Ongoing Farmington Projects
TO: Farmington Town Board, Town Public Works and Town Operations Committees Report
FROM: Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development - Ronald L. Brand
Dan Delpriore, Town Code Enforcement Officer - Daniel Delpriore
DATE: September 27, 2022
RE: Report to Town Public Works and Town Operations Committees for Town Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
The following project status report is for this week’s Town Board Meeting and is for the period September 12, 2022, through September 23, 2022.
Town Board Resolutions (9)
- Resolution for consent of discontinuance of Tomra Trail pursuant to NYS Highway Law Article 8, Section 171(2).
- Resolution approving a partial release of funds (Release No. 6) from the Letter of Credit for utility work within Phase I of the Hathaway’s Corners Project, in the total amount of $925,742.88.
- Resolution approving a partial release (Release No. 1) from the Letter of Credit for work within Phase 1 of the Villas at Hathaway’s Corners Project, in the total amount of $394,026.50.
- Resolution accepting a two-year Maintenance Bond from Farmington Auto Wash, 6214 State Route 96, for sidewalk site improvements in the total amount of $1,785.00.
- Resolution approving the rezoning of land located along the south side of Loomis Road between State Route 332 and Plastermill Road from GB General Business to GI General Industrial; authorizing the amendment thereof upon the Town’s Official Zoning Map; and adopting Local Law No. 7 of 2022.
- Resolution appointing Ronald L. Brand, Town Director of Planning and Development, as the Town Project Manager for the Federal Aid Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Project entitled Town of Farmington Sidewalk/Trail Connection – Phase I Project, PIN 4761.41.
- Resolution: accepting the Consultants Rankings provided by the Town of Farmington Consultants Ranking Committee; tentatively designating Fisher Associates to perform professional services on behalf of the Town for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Project entitled Town of Farmington Sidewalk/Trail Connection – Phase I Project, PIN 4761.41; directing the Town Supervisor to negotiate a draft contract agreement with Fisher Associates for engineering, surveying and construction inspection services for said TAP Project; and bringing said draft contract to the Town Board for its review and approval.
- Resolution to continue the public hearing and further deliberations upon the Farmington Market Center Incentive Rezoning Action to Tuesday evening, October 11, 2022, commencing at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
- Resolution approving a final release (Release #4) from the Letter of Credit for Earthwork Hathaway Corners Project, Phase I in the total amount of $217,323.95.
Town Projects Update
- Beaver Creek Park Project. The final piece of playground equipment and the swing sets have now been installed. Last week Town Officials conducted a wall through inspection with the site contractor to enable the release of payment being held for previously unfinished site improvements.
The athletic fields are not available this year for organized team sports. Team sports using the fields at this park will begin in 2023. This will enable the grassed fields time to mature for the organized team sports.
- Delaware River Solar (DRS) Project. Site work on this solar farm project continues and is now approaching thirty-five percent (35%) completion. Improvements include the installation of the RG&E electric poles, underground electric, borings for the solar array panels, installation of the perimeter security fence and starting this week the installation of site landscaping.
- Town Line Road Capital Improvement Project. A short section of new water line, located on the east end of the project (near Route 332) is scheduled to be installed starting later this week. A new section of sidewalk has been installed between Brimstone Drive connecting to the existing sidewalk just west of Estate Drive. All highway striping has been completed. A section of new water line has been installed underneath town line road near the east end of the project. There remains one other section of sidewalk to be completed next spring, which is west of Stony Way and between Maplewood Drive. The delay allows the fill material related to the new water line installed in this area to settle over the winter months.
- Brickyard Road Water Tank & Transmission. Bids for this capital project were opened and then were rejected by the Town of Canandaigua Town Board, on Monday, February 7, 2022, when the Board did not approve the 202-B funding authorization needed to move the project forward. In an email received last week from the Canandaigua Town Supervisor, the Canandaigua Town Board has agreed that this project is needed to support their recently completed “Up Town” future development plans.
- Monarch Manor Incentive Zoning Project, Section 2.
Site work continues within this new section, which includes extending public water and sewer service, installation of the continued street [Monarch Drive to Brimstone Drive, to the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road], sidewalks, and streetlights. The stormwater facility for this project has been constructed on this site, accepted by the Town and the release of surety was authorized. Eventually, within Section 2, there will be a total of forty-eight (48) two-unit single-family structures.
- Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Section 8S.
Site improvements have begun within this last section of the Auburn Meadows Project. This Section involves a total of 31 lots that are to be located along both sides of Ackerman Way, between the Marion Way and Jasper Drive intersections. A&D Real Estate Development Corporation, LLC, the developer of the Auburn Meadows Tract, has filed the Letter of Credit for site improvements within this Section of the overall project and site work has commenced.
