Posted at: 03/03/2013 9:41 AM
Updated at: 03/03/2013 9:42 AM
By: Melody Burri/Messenger Post
A public information meeting, public hearing, and site walk are all in the works to give Victor Town Board members and residents a chance to evaluate and weigh in on a rezoning proposal that would make way for a 94-acre sports complex in Fishers.
The workshop/informational meeting is set for Town Hall on Monday, March 11, at 6 p.m. to shine more light on what developers hope will be the future site of Pinnacle Athletic Campus. This follows a Feb. 25 public hearing at which nearby neighbors voiced strong opposition to the complex.
That same night following the workshop, a public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. so residents may voice further comments about the project. Emails and letters may also be sent to the Victor Town Clerk at Victor Town Hall, 85 E. Main St., Victor, NY 14564, or to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 4:30 p.m. on March 11.
The workshop and public hearing will be preceded by a site walk by Town Board, Planning Board and Conservation Board members on Saturday, March 9, at 9 a.m. The site walk, starting southwest of the intersection at Phillips Road and Main Street in Fishers, is open to the public.
A vote on whether or not the parcel will be rezoned has not yet been scheduled.
The project is spearheaded by Jim Ludwig, president of North Coast Construction, and the property is owned by Mendon Ponds Development, LLC, DBA Genesee Sand and Gravel. It needs to be rezoned from Light Industrial to a Planned Development District, or PDD, before it can move forward.
If rezoning is approved, the preliminary plan calls for two indoor multi-sport athletic facility buildings; up to five medical, commercial or retail flex space buildings; and up to two hotel buildings where the total rooms for rent of both hotels would not exceed 150 rooms.
According to John Caruso, senior vice president with engineering/architecture firm Passero Associates, the commercial flex space would all have a health and wellness theme. The complex would also include six soccer fields, combined with four baseball fields located on 23.8 acres between the Auburn and Lehigh trails. It would also have an alternative outdoor action sports area on 15.4 acres.
Public comments, along with comments submitted in writing, will be posted on www.victorny.org as soon as they have been transcribed. Caruso, on behalf of Pinnacle developers, will give information online in response to comments that are presented.
Developers of Pinnacle Athletic Campus initially unveiled the privately-funded plan before the Town Board in May 2012. The total cost of the project has not been finalized.