Clean-up, development plans near completion

Gwen Chamberlain

The Penn Yan Planning Board will get a first look at the concept plan for the 41-unit townhouse complex planned for the former Penn Yan Marine property at its Oct. 6 meeting.

Other steps toward the planned development of the 14.7 acre former Penn Yan Marine Property on the east bank of the Keuka Lake Outlet has been accomplished. At a special meeting last week, Yates County Legislators approved a resolution consenting to give the Village of Penn Yan lead agency status for the state environmental review process.

Developer Chris Iversen says, “There are lots of moving pieces leading up to action on site, but we are making progress.”

Iversen says the company will soon be soliciting bids from contractors for environmental remediation work and demolition of the buildings once the Department of Environmental Conservation approves the final plan for remediation. Environmental clean-up at the site began in 2003, when Environmental Protection Agency contractors removed contaminated waste left between 1929 and 2001 fromthe manufacture of wooden and fiberglass boat production at the location.

Yates County acquired the property through tax forclosure in 1998.

The original proposed remediation plan, announced in March 2010, called for soil excavation, site management and groundwater monitoring.

The Penn Yan Village Board authorized Mayor Leigh MacKerchar to sign the full environmental assessment form for the project Sept. 4.

Iversen explains the village has sent out notices to affected agencies notifying them that the Village would like to be named lead agency for the Environmental Assessment review. Unless one of the agencies objects and has a convincing reason to take the lead, soon the village board will review the detailed Environmental Assessment Form and any public or agency comments received in response, and determine if the project can proceed as planned.

According to an agreement reached at the beginning of the year, Yates County will be transferring the property to the Village of Penn Yan, providing in-kind services for certain public infrastructure improvements and paying for engineering costs associated with remediation and environmental monitoring of the property.

The Village of Penn Yan will be making public infrastructure improvements and will be transferring the property to Keuka Outlet Development LLC.

Keuka Outlet Development LLC will be environmentally remediating the property and constructing condominiums and other improvements on the property.

The environmental clean-up must be complete by the end of 2015. Yates County has already authorized spending up to $200,000 for engineering related to the clean-up, which will be completed by Keuka Development.

Keuka Outlet Development has applied to Finger Lakes Economic Development for project benefits to support the remediation efforts. “Approval of that application must wait for the final SEQRA determination by the village board, after which time, we will be able to close on the property and commence work on site,” explains Iversen.

The village planning board meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday in the main board room of the Penn Yan Village Hall.