Site work involving the construction of a stormwater detention facility for this Section of the Auburn Meadows project had been stopped by the Town, while awaiting the submission of a redesign of this facility. The redesign has now been reviewed and accepted by the Auburn Trail Engineer and the Town’s Engineer, and work will be allowed to continue once the required split-rail security fence has been installed. During this construction there should be minimal disruption to Trail users associated with connecting the site’s (8S) drainage line to the stormwater facility.
- Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 7N and 8N. Sections 7N and 8N involve the construction of 55 single family dwelling lots located along both sides of Ivory Drive between the current stub located in Section 6N at the intersection with Amber Drive connecting to the intersection of Amber Drive located in Section 3N to the west. In addition, as part of Section 7N a new pedestrian walkway has been installed between lots 545 and 546 on Amber Drive (Section 5) and lot 739 in Section 7N and lot 849 in Section 8N, located along the Ivory Drive extension. Additional sidewalk and pedestrian crosswalks have been installed at the intersection of Amber Drive and Ivory (in Section 3 North). Finally, there will be pedestrian sidewalks and stone dust trails constructed within portions of these two sections (7N & 8N) of Ivory Drive, connecting the new Ivory Drive sidewalks to the nearby Auburn Trail Project.
There are no single-family dwelling lot remaining within Section 7N. Within Section 8N there are five (5) vacant sites awaiting sales and construction.
- Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 2, Townhouse Project. There is a total of six (6) two-unit townhouse buildings under construction within this last section of the residential portion of the incentive zoning project. There are no available units in this project.
- Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Commercial Project. Construction is now complete on the 7,200 square foot building on Lot #72, which is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of State Route 96 and Commercial Drive. The building has been divided and will be used for an ice cream store and a beauty salon. The beauty salon, T.K.O. (Total Knock Out), is now open for business, while Zoe’s, the ice cream shop’s opening has been delayed awaiting shipment of the counter tops and installation. Finally, the developer reports that a total of thirteen (13) streetlights have been ordered to be installed along the east side of Commercial Drive later this year.
- Redfern Drive Townhouse Project. Site work continues on the construction of twenty (20) townhouse dwelling units that will be located within four (4) buildings along Redfern Drive, between Running Brook Drive and Dalton Drive. All four (4) of the buildings have been enclosed, driveways installed and interior work is ongoing. The first final inspection of one of the dwelling units has been scheduled which is required prior to issuing any Certificates of Occupancy.
- Hathaway’s Corners Incentive Zoning Project.
There are a total of forty-one (41) townhome units that are under construction with two (2) buildings remaining to be constructed. There are 17 townhouse units remaining which have been issued building permits and construction is underway. Utility work is also underway for the construction of 88 apartment units located in the southeast portion of the overall site, near the intersection of Savalla Boulevard, Marsh Circle and the northern portion of Carmens Way.
The Marrano Homes model home/sales office located along the south side of County Road 41 continues to operate. This fall, a new model home/sales office will be constructed within the project. Currently within the project site along Eddy Gate and Osborn there are a total of eight (8) dwelling units under construction, with six (6) single-family dwellings occupied.
Site work continues within the Villas portion of the project. This section will involve a total of eighty-eight (88) single-family dwellings that will be operating under a home-owners association where all site amenities (e.g., lawn mowing, landscaping, snow plowing, etc.) is being provided for those living within this portion of the Hathaway’s Corners project.
Final Subdivision Plat approval for Section 2 of the single-family tract was granted by the Planning Board at their meeting on Wednesday, September 7th. The next steps include the preparation of a letter of credit for site improvements to be accepted by the Town Board and filing with the Town Clerk.
This is last section of the residential portion of the project and involves a total of 43 lots. Site work will commence this fall and continue over the winter months. Building permits are expected to be issued in the spring of 2023.
- America’s Best Value Inn Project. Construction on the new motel continues with the installation of drywall and exterior siding. The applicant reports that the project will likely open later this fall.
- RG&E Substation 127 Expansion Project. The existing substation, located at 961 Hook Road, continues site improvements as part of a three (3) phase expansion project which began in late 2019 and is anticipated to be completed later this year. Phase 1 is complete.
Phase 2 is in progress, which includes the majority of the substation rebuild work in the upper yard. Phase 2 is scheduled to be placed in service in August/September or this year. Phase 3 encompasses the remaining work – the construction of an electric duct bank for cross-connection from the upper yard to the lower yard, the expansion of the lower yard, the installation of additional stormwater infrastructure, and the remaining property restoration and reseeding.
