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Ongoing Farmington Projects

Memorandum

TO:            Farmington Town Board, Town Public Works and Town Operations                                           Committees Report

FROM:      Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development     Ronald L. Brand

DATE:      March 12, 2019

RE:            Report to Town Public Works and Town Operations for Town Board Meeting on                                    Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

I have the following items to report for this week’s Town Board Meeting:

Town Board Resolutions (1)

1.    Resolution to accept a Letter of Credit for site improvements to Maddie’s Power Sports, located at 6200 State Route 96, west of Mertensia Road.

       Town Projects Update

  1. Delaware River Solar Project.  The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on January 16, 2019 continued the three (3) public hearings upon applications for a special use permit, preliminary site plan approval and preliminary subdivision plat approval, to construct a 35 acre commercial solar farm upon lands located south of Fox Road and west of Yellow Mills Road.  The project  

involves the creation of four parcels of land containing a total of 135 acres of land.  Of this total, approximately 35 acres is being proposed for the installation of 21,000 solar panels upon three large solar arrays.  The property is located within the Ontario County Consolidated Agricultural Use District #1 and is being actively farmed. 

The Planning Board’s continuation of these three applications is based upon the lack of information that was previously requested to be provided as part of the environmental record on the project.  The information missing is the State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets findings, as part of the Notice of Intent (NOI) process that is required whenever a

public agency, such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency

(NYSERDA), has been identified as providing public funds for a project located upon active

 Farmland and within an established County Agricultural Use District. 

The Town received notice that on February 27th, from staff at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) that at that time no NOI had been submitted for review.  NYSDAM also advised the Town that the NOI process, once a complete application had been accepted, would take approximately 75 days to complete.  Based upon this information, the Planning Board has continued the public hearings to April 17, 2019. 

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Once the Planning Board receives the Commissioner’s findings, they may then determine that it has enough information to make an informed determination of significance (e.g.  That the application is complete and ready to be acted upon).  The Planning Board must then complete Parts 2 and 3 of the Full SEQR Environmental Assessment Form within 20 days of a complete application and make a determination of significance.  Once a determination of significance is made by the Planning Board, then the other decisions relating to this project may be made upon these pending applications.   First will be the decisions by the Zoning Board of Appeals on the pending area variances;  and then decisions by the Planning Board on the proposed land subdivision, special use permit and site plan approvals. 

On Monday, January 28th, the Zoning Board of Appeals convened the continued four public hearings upon requests for area variances which began at their December 17, 2018 meeting.    The Zoning Board of Appeals at their meeting on the 28th, voted to continue the public hearings upon the pending four area variances to their April 22, 2019 meeting.

  1. Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Application.  On August 16, 2018 the Town Board submitted an application to the New York State Department of Transportation for grant money under the Federal Highway Administration’s TAP.  The grant would enable the installation of sidewalks where currently there are no sidewalks located within developed sites:  along both sides of State Route 96; the south side of Elizabeth Way;  the east side of Mertensia Road;  the west side of Beaver Creek Road;  the north side of County Road 41, between Beaver Creek Road and State Route 332;  and the south side of County Road 41 between the Auburn Trail crossing and the existing sidewalks along the west side of State Route 332, all of which are located within the hamlet of Farmington.   The total estimated cost of these improvements is $ 1,540,000.00 with the Town proposing a 30% local match of $ 462,000.00.

The total length of proposed sidewalk improvements is approximately 13,300 lineal feet of five foot wide concrete sidewalks.  The project also includes the installation of 20 ADA curbs/ramps, 8 pedestrian crossing signals, and 2 solar powered flashing pedestrian crossing signs.   The Town has received numerous letters of support from local businesses and residents, as well as from political leaders at the federal, state, county levels of government and local school districts.  The State had promised the announcement of TAP Grant awards this fall.  According to the most recent information received from the State Department of Transportation it will likely be March or April, 2019 before any decisions are made on these grant applications.

  1. Farmington Market Center.  The Town Board, at their meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 received a presentation on proposed plans to develop approximately 18 acres of land located on the south side of State Route 96, east of the Mertensia Road intersection.  Michael Montalto, Project Manager, Costich Engineering, on behalf of the current owners of the former Wades Plaza Site presented plans for the development of the former Wades Property which is now to become known as the Farmington Market Center Project.  The applicant is proposing four out-parcels to be developed.  One parcel will be occupied by a new Mavis Tire store; a second parcel to be occupied by a new branch of Canandaigua National Bank; a third parcel to be used for a Tops Gasoline self-service station; and the fourth parcel to be developed as some type of   

       commercial use, perhaps a restaurant.   The formal IZ rezoning process will involve a public

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       Hearing, a detailed site plan for the proposed new development of the site and a list of requested zoning incentives by the applicant in exchange for proposed site amenities being provided by the applicants. 

      The Town Planning Board, at their February 6th meeting, received a formal presentation on the proposed rezoning along with a request from the Town Board for a formal report and recommendation on the proposed site amenities and requested zoning incentives.  The Planning Board, at their February 20th meeting, completed their review and made a formal recommendation to the Town Board to consider the application.   The Town Board, at their meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 took action to consider the requested rezoning and directed staff to submit the required documents to the County Planning Board for its’ review at their March 13th meeting.  The Town Board has scheduled a public hearing upon the proposed request for Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

  1. Farmington Gardens Phase II Project.   The name of this project is now known as “Farmington on the Creek.”  A total of nine (9) Certificates of Occupancy have been issued for buildings in this project.  One (1) Community Center Building;  two (2) storage buildings; and six (6) 8-unit buildings containing one and two-bedroom apartment units. This month, a number of three-bedroom apartment units are scheduled for occupancy.  There is already a waiting list for the three-bedroom apartments.   Over the winter months work will continue on the remaining units and storage buildings with the project’s completion anticipated this spring.

  1. Conifer Realty Pintail Crossing Apartment Project.  Construction continues on phase 1 of this 112 unit apartment project on land located south of Quentonshire Drive, between County Road 41 and the Farmbrook Neighborhood.  A total of 64 apartment units are included in phase 1 of this project.   The existing paved section of Quentonshire Drive, the section from County Road 41 south (which was not originally constructed to Town Highway Standards) has now been reconstructed to Town standards and paved in anticipation for dedication of this former driveway as a new Town Highway.  The applicants will soon be requesting Certificates of Occupancy for these 64 units plus the Project’s Community Center.  Final details are being coordinated with the applicant for dedication of all related site improvements and easements.

       In addition to the work nearing completion in Phase 1, the Town has now signed Final Site Plan    drawings for Phase 2 of this project.  Phase 2 consists of a total of 48 apartment units, comprised of 8 one bedroom units, 32 two bedroom units and 8 three bedroom units.  No date has been established for the preconstruction meeting for this second phase of the project. 

  1. Beaver Creek Park Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).   The Town Board held a public information meeting on Thursday evening, February 21, 2019 that was attended by approximately 40 residents.  The public was informed that the third attempt at a parks grant was not accepted and that the Town Board had decided to move forward. Staff informed every one of the status of work that has been completed on this capital improvement project, including the details for the first two phases of this site’s development.  Detailed cost estimates for both phases were discussed along with the timing for their completion.  Currently, the estimated costs for Phase 1 development which includes installation of water lines, sewer lines, site access from Amber Drive, two parking lots, site lighting, construction of earthen berms with

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partial landscaping, a combination maintenance building with restrooms, two playgrounds for children in age groups 3 – 6 and 7 -11, a soccer field and a multi-purpose field is approximately 2.7 million dollars.  Phase 2 includes construction of tennis courts/pickle ball courts, basketball court and a second soccer field, access from Clovertrail Drive, parking lot, and connection to the adjacent walking trails. This is estimated to cost just under $974,000.00. The Town Board will consider completing phase 1 & 2 in the same contract for a savings of approximately $200,000.00. This would also reduce the construction time, construction traffic and reduce the length of dust problems that would be caused with two separate contracts.

  1. Restroom Improvements at Town Parks.   The Town has received, from the State of New York, fully executed contract documents for the planned improvements to be made in 2019 to the public restrooms in both the Town Park (on County Road 8) and the Pumpkin Hook Park (on Allen Padgham Road).   Grant funds for these two projects were made available as the result of assistance obtained from State Senator Pamela Helming’s Office in Albany.   These restroom improvements are designed to meet handicap accessible standards that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In addition to the restroom improvements, the grant will also enable portions of new sidewalks to be installed for these facilities.                                                      
  2. Auburn Trail Grant Project.  Work on the 3 mile long hiking/biking trail, which is an extension to the State’s Regional Trails Network here in the Finger Lakes region, was stopped at the end of November.  The Trail remains officially closed to the public at this time.  In the spring, approximately May first, work on the remaining portions of this project will be authorized to start again and will be completed by May 15th. 

