Keuka Outlet Development: Construction at PY Marine site to start in mid-summer

John Christensen The Chronicle-Express
Demolition of the buildings and clean up at the former Penn Yan Marine Mfg. site should be complete in time for construction to begin this summer, says Keuka Outlet Development’s owner, Chris Iversen.

In its New York State Environmental Quality Review (SEQRA) declaration, the Village of Penn Yan, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Waterfront Revitalization / Redevelopment Project by Keuka Outlet Development at the former Penn Yan Boats property, will not have a significant adverse impact on the environment. This is yet another hurdle cleared in the progress of the redevelopment of the long vacant industrial site, and its return to the tax rolls.

The actions in the “negative declaration” include the infrastructure improvements and the development work in the vicinity of the Keuka Lake Outlet undertaken by three parties: the Village of Penn Yan, Chris Iversen’s Keuka Outlet Development LLC (KOD), and Yates County.

Penn Yan’s role:

• The Village will extend sanitary sewers to some parcels in the Village not currently served by the existing sewers. It will also replace existing sanitary sewers on Monell, Hicks, and Waddell Streets to address infiltration and inflow issues.

• Existing water lines beneath Lake Street/NYS Route 54 will be replaced as well.

• The Village will construct two pump stations, one at Hicks Street and one on the Monell Street sewer line.

• Approximately 800 linear feet of sanitary sewer will be installed parallel to the Keuka Lake Outlet in a former railroad right of way that the Village owns.

• A nature trail will be constructed on the right of way after the installation is complete.

According to the declaration, “These actions will facilitate future development of the former Penn Yan Marine Manufacturing Corporation site, which is currently owned by Yates County and has been accepted into the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Brownfield Cleanup Program (Site No. C862005).”

Keuka Outlet Development’s role:

KOD intends to develop the site with condominiums and a boat basin. The three parties entered a Development Agreement under which Yates County will convey title to the Site to the Village of Penn Yan, which will then immediately convey title to KOD.

KOD will enter a PILOT agreement with the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, Yates County’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA).

KOD will remediate the site and, after it receives a Certificate of Completion, they will construct the condominiums, boat basin, and ancillary site improvements.

Yates County’s role:

Yates County will provide in-kind services for certain infrastructure improvements, and will pay engineering costs associated with remediation and environmental monitoring.

Penn Yan Mayor Leigh MacKerchar says, “The transfer will happen within a month, as soon as an easement with the Keuka Lake Outlet Compact for maintenance  of the outlet is redrawn.” He also provided an updated schedule for the infrastructure projects. The first items to be completed by the end of May are the village’s water main and sewer projects.

Iversen echoed MacKerchar’s estimation of the closing, saying he sees no impediment to the easement redraft since the state DEC approved Penn Yan’s cleanup of Kimball Creek in the fall.

Iversen stated that once the transfer is complete, site cleanup will begin, and will take four to five months. Demolition of the factory will take approximately three months, he adds, and may be able to parallel the site remediation work. “If all goes well, we could have a clean site by mid- summer to begin construction,” he says. Iversen says that they are a bit behind on development designs, but will have those drafts before the public planning boards Yates County and Penn Yan)  within the next three to four months.

New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act requires all state and local government agencies to consider environmental impacts equally with social and economic factors during discretionary decision-making. This means these agencies must assess the environmental significance of all actions they have discretion to approve, fund or directly undertake. SEQR requires the agencies to balance the environmental impacts with social and economic factors when deciding to approve or undertake an “Action.”

If an action is determined not to have significant adverse environmental impacts, a determination of nonsignificance (Negative Declaration) is prepared. If an action is determined to have potentially significant adverse environmental impacts, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required. The SEQR process uses the EIS to examine ways to avoid or reduce adverse environmental impacts related to a proposed action. This includes an analysis of all reasonable alternatives to the action. The SEQR decision making process is meant to encourage communication among government agencies, project sponsors, and the general public.The law was implemented in 1978 and revised in 1987 and 1996.

To the extent feasible, the SEQRA review considers activities of the Village of Penn Yan, Yates County, and KOD at the Site as a single project located in the Keuka Lake Outlet area of the Village of Penn Yan.

Village of Penn Yan Engineering & Construction Schedule

Complete by May 31, 2015

• Water main replacement on Lake Street

• Relocation of Wadell Pump Station

• Water main replacement on Hicks Street

Complete by June 30, 2015

• Rebuild of Monell St. sewer

• Construction of gravity sewer to Monell Pump station

Complete by July 31, 2015

• Rebuild Hicks Street

• Mill & Fill Monnell Street

• Construction of new street between Hicks and Kimball’s Gulley

Complete by Aug. 31, 2015

• Construction of Outlet Trail between Monell St. & KOD site

Complete by June 30, 2016

• Rebuild Mace Street

Village of Penn Yan Engineering & Construction Schedule