- RG&E Substation #168 Site Improvements. Substation 168 is located along the south side of State Street, adjacent to the Village of Manchester. Work commenced on this project last fall, with the widening of a portion of State Street along the north side near the existing driveway to the project’s site, and construction of a new driveway entrance from State Street into the Old Castle property. Work during 2022/2023 includes the relocation of the existing 34.5 kV lines (underground and overhead), excavation and installation of the control house building and its foundation, and upgrade work within the 115kV substation yard.
- Meyer’s Recreation Vehicle Sales & Service Project. The Town awaits receipt of the record site drawings and then closing out the letter of credit for this project.
- LeFrois Project, (GLN) State Route 96. Site earthwork and the installation of new water lines, sewer lines, stormwater and related storm water drainage improvements continue. Also under construction is a new section of Mercier Boulevard, a town road that starts at a new intersection with State Route 96 and extends into Phase 1A of the project. This new highway will also provide a connection to the adjacent Farmington Market Center Project and the G&A Farmington Commons Plaza site.
Phase 1A site development provides for up to four (4) proposed commercial building sites to be located along the south side of State Route 96. Eventually, Mercier Boulevard will extend to the south and east connecting with the existing cul-de-sac on the adjacent Home Leasing property. Mercier Boulevard when completed will provide an alternative connection to the GLN Farmington Realty site, the Farmington Commons Plaza (located at the southwest corner of State Routes 96 & 332), the Farmington Market Plaza (where the Tops Super Market and Canandaigua National Bank are located) and the existing cul-de-sac on Mercier Boulevard located at the south end of the GLN Farmington Realty property.
- Union Crossing Development, Blackwood Industrial Park Distribution Center, Lot #R-2. The Town awaits the filing of a letter of credit with the Town Clerk’s Office, a pre-construction meeting will then be scheduled with the Town’s Project Review Committee. Once all parties have agreed-to the identified pre-construction issues then a notice to proceed with site work will be issued by the Town Code Enforcement Officer. The project involves the construction of two (2) warehouse buildings having a total of 416,000 square feet and related site improvements.
- Loomis Road Mini-warehouse Project – The project involves three (3) single-story buildings having a total of 13,200 square feet in building area and related site improvements which include landscaping, site lighting and storm water control measures. A letter of credit was accepted by the Town Board at their meeting on July 26th. Once the letter of credit is filed with the Town Clerk’s Office, then a scheduling of a pre-construction meeting which is to be held later this fall.
- Auburn Junction Plaza Project (Phase 3A) and Amended Concept Plan – Site work on a single-story 19,900 square foot plaza building, located along the west side of State Route 332, south of Carmens Way and opposite Farmbrook Drive. The project (known as Phase 3A of the Auburn Junction Incentive Zoning Project) includes the construction of related on-site parking, additional sidewalks, site lighting, and landscaping. The building has been enclosed and interior work within the building continues. The drive isles and parking lots have been constructed in Phase 3A with paving soon to follow this fall. Phase 3B (a future phase) will involve the design and construction of two standalone commercial type buildings to be located on the two outparcels located in front of the Phase 3A building. The site’s contractor is LeFrois Builders and Contractors.
20. Loomis Road Industrial Park Project – The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on August 17, 2022, granted a special use permit with conditions for an auto-related doll-up business. The Planning Board, at their meeting on September 7th, granted preliminary site plan approval, with conditions, for the construction of a new building upon Lot #4, a stormwater detention facility, installation of site utilities, and a proposed new Town Road to be known as Jetman Drive. The applicant’s engineers are preparing revised Preliminary Site Plan drawings for signing. Once this step has been completed there will be Final Site Plans submitted for review and approval by the Town Planning Board.
- Country Max Building Project – Site construction is underway for the new 68,000 square foot warehouse and office building for Country Max. A portion of this project will include the extension of the sidewalk along the north side of Collett Road, from the FedEx site to a new crosswalk that is to be installed across Collett Road near the driveway to Ultra Fab and then the sidewalk will continue along the south side of Collett Road east to the west side of Hook Road where it will end for the time being.
- Farmington Commons Plaza Project – Site construction continues upon the Reliant Federal Credit Union building and related site improvements on Lot #R-2 of the G&A Development & Construction Corporation’s land. The site is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of State Routes 96 and 332. The credit union building is to be located north of and adjacent to the Burger King restaurant and south of the existing plaza building.
Also, a part of this project includes the reconstruction of the westerly driveway entrance to the plaza from State Route 96 and construction of a new pedestrian sidewalk from along State Route 96 into the western end of the plaza.
Future development of the remaining 7.384-acre Farmington Common Plaza site envisions a 4,000 square-foot three-story medical office building and another commercial building with related site improvements. Other related site improvements include connecting this proposed lot to the adjacent GLN Farmington Realty Project and to the extension of Mercier Boulevard on that property.