       There are several portions of this project that remain to be completed.  One component involves                                    the stone dust trail topping to be installed along a portion of the project between County Road 41 and State Route 332; and trail topping between the main trail section and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  There are also portions of the trail where black top is to be installed, primarily between the main trail portion and the concrete sidewalk along State Route 332 near the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center.    Another unfinished portion of the project involves a short segment of concrete sidewalk along the south side of County Road 41, between New Michigan Road and the Auburn Trail crossing.  Work on this portion of the project was delayed by RG&E when it was discovered by the contractor during sidewalk construction that a gas line was in the wrong location and needed to be relocated.    RG&E has notified the Town that they have now completed the necessary relocation of the gas main in this area.  This will permit the contractor to complete work on the sidewalk in this area.   Finally, a six vehicle parking lot facility for trail users, is to be constructed and located along the main trail alignment near the Ivory Drive crossing.                                                  

  1. Town Line Road Capital Improvement Project Design.  MRB Group, P.C., has submitted to the town highway superintendents, in both the towns of Canandaigua and Farmington, final design and construction cost estimates for the reconstruction of the section of the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road between State Route 332 and New Michigan Road.

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The first phase of this highway’s capital improvement project includes installation of a new culvert crossing for Beaver Creek and the installation of a new water main and the widening of the shoulders for the future installation of sidewalks. The design plans for the water main installation in this portion of the overall highway improvement project have been approved by the New York State Department of Health.  The formal bid process will begin on April 10th with a bid opening and with an anticipated contract award on April 23, 2019.  This project includes the highway’s sub-base, culvert replacement, wing wall placement and limited fill/compaction.   A Public Informational Meeting on the first phase of this project is scheduled for the April/May timeframe at the Town Hall.

 

The two Towns (Canandaigua & Farmington) will set up message board signs along the Town Line Road notifying motorists of the pending road closure for the above described culvert replacement.  In May/June, the two Towns will start work to prepare the site for the contractor.  It is anticipated that the contractor will start work late June, 2019 and be completed in late September/October.  This portion of the Town Line Road is anticipated to be closed from mid-June through October 31, 2019.

The Town’s engineering firm is also working on preparing green infrastructure design components for the project.  The project will also include improvements to meet the requirements of the federally mandated “Complete Streets Act,” including sidewalks, bike lanes, widened travel pavement and pedestrian crossings along this section of the Town Line Road.  The towns of Canandaigua and Farmington have started work on obtaining easements from property owners located along this portion of the highway.  

Phase 2 of this highway improvement project involves the installation of a new water main to be constructed in early 2020, between Route 332 and Estate Drive.  Phase 3 involves the highway improvements during 2020, for the section of Town Line Road between New Michigan Road and Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way.  Phase 4, to be completed in 2021, involves the highway improvements between Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way and Stablegate Drive.   Phase 5, to be completed in 2022, involves the remaining section between Stablegate Drive and the right-of-way for State Route 332.  Both Towns are currently working on obtaining easements along this portion of the Town Line Road. 

  1. Brickyard Road Water Tank & Transmission.    The Town has been awarded a grant in the total amount of $3,614,400.00 to be used towards the construction of a new water storage tank on land owned by the Canandaigua/Farmington Water District, located along Brickyard & Yerkes Roads in the Town of Canandaigua.  The project also includes construction of a new 16-inch  

       water transmission main from the new water tank site into the Town of Farmington, at                                    the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.   The total project cost is $9,036,000.00.

       The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., and Canandaigua Town Officials continue to meet with a property owner in the Town of Canandaigua confirming the water line alignment along with an alignment for the construction of a new town road; and land necessary for the continuation of the Auburn Trail into and through the Town of Canandaigua connecting to the Ontario Pathways Trail located in the City of Canandaigua.  Once the alignments for these improvements have

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        been determined, then the Town Engineers will have their wetland biologist continue the wetlands delineation to resolve the future town road and water main alignment around a large wetland area.  The next step involves preparing the draft easement map and description for the road, trail and transmission main. 

  1. Monarch Manor Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  A total of twenty (24) lots have been sold, occupied or are under construction with four (4) additional units under contract as of this report.  There are a total of forty (40) two-unit single-family structures within Section 1 of this project.   Section 1 will be connected to Beaver Creek Park via the pedestrian bridge crossing of Beaver Creek.   Later this spring, the Town understands that Section 2 of this project will be forthcoming for Planning Board approvals.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 6 S and 6 N.  Construction continues within these two sections of the overall subdivision tract.  Section 6S involves a total of six (6) lots to be located along Ackerman Way with access from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and Opal Drive.   Three of the five new lots, located within the Section 6S area, now identified as “The Cottages,” have homes under construction.  One of these units is now serving as the sales office for Ryan Homes which will continue to be used for the remaining sections of the Auburn Meadows Project.   The former sales office/home fronting on Ackerman Way has been

turned over to the property owner for occupancy.   

Section 6N involves a total of fifty-four (54) lots along Amber Drive, Marion Way, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive.  The twenty-first basement has been dug in this area and forms placed for the pouring of concrete walls for those units.  The base course paving of the remainder of Amber Drive, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive, public water lines and public sewer lines is now complete and this will enable the continued construction of homes over the winter months. In the spring, sidewalks will be installed along portions of these new Town highways.  Ivory Drive has been extended to the Auburn Trail crossing and the intersection of the future Farmington Pointe highway.  Over the next 2-3 months, the Town Highway Department will be working on boxing out and adding materials for the continuation of Ivory Drive to connect with Carmen’s Way, thereby providing an alternate means of access to State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook Drive.   

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Section 9.  Site improvements (e.g. roads, drainage, water lines, sewer, sidewalks, etc.) are under construction within this section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract, located north of Section 6S which is located off from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The project involves a northern extension of Ackerman Way between Opal Drive and ending just north of Omega Drive.  Along the east side

Of Ackerman Way, the lots will back-up to portions of the dedicated Beaver Creek Parkland and the Auburn Trail Connector Project, the portion located between Ivory Drive Crossing and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The black top road base has been installed, thereby enabling the construction of new houses to occur over the winter months.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 7S and 8S.  An application for Final Subdivision Plat Approval was granted by Planning Board, at their meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  Section 7S involves a total of 25 lots to be located along the easterly extension of Marion Way to Ackerman Way, from the intersection with Spartan Drive; and the connection of Jasper Drive,

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between Ackerman Way and Marion Way.  Section 8S involves a total of 31 lots to be located along both sides of Ackerman Way, between the Marion Way and Jasper Drive intersections.  Following signatures being affixed to the Final Plat drawings and the filing of the drawings in the Ontario County Clerk’s Office a preconstruction meeting will be scheduled with construction to commence in the spring.                

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  Construction work continues within the Section 1 portion of the overall site. The first six two-unit townhouse dwellings have been constructed at this time and the basement, walls and roof is being installed for the seventh and eighth units.  One of the first two units is the model sales office for the project.  In addition, six more units have been sold and will soon be under construction.  This section of the project consists of 41 single-family townhouse dwelling units to be located on lots along both sides of a proposed

East-west Street, to be called Redfield Grove.  Redfield Grove is located west of Hook Road and opposite King Hill Drive.   The contractor has installed concrete gutters, sidewalks, street lights and has paved the binder course of black top for the first section of Redfield Drive.  The existing large yellow house located at the corner of Redfield Drive and Hook Road is also a part of Section 1 and is being renovated.   This dwelling is to be leased to a single-family.

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 2.  Final Subdivision/Site Plan drawings for this new section have been approved with conditions, by the Planning Board at their meeting on January 2, 2019.  Section 2 involves the construction of 35 single story two-unit townhouse dwellings, the redesign of the intersection of Redfield Drive and Commercial Drive intersection, and the redesign of the intersection of Commercial Drive with State Route 96.  A preconstruction meeting for the Phase 2 improvements will be scheduled this spring with construction anticipated to commence this summer.

