The construction of a conference center for Penn Yan has the green light from Yates County and Penn Yan Village Planning Boards.

At the Feb. 28 meeting of the Yates County Planning Board, Chris Iversen’s application for site plan review to build a 12,340 sq.ft. conference center attached to the Keuka Lake Hotel at 110 Mace St. & 301 Lake St. was approved.

The plan was also approved by the Penn Yan Planning Board March 4.

Proposed for the southeast end of the Hampton Inn, project engineer Ryan Destro says the new building will have a connector to the hotel, a large, 190-space parking lot extending to Lake Street, a self-catering kitchen, and a large banquet room with seating for over 300 at tables or 600 conference style. The planned room can be divided by folding partition walls into three, and a large deck facing the lake is planned.

After questions regarding the greater restriction of the view of the lake from Lake Street, the loss of a large landmark tree on the lot, and a request for attractive landscaping along the street, the county planning board unanimously recommended the project for approval by the Penn Yan  officials, giving it the “positive county-wide impact” stamp of approval.

Dandy Mart

The Dandy Mini-Mart in the Village of Dundee did not fare as well with the county board. Applicant Williams Oil & Propane of Sayre, Pa., sought an Area Variance for the already built gas station/ convenience store at Water Street/Rte. 14A in Dundee. The “as built” project does not comply with the original site plan approval. The owners requested a site plan amendment for a variance for the front setback of the building. They claim the electrical room was from the previous building that was much closer to the road as well as height. They also are seeking front and side setback variances for a sign that is currently placed at the southwestern corner of the lot, saying it had to be placed on that spot for the sake of visibility from the four-corners of Dundee. The neighboring residents have complained about the sign’s location to Dundee Village officials. 

Dundee Village Attorney Edward Brockman said a large maple tree was removed from the sign site, and the sign itself should not have been installed until a variance had been granted. He added that at this time, neither the village nor the zoning board of appeals takes any position on the matter.

County Planning Board Vice Chair David Granzin moved to declare this application as having a “negative county-wide impact” as it would set a precedent for applicants “to seek forgiveness” after the fact instead of getting approvals before construction. The board agreed unanimously. The matter no goes back to Dundee for the final say.

The following applications were all approved by the county planning board: 

• Village of Penn Yan applicants Tracey & Marla Hedworth, of 158 Main St., for Site Plan review. The new owners propose site work, restoration, and upgrades to the former Fox Inn that include the addition of a pub and an addition to the carriage house to create a tasting room & brewery. Their site plan was not approved March 4 by the Penn Yan board, however, because between the meetings, they decided to make some changes to the plan. 

•  Town of Starkey applicant Glen Sensenig, of 4648 Log City Road,  for a Special Use Permit for Log City Meats to add a 30 ft. x 48 ft. warehouse and a 36 ft. x 36 ft. freezer to the existing meat cutting building.

• Town of Starkey applicant Noah Eberly, of 973 Stone Mill Road, for a Special Use Permit & Site Plan  to build a 36 ft. x 40 ft. x 16 ft. tall sidewall shop for mixed use: Farm and off-road vehicle diesel repair, and to temporarily do diesel repairs in the existing garage until the new shop is built.