- Farmington Market Center Project. The Town Board will re-open the public hearing on the proposed rezoning, that was continued from the August 23rd meeting, at tonight’s meeting. The application involves a request to rezone three (3) parcels of land containing approximately 18.3 acres that are proposed with the phased buildout of the Farmington Market Center (FMC) site (which presently includes the Tops Market and the Farmington Branch Office of the Canandaigua National Bank). The Town Board, at their meeting tonight, is expected to continue the public hearing on the rezoning to October 11th, to allow time for receipt of the independent evaluation to be prepared of the trip generations from three (3) nearby sites (e.g., GLN Farmington Realty, G&A Farmington Commons Plaza, and the FMC site).
The first phase of the site’s proposed development includes connection to Mercier Boulevard to the east, the construction of a new branch bank for Canandaigua National Bank, the construction of a Tops Fueling Station, the construction of a Mavis Tire Store, installation of pedestrian sidewalks from the southeast corner of the intersection of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road, the construction of sidewalks from Mertensia Road into and connecting to the Tops Building, the re-design of the current entrance into the plaza from State Route 96, and the installation of the Main Street Corridor improvements [streetlights, benches, trash receptacles, landscaping, etc.,] across the entire frontage of the plaza site.
The incentive zoning process requires submission of an overall preliminary site plan for review and approval by the Town Planning Board and then the filing of said plan with the Town Clerk’s Office. Once filed, then the Town Clerk is directed to amend the Official Zoning Map. Once the rezoning is complete, which includes amending the Town’s Official Zoning Map for the three parcels of land, then final site plan applications may be received and acted upon by the Planning Board for each of the proposed seven (7) commercial sites to be located within the three (3) subject parcels.
- Gerstner Medical Building. The project involves the construction of a 7,500 square foot two-story medical equipment office and sales building with associated site improvements located along the east side of Quentonshire Drive, south of County Road 41. A letter of credit still needs to be filed with the Town Clerk’s Office and then a pre-construction meeting will be scheduled.
- No Standing Signs, State Route 332. The Town has been informed, by the New York State Department of Transportation, that a No Standing Zone will be established along both sides of State Route 332, starting at a location 1,000 feet north of the Route 96 intersection to a point located 1,260 feet south of the intersection. The No Standing signs are deemed necessary to eliminate ingress and egress sight restrictions being experienced by motorists which are being caused by the parking of large tractor trailer vehicles along the shoulders of State Route 332 in this area. The order for the restriction zone has been filed with the Secretary of State. No Standing signs have been placed on order and will be installed by State DOT forces as work schedules allow.
- TOMRA NY RECYCLING PROJECT. Site work has continues on this project site. The project involves the expansion of the recycling operations at their site located at 5923 Loomis Road and the abandoning of the existing Tomra Trail, a dead-end street that is now used only as a driveway for the TOMRA NY Recycling Project. The Town Board, at their meeting tonight is expected to authorize the abandonment of this town highway.
- FEDERAL HIGHWAY TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES PROGRAM (TAP) GRANT AWARD. The Town Board, at its meeting tonight, is expected to accept the rankings from the Town’s committee and direct the Town Supervisor to enter into negotiations with Fisher Associates to provide engineering and construction inspection services for the construction of approximately 17,000 lineal feet of five-foot-wide concrete sidewalks, construction of a pedestrian bridge crossing of Beaver Creek, installation of bike lanes and a stone dust trail connection to the Auburn Trail. Construction on this project is anticipated to be scheduled to start next year and, be complete in 2024.
- Hickory Rise Nature Trail Drumlin Signs. New interpretative signs, like the one shown below in the picture, have been installed along the nature trail located within the Hickory Rise Neighborhood at the southeast corner of Collett and Hook Roads. The signs identify the natural drumlins that are located in two locations on the subdivision tract which have been protected from disturbance.
- ELECTRIC CAR CORNER PROJECT. The Planning Board has received an application for two (2) special use permits and preliminary site plan approval for the sales, leasing, maintenance and repairs of new and used vehicles and the operation of up to eight (8) level 3 vehicle charging spaces on the property located at 6162 State Route 96 (the former Create-A-Scape site). The special use permits are for the sales and leasing of new and used vehicles and the repair and maintenance of new and used vehicles sold or leased from the dealership and the electric vehicle charging stations. The preliminary site plan is for Lot #A, the former Create-A-Scape parcel, and involves the sales, leasing, repair and maintenance of electric vehicles (including hybrid vehicles); and the operation of up to eight level 3 charging stations for electric vehicles for the public’s use. The Planning Board, at its meeting on Wednesday, September 21st continued its deliberation upon these three (3) applications to their next meeting on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.
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