  1. County Road 41 Rezoning (Hathaway’s Corners).   Site earth work is ongoing for this project.  A construction entrance road has been completed along State Route 332.  This entrance road location will become a new signalized intersection along State Route 332.  The recent removal of the large trees located at the southwest corner of the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41 is also complete.  This portion of the site will become a large storm water control facility.  Details are currently being worked out between the applicant’s engineer and the Town Water & Sewer Department for relocating utilities outside of the area to be expanded for a right turn lane for east bound traffic on County Road 41 onto the southbound travel lane for State Route 332.    Over the winter months grading of this site will continue along with the installation of utilities, drainage facilities and the boxing-out of the new streets.

The Planning Board, at their meeting on February 20, 2019 took action to approve the                                    detailed Final Subdivision Plat and Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 1 of this Project.  Phase 1 will consist of 42 single family detached lots and 151 residential townhouse dwelling units, of which 70 will be ranch style (or single story) and 72 will be two-story. 

  1. Hickory Rise Subdivision Tract, Section 4.  Earthwork and the installation of utilities and the new looped road, to be known as Tweed Trail, have been completed within this final section of the Hickory Rise Project.  There are a total of 43 lots to be located within Section 4, which will involve the extension of Tweed Trail to the east from Harlowe Lane.  These improvements will enable construction of new houses to commence over the winter months.

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  1. American Equipment Maintenance Building.  American Properties of Western New York, LLC, continues their construction of a one story,  18,150 square foot building and related site improvements on property located along the east side of State Route 332 and the present American Equipment Building on Collett Road.   Steel beams are now being installed to be followed shortly by the enclosure of the building.  American Equipment is looking forward to opening their new building later this spring.

  1. Hathaway Drive Dentist’s Office.  Site construction has begun for a new dentist office that is to be located along the east side of Hathaway Drive, north of the Perez Drive and south of the Farmington on The Creek Apartment Project.  The dentist is looking to opening his practice in late May, or early June, 2019.

21. Cerone Incentive Zoning Project – State Route 332 Opposite Farmbrook Drive – “Auburn Junction.”   Site work continues for phase 1 of this Project which is now to be known as “Auburn Junction.”  This phase includes construction of a two-story climate controlled self-storage facility and a mini-warehouse operation that is to be located in the rear portion of the parcel, alongwith the construction of a segment of a new Town road to be known as Carmen’s Way.   This            new road will, in 2019, connect to Ivory Drive which is located in Section 6N of the Auburn Meadows Tract.  Carmen’s Way will then extend from the intersection of Ivory Drive in a south easterly direction to the recently installed signalized intersection at State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook Drive.  Phase 2 of the Project will commence once tenants have been determined for a small commercial plaza and the two out-parcels (one of which is identified as a potential fast food drive-through restaurant).

        Site landscaping continues, along with the construction of a two story climate controlled storage           building and related on-site parking improvements.  The one remaining part of the conditions of          approval for this project involves the transfers of lands between adjacent properties and the      Town.  Legal descriptions and maps of these transfers are being reviewed at this time by the    attorneys for the involved landowners.

22.  America’s Best Value Inn Project.  A preconstruction meeting originally scheduled for the end of           January 2019 was canceled at the request of the developers for this project.  A new date for the              preconstruction meeting has not been scheduled at this time.  The former motel building which       was previously destroyed by fire will be reconstructed as a new motel along with renovations to      the existing motel building located upon the property. The site is located behind the Park Place               Restaurant along State Route 96.  DGA Builders have been hired to perform the work on this      project.  Site work is expected to commence later this year.

23. Taco Bell & Microtel Hotel Project.  The Taco Bell Restaurant opened to the public on Sunday,                                                     December 23, 2018.  The entrance to the KFC Restaurant site has been realigned as part of the       Taco Bell site improvements.   Work on the Microtel project was originally to begin next month.  The owner is now considering delaying work until next spring (2020).  More details will be provided as they become known.                                                           

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24.  Town Code Update.  Staff continue work on updating the various chapters of the Town Code which involve editing of the existing code and proposing amendments thereto.  This ongoing process will continue in 2019.  A number of chapters have been determined to need updating to comply with federal and state mandates that have been enacted since the Code was created.  An advisory committee has been established and will continue to work on this task with Town Staff.

  1. Empire Pipeline Project.  The project involves the construction of a 32,000 horsepower electric compressor station and related equipment on land located south of I-90 (New York State Thruway), east of Hook Road and north of the Town of Farmington Highway Complex.  Electric substation/transmission upgrades, to be located on the adjacent RG&E substation, are now being installed which will enhance electrical service reliability for local utility customers and for the pumping station operations.  Empire is working with RG&E to develop an interconnect agreement. 

Other components of this project will include a shared access road with the Town which will become a paved dedicated Town Highway.  The decision to make this a dedicated highway, instead of having a separate driveway to the pumping station, promotes the Town’s policies for

Farmland Preservation as provided within its’ adopted Farmland Protection Plan.  This shared access road will also provide access improvements to the Town’s Salt Storage facilities and highway aggregate materials storage area.  The Town continues to work with the applicant to find a solution for a permanent roadway easement to allow the Town of Farmington to construct a second point of access, a non-dedicated town highway service road, from Collett Road near the railroad crossing to the Town Highway Campus property located on Hook Road. 

In the meantime, the project continues through the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) environmental review process which is part of the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) approval.  That process is expected to be completed later this spring.  The Attorney for the Project, along with the engineers working on the Project, met with and received Final Site Plan approval with conditions from the Town Planning Board on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  It is anticipated that work on this project will commence this summer and continue into 2020.

26. 1600 Rochester Road Project.  The Town Planning Board, in April, will be preparing a report and recommendation to the Town Board for the rezoning of four (4) parcels of land, containing a total of 85.6 acres, from NB Neighborhood Business, GB General Business and RMF Residential Multi-Family to IZ Incentive Zoning.  The project, located along the west side of State Route 332, basically surrounds the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center on three sides.  It involves mixed retail uses, a small plaza, apartments, townhouses and an assisted living memory care facility.  The Town Planning Board report and recommendation to the Town Board will include recommendations contained in the proposed amendments to the Town of Farmington Public Sewer Service Master Plan.  That report, from the Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., has recently been completed on the sewer capacities in the area and identification of what improvements will be needed.

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27.  RG&E Hook Road Substation Expansion Project.  Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), is completing the installation of back-up battery panels to be used for storing electricity at the substation until needed.  The project includes the installation of a 70-foot x 70-foot concrete pad with a total of 63 lithium battery storage units, related inverters and transformers, and an eight-foot high security fence with one foot of barbed wire along the top and surrounding the facility. The electrical connection between the substation and the batteries will be underground.   The battery back-up storage units is being undertaken in cooperation with the Empire Gas Pumping Station Project described above in this report.  The installation of the battery storage units is a solution to meet the increased demand for electricity from this substation. 

The battery storage units will be installed in phases. The first phase of 37 batteries have now been installed.  This project is undertaken to meet the battery capacity mandates of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision Act.  An additional 35 batteries will be installed in the spring of 2019. The remaining batteries will be installed over the next 10 years to address reduced battery capacity as these units age.  The ancillary equipment includes an inverter to convert power from DC to AC, power converters, safety equipment, a transformer and switchgear. 

Last week the Town was notified by RG&E that they would begin clearing a portion of their site for a planned expansion of the substation facilities.  A site plan application for this project will be submitted to the Town Planning Board later this summer.

  1. Recreation Vehicle Sales & Service Project.  The Town’s Planning Board on November 7th granted Final Site Plan Approval for a new Recreation Vehicle Dealership (Meyer’s Finger Lakes RV) to be located on land at the northeast corner of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road (the former Heritage Motors site).  Meyer’s RV of Churchville, New York, continues to conduct business from within the existing structure located upon the small corner lot at the intersection of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road.  Site clearing is expected to commence next month.

Which will involve drainage improvements regulated under the State’s MS 4 Program; and construction of a new sales/repair building is expected to commence next spring.  The Town Board, at its’ meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 accepted a proposed letter of credit for site improvements and directed its’ filing with the Town Clerk’s Office.  A preconstruction meeting will then be scheduled next month with an order to proceed with the site improvements following.

  1. DOMA 332 Incentive Zoning Project.  The Town Board, at the April 24th, meeting received a request for amending the zoning for Lot R1-D of the Mercier Incentive Zoning Project; and for the rezoning of an adjacent 6.99 acre parcel of land located on the east side of State Route 332, between State Route 332 and Beaver Creek Road.  The rezoning request involves a total of approximately 22 acres of land, which is almost all of the land south of the KFC Restaurant extending south to the former Speedway Gas Station at the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41.   Among the amenities being proposed to the Town are: a new public road connecting between Beaver Creek Road and State Route 332 (opposite Mercier Boulevard); sidewalks along frontages of State Route 332, Beaver Creek and the proposed Town Road; over-sized water mains creating new looped water supplies in the area; and intersection improvements at State Route 332 and Mercier Boulevard.  The project, at this time, involves all commercial developments with no residential units being proposed.  The Town Planning Board

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is currently reviewing the proposed rezoning application and is awaiting a report from the Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., on the sewer capacities in the area and identification of what improvements, if any, will be needed.   Once that information has been provided, the Planning Board will be providing a report and recommendation to the Town Board later this spring.

