on the property that is owned by the David Genecco Family Trust. Lacciardello was at the Planning Board meeting and answered some questions from town and village residents. 

Town of Milo Code Enforcement Officer Anthony Validzic explained there are limits to the requirements the town can impose on the developer.

Although the parcel is directly across Lake Street (State Rte. 54) from the Penn Yan Village-owned Red Jacket Park, the parcel itself is within the town of Milo, except for an area that faces South Avenue. The parcel borders village property on the east (Orchard Lane), west (Lake Street/Route 54), south (Hillcrest), and north (South Avenue) sides.

Fourteen mobile homes are still located in the park, and most of them cannot be re-located because of their age, so those residents will be looking for new living arrangements soon. 

When the new apartments are available, the monthly rental fees are expected to range from $1200 to $1500 per unit. 

While Penn Yan Village officials have expressed a desire for the parcel to be annexed into the village, the developer has resisted, and in fact proposed a “reverse annexation,” moving the parcel on South Avenue from the village into the town of Milo, according to Mayor Leigh MacKerchar.

Some Penn Yan village officials have been contacted by multiple residents objecting to the development as planned.

In late August, the Yates County Planning Board voted unanimously to approve the project with the statement that it will have “a positive county-wide and intermunicipal impact,” providing additional housing and allowing the Town of Milo to construct a sewer pumping station on the parcel; this will feed into the Penn Yan wastewater system and facilitate the expansion of sewer lines to the Penn Yan Airport.

The town of Milo Planning Board has already approved the project’s site plan, but another meeting will be held Oct. 9 to look more closely at details for the project.

One of the issues that members of the public, including Vision 2020 representative Mary Zelazny commented on was the fact that the development will not include sidewalks. Valdiszic said the town of Milo does not require sidewalks along town roads.