  1. Maddie’s Power Sports Project.  The Town Planning Board, at its meeting on February 6, 2019 received Final Site Plans for a 6,000 square foot building expansion and related site improvements at the former O’Neil’s Power Sports site, located at 6200 State Route 96.   The Planning Board directed a number of revisions be made to the drawings for consideration at their February 20th meeting.  The Planning Board granted Final Site Plan Approval with conditions on the 20th.  The Town Board will be acting on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 to accept a proposed Letter of Credit (LOC).  Once the LOC is filed with the Town Clerk’s Office then a pre-construction meeting will occur with an order to proceed for the building addition and related site improvements expected to get underway this spring.

  1. Home Power Systems Project.  The Town Development Office, on January 16th, received Final Site Plans for a 10,000 square foot warehouse addition to Home Power System’s existing building and an additional 15 new on-site parking spaces to their property located on the east side of Corporate Drive East; and re-subdivision of their land into two (2) lots (R-6A and R-6B) with Lot R-6B to remain vacant at this time.    The Planning Board granted Preliminary Subdivision and Site Plan Approval for these applications at their February 20th meeting.  Applications for Final Subdivision Plat and Final Site Plan Approvals are expected for the Planning Board’s March 20th meeting.

  1. Comprehensive Plan Update.  The Town, later this summer, will commence the update to the 2011 Edition of the adopted Town of Farmington Comprehensive Plan.    A Committee will be established by the Town Board to guide the revisions to the existing document.  Following the Committee’s work there will be public hearings on the proposed changes, along with a referral to the Ontario County Planning Board for its review and recommendation under the provisions of the New York State General Municipal Law. 

Memorandum

TO:            Farmington Town Board, Town Public Works and Town Operations                                           Committees Report

FROM:      Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development     Ronald L. Brand

DATE:      February 26, 2019

RE:            Report to Town Public Works and Town Operations for Town Board Meeting on                                    Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

I have the following items to report for this week’s Town Board Meeting:

Town Board Resolutions (3)

  1. Resolution accepting the Town Planning Board’s Report and Recommendation on the proposed rezoning of land located along the south side of State Route 96, east of Mertensia Road, for the “Farmington Market Center Incentive Zoning” Action; and scheduling a public hearing for Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

  1. Resolution making a determination of non-significance upon the Farmington Market Center Incentive Rezoning Action.

  1. Resolution authorizing Partial Release No. 3, Section 4, Hickory Rise Subdivision.

Town Projects Update

  1. Delaware River Solar Project.  The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on January 16, 2019 continued the three (3) public hearings upon applications for a special use permit, preliminary site plan approval and preliminary subdivision plat approval, to construct a 35 acre commercial solar farm upon lands located south of Fox Road and west of Yellow Mills Road.  The project

involves the creation of four parcels of land containing a total of 135 acres of land.  Of this total, approximately 35 acres is being proposed for the installation of 21,000 solar panels upon three large solar arrays.  The property is located within the Ontario County Consolidated Agricultural Use District #1 and is being actively farmed. 

The Planning Board’s continuation of these three applications is based upon the lack of information that was previously requested to be provided as part of the Notice of Intent (NOI) process that is required by the State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets whenever a

public agency, such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency

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(NYSERDA), has been identified as providing public funds for a project located on active

farmland and within an established County Agricultural Use District.  The Town received notice last Wednesday morning, from staff at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) that at that time no NOI had been submitted for review.  NYSDAM also

advised the Town that the NOI process, once a complete application had been accepted, would take approximately 75 days to complete.  Based upon this information, the Planning Board has continued the public hearings to April 17, 2019.  Once the Planning Board determines that it has enough information to make an informed determination of significance, then the Planning Board must next complete and accept Parts 2 and 3 of the Full SEQR Environmental Assessment Form.  Until that point in time, no other decisions may be made upon these pending applications; or, upon the related area variances that are pending before the Town Zoning Board of Appeals.

On Monday, January 28th, the Zoning Board of Appeals convened the continued four public hearings upon requests for area variances which began at their December 17, 2018 meeting.    The Zoning Board of Appeals at their meeting on the 28th, voted to continue the public hearings upon the pending four area variances to their April 22, 2019 meeting.

  1. Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Application.  On August 16, 2018 the Town Board submitted an application to the New York State Department of Transportation for grant money under the Federal Highway Administration’s TAP.  The grant would enable the installation of sidewalks where currently there are no sidewalks located within developed sites:  along both sides of State Route 96; the south side of Elizabeth Way;  the east side of Mertensia Road;  the west side of Beaver Creek Road;  the north side of County Road 41, between Beaver Creek Road and State Route 332;  and the south side of County Road 41 between the Auburn Trail crossing and the existing sidewalks along the west side of State Route 332, all of which are located within the hamlet of Farmington.   The total estimated cost of these improvements is $ 1,540,000.00 with the Town proposing a 30% local match of $ 462,000.00.

The total length of proposed sidewalk improvements is approximately 13,300 lineal feet of five foot wide concrete sidewalks.  The project also includes the installation of 20 ADA curbs/ramps, 8 pedestrian crossing signals, and 2 solar powered flashing pedestrian crossing signs.   The Town has received numerous letters of support from local businesses and residents, as well as from political leaders at the federal, state, county levels of government and local school districts.  The State had promised the announcement of TAP Grant awards this fall.  According to the most recent information received from the State Department of Transportation it will likely be February, 2019 before any decisions are made on these grant applications.

  1. Farmington Market Center.  The Town Board, at their meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 received a presentation on proposed plans to develop approximately 18 acres of land located on the south side of State Route 96, east of the Mertensia Road intersection.  Michael Montalto, Project Manager, Costich Engineering, on behalf of the current owners of the former Wades Plaza Site presented plans for the development of the former Wades Property which is now to become known as the Farmington Market Center Project.  The applicant is proposing four out-parcels to be developed.  One parcel will be occupied by a new Mavis Tire store; a second parcel

to be occupied by a new branch of Canandaigua National Bank; a third parcel to be used for a

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Tops Gasoline self-service station; and the fourth parcel to be developed as some type of

commercial use, perhaps a restaurant.   The formal IZ rezoning process will involve a public hearing, a detailed site plan for the proposed new development of the site and a list of requested zoning incentives by the applicant in exchange for proposed site amenities being provided by the applicants. 

The Town Planning Board, at their February 6th meeting, received a formal presentation on the proposed rezoning along with a request from the Town Board for a formal report and recommendation on the proposed site amenities and requested zoning incentives.  The Planning Board, at their February 20th meeting, anticipates completing their review and making a formal recommendation to the Town Board.   If the Town Board decides at their meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 to consider the requested rezoning then the County Planning Board will review the proposal in March and the Town Board will likely schedule a public hearing for Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

  1. Farmington Gardens Phase II Project.   The name of this project is now known as “Farmington On The Creek.”  A total of nine (9) Certificates of Occupancy have been issued for buildings in this project.  One (1) Community Center Building;  two (2) storage buildings; and six (6) 8-unit buildings containing one and two-bedroom apartment units. This month,  a number of three-bedroom apartment units are scheduled for occupancy.  There is already a waiting list for the three-bedroom apartments.   Over the winter months work will continue on the remaining units and storage buildings with project’s completion anticipated next Spring.

  1. Conifer Realty Pintail Crossing Apartment Project.  Construction continues on phase 1 of this 112 unit apartment project on land located south of Quentonshire Drive, between County Road 41 and the Farmbrook Neighborhood.  A total of 64 apartment units are included in phase 1 of this project.   The existing paved section of Quentonshire Drive, the section from County Road 41 south (which was not originally constructed to Town Highway Standards) has now been reconstructed to Town standards and paved in anticipation for dedication of this former driveway as a new Town Highway.  The applicants will soon be requesting Certificates of Occupancy for these 64 units plus the Project’s Community Center.  Final details are being coordinated with the applicant for dedication of all related site improvements and easements.

In addition to the work nearing completion in Phase 1, the Town has now signed Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 2 of this project.  Phase 2 consists of a total of 48 apartment units, comprised of 8 one bedroom units, 32 two bedroom units and 8 three bedroom units.  No date has been established for the preconstruction meeting for this second phase of the project.  

  1. Beaver Creek Park Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).   The Town, learned this past December that its’ third application for grant funding assistance, made under the State’s 2018 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to the State Economic Development Council, was not awarded.  The CFA grant application involved the construction of Phase 1 site improvements within the Beaver Creek Park site.   The estimated cost for these park improvements is 2 million dollars with the Town providing 1.5 million dollars and a request for state funds totaling half-a-million dollars.  The Town’s Engineers and Town Officials have now completed their evaluation

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of the desired site improvements contained in the Beaver Creek Park Master Plan including earthen berms and plantings to be located along the border of the park; construction of sidewalks, driveways and parking areas; construction of ball fields and play areas; and installation of utilities (e.g. public water, sewers and electrical service). 

To date a survey of the Beaver Creek Park Site has been completed and test holes have been conducted that identify the site’s soil conditions which will be addressed with the first phase of site improvements.  The Town Engineers have also prepared final site & utility plans and the Town Water & Sewer Department is coordinating these plans with the New York State Department of Health for water system approval.   Detail cost estimates have been prepared by the Town Engineers and will be discussed at next week’s public information meeting.

The Town Board will be holding that public information meeting on Thursday evening, February 21, 2019.  Notices have been sent to property owners within Auburn Meadows, The Estates at Beaver Creek and Monarch Manor.  This information meeting, which is open to all town residents, will be held at the Town Hall, on February 21, 2019 commencing at 7:00 p.m.  in the main meeting room. 

  1. Restroom Improvements at Town Parks.   The Town has received, from the State of New York, fully executed contract documents for the planned improvements to be made in 2019 to the public restrooms in both the Town Park (on County Road 8) and the Pumpkin Hook Park (on Allen Padgham Road).   Grant funds for these two projects were made available as the result of assistance obtained from State Senator Pamela Helming’s Office in Albany.   These restroom improvements are designed to meet handicap accessible standards that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In addition to the restroom improvements, the grant will also enable portions of new sidewalks to be installed for these facilities.                                                      
  2. Auburn Trail Grant Project.  Work on the 3 mile long hiking/biking trail, which is an extension to the State’s Regional Trails Network here in the Finger Lakes region, was stopped at the end of November.  The Trail is officially closed to the public at this time.  In the Spring, approximately May first, work on the remaining portions of this project will be authorized to start again and will be completed by May 15th.  

There are several portions of this project that remain to be completed.  One component involves the stone dust trail topping to be installed along a portion of the project between County Road 41 and State Route 332.  There are also portions of the trail where black top is to be installed, primarily between the main trail portion and the concrete sidewalk along State Route 332 near the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center.  Another unfinished portion of the project involves a short segment of concrete sidewalk along the south side of County Road 41, between New Michigan Road and the Auburn Trail crossing.  Work on this portion of the project

was delayed by RG&E when it was discovered by the contractor during sidewalk construction that a gas line was in the wrong location and needed to be relocated.    RG&E has notified the Town that they have now completed the necessary relocation of the gas main in this area.  This will permit the contractor to complete work on the sidewalk in this area, in the Spring.

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Other components of the project that to be completed in the Spring include a six vehicle parking lot facility for trail users, which is to be located on the trail alignment near the Ivory Drive crossing.  Another portion to be completed involves the trail segment between Town Line Road and the Ivory Drive crossing.                                                 

  1. Town Line Road Capital Improvement Project Design.  MRB Group, P.C., has submitted to the town highway superintendents, in both the towns of Canandaigua and Farmington, final design and construction cost estimates for the reconstruction of the section of the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road between State Route 332 and New Michigan Road.

The first phase of this highway’s capital improvement project includes installation of a new culvert crossing for Beaver Creek and the installation of a new water main and the widening of the shoulders for the future installation of sidewalks. The design plans for the water main installation in this portion of the overall highway improvement project have been approved by the New York State Department of Health.  The formal bid process will begin on Friday, January 18, 2019 and end on February  19, 2019.  This project includes the highway’s sub-base, culvert replacement, wing wall placement and limited fill/compaction.   A Public Informational Meeting on the first phase of this project is scheduled for February, 2019 at the Town Hall. 

In March, the two Towns (Canandaigua & Farmington) will set up message board signs along the Town Line Road notifying motorists of the pending road closure for the above described culvert replacement.  In April, the two Towns will start work to prepare the site for the contractor.  It is anticipated that the contractor will start work around June, 2019 and be completed in late August, or early September.  This portion of the Town Line Road is anticipated to be closed from April 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019.

The Town’s engineering firm is also working on preparing green infrastructure design components for the project.  The project will also include improvements to meet the requirements of the federally mandated “Complete Streets Act,” including sidewalks, bike lanes, widened travel pavement and pedestrian crossings along this section of the Town Line Road.  The towns of Canandaigua and Farmington have started work on obtaining easements from property owners located along this portion of the highway.   

Phase 2 of this highway improvement project involves the installation of a new water main to be constructed in early 2020, between Route 332 and Estate Drive.  Phase 3 involves the highway improvements during 2020, for the section of Town Line Road between New Michigan Road and Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way.  Phase 4, to be completed in 2021, involves the highway improvements between Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way and Stablegate Drive.   Phase 5, to be completed in 2022, involves the remaining section between Stablegate Drive and the right-of-way for State Route 332.  Both Towns are currently working on obtaining easements along this portion of the Town Line Road. 

  1. Brickyard Road Water Tank & Transmission.    The Town has been awarded a grant in the total amount of $3,614,400.00 to be used towards the construction of a new water storage tank on land owned by the Canandaigua/Farmington Water District, located along Brickyard & Yerkes Roads in the Town of Canandaigua.  The project also includes construction of a new 16-inch

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diameter water transmission main from the new water tank site into the Town of Farmington, at the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.   The total project cost is $9,036,000.00.

The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., and Canandaigua Town Officials continue to meet with a property owner in the Town of Canandaigua confirming the water line alignment along with an alignment for the construction of a new town road; and land necessary for the continuation of the Auburn Trail into and through the Town of Canandaigua connecting to the Ontario Pathways Trail located in the City of Canandaigua.  Once the alignments for these improvements have been determined, then the Town Engineers will have their wetland biologist continue the wetlands delineation to resolve the future town road and water main alignment around a large wetland area.  The next step involves preparing the draft easement map and description for the road, trail and transmission main. 

  1. Monarch Manor Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  A total of twenty (24) lots have been sold, occupied or are under construction with four (4) additional units under contract as of this report.  There are a total of forty (40) two-unit single-family structures within Section 1 of this project.   Section 1 will be connected to Beaver Creek Park via the pedestrian bridge crossing of Beaver Creek.   Later this spring, the Town understands that Section 2 of this project will be forthcoming for Planning Board approvals.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 6 S and 6 N.  Construction continues within these two sections of the overall subdivision tract.  Section 6S involves a total of six (6) lots to be located along Ackerman Way with access from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and Opal Drive.   Three of the five new lots, located within the Section 6S area, now identified as “The Cottages,” have homes under construction.  One of these units is now serving as the sales office for Ryan Homes which will continue to be used for the remaining sections of the Auburn Meadows Project.   The former sales office/home fronting on Ackerman Way has been

turned over to the property owner for occupancy.    

Section 6N involves a total of fifty-four (54) lots along Amber Drive, Marion Way, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive.  The twenty-first basement has been dug in this area and forms placed for the pouring of concrete walls for those units.  The base course paving of the remainder of Amber Drive, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive, public water lines and public sewer lines is now complete and this will enable the continued construction of homes over the winter months. In the Spring, sidewalks will be installed along portions of these new Town highways.  Ivory Drive has been extended to the Auburn Trail crossing and the intersection of the future Farmington Pointe highway.  Over the winter months, the Town Highway Department will be working on boxing out and adding materials for the continuation of Ivory Drive to connect with Carmens Way, thereby providing an alternate means of access to State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook Drive.    

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Section 9.  Site improvements (e.g. roads, drainage, water lines, sewer, sidewalks, etc.) are under construction within this section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract, located north of Section 6S which is located off from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The project involves a northern extension of Ackerman Way between Opal Drive and ending just north of Omega Drive.  Along the east side

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of Ackerman Way, the lots will back-up to portions of the dedicated Beaver Creek Parkland and the Auburn Trail Connector Project, the portion located between Ivory Drive Crossing and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The black top road base has been installed, thereby enabling the construction of new houses to occur over the winter months.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 7S and 8S.  An application for Final Subdivision Plat Approval has been submitted to the Town for these next two sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract.  Section 7S involves a total of 25 lots to be located along the easterly extension of Marion Way to Ackerman Way, from the intersection with Spartan Drive; and the connection of Jasper Drive, between Ackerman Way and Marion Way.  Section 8S involves a total of 31 lots to be located along both sides of Ackerman Way, between the Marion Way and Jasper Drive intersections.  The Planning Board will likely be considering taking action on these final plan drawings at their meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  Following signatures being affixed to the Final Plat drawings and the filing of the drawings in the Ontario County Clerk’s Office a preconstruction meeting will be scheduled this winter with construction to commence in the Spring.                   

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  Construction work continues within the Section 1 portion of the overall site. The first six two-unit townhouse dwellings have been constructed at this time and the basement, walls and roof is being installed for the seventh and eighth units.  One of the first two units is the model sales office for the project.  In addition, six more units have been sold and will soon be under construction.  This section of the project consists of 41 single-family townhouse dwelling units to be located on lots along both sides of a proposed east-west street, to be called Redfield Grove.  Redfield Grove is located west of Hook Road and opposite King Hill Drive.   The contractor has installed concrete gutters, sidewalks, street lights and has paved the binder course of black top for the first section of Redfield Drive.  The existing large yellow house located at the corner of Redfield Drive and Hook Road is also a part of Section 1 and is being renovated.   This dwelling is to be leased to a single-family.

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 2.  Final Subdivision/Site Plan drawings for this new section have been approved with conditions, by the Planning Board at their meeting on January 2, 2019.  Section 2 involves the construction of 35 single story two-unit townhouse dwellings, the redesign of the intersection of Redfield Drive and Commercial Drive intersection, and the redesign of the intersection of Commercial Drive with State Route 96.  A preconstruction meeting for the Phase 2 improvements will be scheduled for later this winter with site construction to commence this Spring.

  1. County Road 41 Rezoning (Hathaway’s Corners).   Site clearing is now complete and a preconstruction earth work is ongoing for this project.  A construction entrance road has been completed along State Route 332.  This entrance road location will become a new signalized

intersection along State Route 332.  The recent removal of the large trees located at the southwest corner of the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41 is also complete.    This portion of the site will become a large storm water control facility.  Details are currently               being worked out between the applicant’s engineer and the Town Water & Sewer Department    for relocating utilities outside of the area to be expanded for a right turn lane for east bound

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traffic on County Road 41 onto the southbound travel lane for State Route 332.    Over the winter months grading of this site will continue along with the installation of utilities, drainage      facilities and the boxing-out of the new streets.

The Planning Board, at their meeting on February 20, 2019 will be taking action to approve the detailed Final Subdivision Plat and Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 1 of this Project.  Phase 1 will consist of 42 single family detached lots and 151 residential townhouse dwelling units, of which 70 will be ranch style (or single story) and 72 will be two-story. 

  1. Hickory Rise Subdivision Tract, Section 4.  Earthwork and the installation of utilities and the new looped road, to be known as Tweed Trail, have been completed within this final section of the Hickory Rise Project.  There are a total of 43 lots to be located within Section 4, which will involve the extension of Tweed Trail to the east from Harlowe Lane.  These improvements will enable construction of new houses to commence over the winter months.

  1. American Equipment Maintenance Building.  American Properties of Western New York, LLC, continues their construction of a one story,  18,150 square foot building and related site improvements on property located along the east side of State Route 332 and the present American Equipment Building on Collett Road.   Steel beams are now being installed to be followed shortly by the enclosure of the building.  American Equipment is looking forward to opening their new building later this spring.

  1. Hathaway Drive Dentist’s Office.  Site construction has begun for a new dentist office that is to be located along the east side of Hathaway Drive, north of the Perez Drive and south of the Farmington On The Creek Apartment Project.  Weather permitting, the dentist is looking to opening his practice in late May, or early June, 2019.

21. Cerone Incentive Zoning Project – State Route 332 Opposite Farmbrook Drive – “Auburn              Junction.”   Site work continues for phase 1 of this Project which is now to be known as “Auburn           Junction.”  This phase includes construction of a two-story climate controlled self-storage facility     and a mini-warehouse operation that is to be located in the rear portion of the parcel, along               with the construction of a segment of a new Town road to be known as Carmens Way.   This             new road will, in 2019, connect to Ivory Drive which is located in Section 6N of the Auburn       Meadows Tract.  Carmens Way will then extend from the intersection of Ivory Drive in a south                     easterly direction to a new signalized intersection at State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook    Drive.  Phase 2 of the Project will commence once tenants have been determined for a small   commercial plaza and the two out-parcels (one of which is identified as a potential fast food      drive-through restaurant).  Last week, electric crews installed the new signal head for a four way      intersection. 

        Site landscaping continues, along with the construction of a two story climate controlled storage           building and related on-site parking improvements.  The one remaining part of the conditions of          approval for this project involves the transfers of lands between adjacent properties and the      Town.  Legal descriptions and maps of these transfers are being reviewed at this time by the    attorneys for the involved landowners.

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22.  America’s Best Value Inn Project.  A preconstruction meeting originally scheduled for the end of           January 2019 was canceled at the request of the developers for this project.  A new date for the              preconstruction meeting has not been scheduled at this time.  The former motel building which       was previously destroyed by fire will be reconstructed as a new motel along with renovations to      the existing motel building located upon the property. The site is located behind the Park Place               Restaurant along State Route 96.  DGA Builders have been hired to perform the work on this      project.  Site work is expected to commence later this year.

23. Taco Bell & Microtel Hotel Project.  The Taco Bell Restaurant opened to the public on Sunday, December 23, 2018.  The entrance to the KFC Restaurant site has been realigned as part of the Taco Bell site improvements.  Work is scheduled to commence on the Microtel next month and the remainder of the KFC parking area to be completed later this spring.                                                           

  1. Town Code Update.  Staff continue work on updating the various chapters of the Town Code which involve editing of the existing code and proposing amendments thereto.  This ongoing process will continue in 2019.  A number of chapters have been determined to need updating to comply with federal and state mandates that have been enacted since the Code was created.  An advisory committee has been established and will continue to work on this task with Town Staff.

  1. Empire Pipeline Project.  The project involves the construction of a 32,000 horsepower electric compressor station and related equipment on land located south of I-90 (New York State Thruway), east of Hook Road and north of the Town of Farmington Highway Complex.  Electric substation/transmission upgrades, to be located on the adjacent RG&E substation, are now being installed which will enhance electrical service reliability for local util­ity customers and for the pumping station operations.  Empire is working with the RG&E to develop an interconnect agreement. 

Other components of this project will include a shared access road with the Town which will become a paved dedicated Town Highway.  The decision to make this a dedicated highway, instead of having a separate driveway to the pumping station, promotes the Town’s policies for

farmland preservation as provided within its’ adopted Farmland Protection Plan.  This shared access road will also provide access improvements to the Town’s Salt Storage facilities and highway aggregate materials storage area.  The Town continues to work with the applicant to find a solution for a permanent roadway easement to allow the Town of Farmington to construct a second point of access, a non-dedicated town highway service road, from Collett Road near the railroad crossing to the Town Highway Campus property located on Hook Road. 

In the meantime, the project continues through the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) environmental review process which is part of the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) approval.  That process is expected to be completed later this spring.  The Attorney for the Project, along with the engineers working on the Project, met with and received Final Site Plan approval with conditions from the Town Planning Board on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  It is anticipated that work on this project will commence late next Summer and continue into 2020.

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26. 1600 Rochester Road Project.  The Town Planning Board, in April, will be preparing a report and recommendation to the Town Board for the rezoning of four (4) parcels of land, containing a total of 85.6 acres, from NB Neighborhood Business, GB General Business and RMF Residential Multi-Family to IZ Incentive Zoning.  The project, located along the west side of State Route 332, basically surrounds the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center on three sides.  It involves mixed retail uses, a small plaza, apartments, townhouses and an assisted living memory care facility.  The Town Planning Board report and recommendation to the Town Board will include recommendations contained in the proposed amendments to the Town of Farmington Public Sewer Service Master Plan.  That report, from the Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., has recently been completed on the sewer capacities in the area and identification of what improvements will be needed.

27.  RG&E Hook Road Substation Expansion Project.  Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), at the September 19th, Planning Board meeting, received approval for a revised site plan for the construction of battery back-up storage units on their property on Hook Road.  This project is being undertaken in cooperation with the Empire Gas Pumping Station Project described above in this report.  The installation of the battery storage units removes the need for construction of a larger and more intensive infrastructure and capital expense by RG&E.  It is a solu­tion to meet the increased demand for electricity from this substation. 

The project includes the installation of a 70-foot x 70-foot concrete pad for a total of 63 lithium bat­tery storage units, related inverters and transformers, and an eight-foot high security fence with one foot of barbed wire along the top and surrounding the facility. The electrical connection between the substation and the batteries will be underground.

The battery storage units will be installed in phases. The first phase of 37 batteries have now been installed.  This project is undertaken to meet the battery capacity mandates of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision Act.  An additional 35 batteries will be installed in the spring of 2019 and will meet the substation’s 10-year capacity need. The remaining batteries will be installed over the next 10 years to address reduced battery capacity as these units age.  The ancillary equipment includes an inverter to convert power from DC to AC, power converters, safety equipment, a transformer and switchgear. 

  1. Recreation Vehicle Sales & Service Project.  The Town’s Planning Board on November 7th granted Final Site Plan Approval for a new Recreation Vehicle Dealership (Meyer’s Finger Lakes RV) to be located on land at the northeast corner of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road (the former Heritage Motors site).  Meyer’s RV of Churchville, New York, continues to conduct business from within the existing structure and upon the small corner lot at the intersection of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road.  Site clearing is expected to commence next month

involving drainage improvements regulated under the State’s MS 4 Program; and construction of a new sales/repair building is expected to commence next spring.  The Town Board, at its’ meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 accepted a proposed letter of credit for site improvements and directed its’ filing with the Town Clerk’s Office.  Once this next step has been completed a preconstruction meeting will then be scheduled with an order to proceed with the site improvements following.

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  1. DOMA 332 Incentive Zoning Project.  The Town Board, at the April 24th, meeting received a request for amending the zoning for Lot R1-D of the Mercier Incentive Zoning Project; and for the rezoning of an adjacent 6.99 acre parcel of land located on the east side of State Route 332, between State Route 332 and Beaver Creek Road.  The rezoning request involves a total of approximately 22 acres of land, which is almost all of the land south of the KFC Restaurant extending south to the former Speedway Gas Station at the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41.   Among the amenities being proposed to the Town are: a new public road connecting between Beaver Creek Road and State Route 332 (opposite Mercier Boulevard); sidewalks along frontages of State Route 332, Beaver Creek and the proposed Town Road; over-sized water mains creating new looped water supplies in the area; and intersection improvements at State Route 332 and Mercier Boulevard.  The project, at this time, involves all commercial developments with no residential units being proposed.  The Town Planning Board is currently reviewing the proposed rezoning application and is awaiting a report from the Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., on the sewer capacities in the area and identification of what improvements, if any, will be needed.   Once that information has been provided, the Planning Board will be providing a report and recommendation to the Town Board later this spring.

  1. Oldcastle Lawn & Garden Project.  The Town Development Office has received a revised application for Final Site Plan Approval to enable outdoor storage of palletized landscaping products on a parcel of land located within the Town of Farmington and adjacent to the Village of Manchester.   The Planning Board, at the February 20th  meeting granted Final Site Plan approval with conditions.    

  1. Maddie’s Power Sports Project.  The Town Planning Board, at its meeting on February 6, 2019 received Final Site Plans for a 6,000 square foot building expansion and related site improvements at the former O’Neils Power Sports site, located at 6200 State Route 96.   The Planning Board directed a number of revisions be made to the drawings for consideration at their February 20th meeting.  The Planning Board granted Final Site Plan Approval with conditions on the 20th  .  Construction of the building addition and related site improvements is expected to get underway this Spring.

  1. Home Power Systems Project.  The Town Development Office, on January 16th, received Final Site Plans for a 10,000 square foot warehouse addition to Home Power System’s existing building and an additional 15 new on-site parking spaces to their property located on the east side of Corporate Drive East; and re-subdivision of their land into two (2) lots (R-6A and R-6B) with Lot R-6B to remain vacant at this time.    The Planning Board granted Preliminary Subdivision and Site Plan Approval for these applications at their February 20th meeting.

  1. Comprehensive Plan Update.  The Town, later this summer, will commence the update to the 2011 Edition of the adopted Town of Farmington Comprehensive Plan.    A Committee will be established by the Town Board to guide the revisions to the existing document.  Following the Committee’s work there will be public hearings on the proposed changes, along with a referral to the Ontario County Planning Board for its review and recommendation under the provisions of the New York State General Municipal Law. 

Memorandum

TO:            Farmington Town Board, Town Public Works and Town Operations                                           Committees Report

FROM:      Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development     Ronald L. Brand

DATE:      February 12, 2019

RE:            Report to Town Public Works and Town Operations for Town Board Meeting on                                    Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

I have the following items to report for this week’s Town Board Meeting:

Town Board Resolutions (3)

  1. Resolution classifying the Fairdale Glen Pumping Station PS2 Capital Improvement Project as a Type II Action under Parts 617.4 and 617.5 of article 8 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law, the State’s Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Regulations.

  1. Resolution authorizing the advertising for public bidding for the reconstruction of the Hook Road and Curran Road Intersection Improvements 2018 Project to commence on Friday, February 15, 2019 and to end with formal bid opening at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

  1. Resolution designating Lead Agency status under the provisions of article 8 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law, Part 617, State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Regulations, for the Collett Road Land Acquisition Project; and making a determination of non-significance thereon.

Town Projects Update

  1. Delaware River Solar Project.  The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on January 16, 2019 continued the three (3) public hearings upon applications for a special use permit, preliminary site plan approval and preliminary subdivision plat approval, to construct a 35 acre commercial solar farm upon lands located south of Fox Road and west of Yellow Mills Road.  The project

involves the creation of four parcels of land containing a total of 135 acres of land.  Of this total, approximately 35 acres is being proposed for the installation of 21,000 solar panels upon three large solar arrays.  The property is located within the Ontario County Consolidated Agricultural Use District #1 and is being actively farmed. 

The Planning Board’s continuation of these three applications is based upon the lack of information that was previously requested to be provided as part of the Notice of Intent (NOI) process that is required by the State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets whenever a

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public agency, such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA), has been identified as providing public funds for a project located on active farmland and within an established County Agricultural Use District.  The Town received notice last Wednesday morning, from staff at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) that at that time no NOI had been submitted for review.  NYSDAM also

advised the Town that the NOI process, once a complete application had been accepted, would take approximately 75 days to complete.  Based upon this information, the Planning Board has continued the public hearings to April 17, 2019.  Once the Planning Board determines that it has enough information to make an informed determination of significance, then the Planning Board must next complete and accept Parts 2 and 3 of the Full SEQR Environmental Assessment Form.  Until that point in time, no other decisions may be made upon these pending applications; or, upon the related area variances that are pending before the Town Zoning Board of Appeals.

On Monday, January 28th, the Zoning Board of Appeals convened the continued four public hearings upon requests for area variances which began at their December 17, 2018 meeting.    The Zoning Board of Appeals at their meeting on the 28th, voted to continue the public hearings upon the pending four area variances to their April 22, 2019 meeting.

  1. Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Application.  On August 16, 2018 the Town Board submitted an application to the New York State Department of Transportation for grant money under the Federal Highway Administration’s TAP.  The grant would enable the installation of sidewalks where currently there are no sidewalks located within developed sites:  along both sides of State Route 96; the south side of Elizabeth Way;  the east side of Mertensia Road;  the west side of Beaver Creek Road;  the north side of County Road 41, between Beaver Creek Road and State Route 332;  and the south side of County Road 41 between the Auburn Trail crossing and the existing sidewalks along the west side of State Route 332, all of which are located within the hamlet of Farmington.   The total estimated cost of these improvements is $ 1,540,000.00 with the Town proposing a 30% local match of $ 462,000.00.

The total length of proposed sidewalk improvements is approximately 13,300 lineal feet of five foot wide concrete sidewalks.  The project also includes the installation of 20 ADA curbs/ramps, 8 pedestrian crossing signals, and 2 solar powered flashing pedestrian crossing signs.   The Town has received numerous letters of support from local businesses and residents, as well as from political leaders at the federal, state, county levels of government and local school districts.  The State had promised the announcement of TAP Grant awards this fall.  According to the most recent information received from the State Department of Transportation it will likely be February, 2019 before any decisions are made on these grant applications.

  1. Farmington Market Center.  The Town Board, at their meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 received a presentation on proposed plans to develop approximately 18 acres of land located on the south side of State Route 96, east of the Mertensia Road intersection.  Michael Montalto, Project Manager, Costich Engineering, on behalf of the current owners of the former Wades Plaza Site presented plans for the development of the former Wades Property which is now to become known as the Farmington Market Center Project.  The applicant is proposing four out-parcels to be developed.  One parcel will be occupied by a new Mavis Tire store; a second parcel

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to be occupied by a new branch of Canandaigua National Bank; a third parcel to be used for a Tops Gasoline self-service station; and the fourth parcel to be developed as some type of commercial use, perhaps a restaurant.   The formal IZ rezoning process will involve a public hearing, a detailed site plan for the proposed new development of the site and a list of requested zoning incentives by the applicant in exchange for proposed site amenities being provided by the applicants. 

The Town Planning Board, at their February 6th meeting, received a formal presentation on the proposed rezoning along with a request from the Town Board for a formal report and recommendation on the proposed site amenities and requested zoning incentives.  The Planning Board, at their February 20th meeting, anticipates completing their review and making a formal recommendation to the Town Board.   If the Town Board decides at their meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 to consider the requested rezoning then the County Planning Board will review the proposal in March and the Town Board will likely schedule a public hearing for Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

  1. Farmington Gardens Phase II Project.   The name of this project is now known as “Farmington On The Creek.”  A total of nine (9) Certificates of Occupancy have been issued for buildings in this project.  One (1) Community Center Building;  two (2) storage buildings; and six (6) 8-unit buildings containing one and two-bedroom apartment units. This month,  a number of three-bedroom apartment units are scheduled for occupancy.  There is already a waiting list for the three-bedroom apartments.   Over the winter months work will continue on the remaining units and storage buildings with project’s completion anticipated next Spring.

  1. Conifer Realty Pintail Crossing Apartment Project.  Construction continues on phase 1 of this 112 unit apartment project on land located south of Quentonshire Drive, between County Road 41 and the Farmbrook Neighborhood.  A total of 64 apartment units are included in phase 1 of this project.   The existing paved section of Quentonshire Drive, the section from County Road 41 south (which was not originally constructed to Town Highway Standards) has now been reconstructed to Town standards and paved in anticipation for dedication of this former driveway as a new Town Highway.  The applicants will soon be requesting Certificates of Occupancy for these 64 units plus the Project’s Community Center.  Final details are being coordinated with the applicant for dedication of all related site improvements and easements.

In addition to the work nearing completion in Phase 1, the Town has now signed Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 2 of this project.  Phase 2 consists of a total of 48 apartment units, comprised of 8 one bedroom units, 32 two bedroom units and 8 three bedroom units.  No date has been established for the preconstruction meeting for this second phase of the project.  

  1. Beaver Creek Park Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).   The Town, learned this past December that its’ third application for grant funding assistance, made under the State’s 2018 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to the State Economic Development Council, was not awarded.  The CFA grant application involved the construction of Phase 1 site improvements within the Beaver Creek Park site.   The estimated cost for these park improvements is 2 million dollars with the Town providing 1.5 million dollars and a request for state funds totaling half-a-million dollars.  The Town’s Engineers and Town Officials have now completed their evaluation

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of the desired site improvements contained in the Beaver Creek Park Master Plan including earthen berms and plantings to be located along the border of the park; construction of sidewalks, driveways and parking areas; construction of ball fields and play areas; and installation of utilities (e.g. public water, sewers and electrical service). 

To date a survey of the Beaver Creek Park Site has been completed and test holes have been conducted that identify the site’s soil conditions which will be addressed with the first phase of site improvements.  The Town Engineers have also prepared final site & utility plans and the Town Water & Sewer Department is coordinating these plans with the New York State Department of Health for water system approval.   Detail cost estimates have been prepared by the Town Engineers and will be discussed at next week’s public information meeting.

The Town Board will be holding that public information meeting on Thursday evening, February 21, 2019.  Notices have been sent to property owners within Auburn Meadows, The Estates at Beaver Creek and Monarch Manor.  This information meeting, which is open to all town residents, will be held at the Town Hall, on February 21, 2019 commencing at 7:00 p.m.  in the main meeting room. 

  1. Restroom Improvements at Town Parks.   The Town has received, from the State of New York, fully executed contract documents for the planned improvements to be made in 2019 to the public restrooms in both the Town Park (on County Road 8) and the Pumpkin Hook Park (on Allen Padgham Road).   Grant funds for these two projects were made available as the result of assistance obtained from State Senator Pamela Helming’s Office in Albany.   These restroom improvements are designed to meet handicap accessible standards that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In addition to the restroom improvements, the grant will also enable portions of new sidewalks to be installed for these facilities.                                                      
  2. Auburn Trail Grant Project.  Work on the 3 mile long hiking/biking trail, which is an extension to the State’s Regional Trails Network here in the Finger Lakes region, was stopped at the end of November.  The Trail is officially closed to the public at this time.  In the Spring, approximately May first, work on the remaining portions of this project will be authorized to start again and will be completed by May 15th.  

There are several portions of this project that remain to be completed.  One component involves the stone dust trail topping to be installed along a portion of the project between County Road 41 and State Route 332.  There are also portions of the trail where black top is to be installed, primarily between the main trail portion and the concrete sidewalk along State Route 332 near the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center.  Another unfinished portion of the project involves a short segment of concrete sidewalk along the south side of County Road 41, between New Michigan Road and the Auburn Trail crossing.  Work on this portion of the project

was delayed by RG&E when it was discovered by the contractor during sidewalk construction that a gas line was in the wrong location and needed to be relocated.    RG&E has notified the Town that they have now completed the necessary relocation of the gas main in this area.  This will permit the contractor to complete work on the sidewalk in this area, in the Spring.

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Other components of the project that to be completed in the Spring include a six vehicle parking lot facility for trail users, which is to be located on the trail alignment near the Ivory Drive crossing.  Another portion to be completed involves the trail segment between Town Line Road and the Ivory Drive crossing.                                                 

  1. Town Line Road Capital Improvement Project Design.  MRB Group, P.C., has submitted to the town highway superintendents, in both the towns of Canandaigua and Farmington, final design and construction cost estimates for the reconstruction of the section of the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road between State Route 332 and New Michigan Road.

The first phase of this highway’s capital improvement project includes installation of a new culvert crossing for Beaver Creek and the installation of a new water main and the widening of the shoulders for the future installation of sidewalks. The design plans for the water main installation in this portion of the overall highway improvement project have been approved by the New York State Department of Health.  The formal bid process will begin on Friday, January 18, 2019 and end on February  19, 2019.  This project includes the highway’s sub-base, culvert replacement, wing wall placement and limited fill/compaction.   A Public Informational Meeting on the first phase of this project is scheduled for February, 2019 at the Town Hall. 

In March, the two Towns (Canandaigua & Farmington) will set up message board signs along the Town Line Road notifying motorists of the pending road closure for the above described culvert replacement.  In April, the two Towns will start work to prepare the site for the contractor.  It is anticipated that the contractor will start work around June, 2019 and be completed in late August, or early September.  This portion of the Town Line Road is anticipated to be closed from April 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019.

The Town’s engineering firm is also working on preparing green infrastructure design components for the project.  The project will also include improvements to meet the requirements of the federally mandated “Complete Streets Act,” including sidewalks, bike lanes, widened travel pavement and pedestrian crossings along this section of the Town Line Road.  The towns of Canandaigua and Farmington have started work on obtaining easements from property owners located along this portion of the highway.   

Phase 2 of this highway improvement project involves the installation of a new water main to be constructed in early 2020, between Route 332 and Estate Drive.  Phase 3 involves the highway improvements during 2020, for the section of Town Line Road between New Michigan Road and Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way.  Phase 4, to be completed in 2021, involves the highway improvements between Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way and Stablegate Drive.   Phase 5, to be completed in 2022, involves the remaining section between Stablegate Drive and the right-of-way for State Route 332.  Both Towns are currently working on obtaining easements along this portion of the Town Line Road. 

  1. Brickyard Road Water Tank & Transmission.    The Town has been awarded a grant in the total amount of $3,614,400.00 to be used towards the construction of a new water storage tank on land owned by the Canandaigua/Farmington Water District, located along Brickyard & Yerkes Roads in the Town of Canandaigua.  The project also includes construction of a new 16-inch

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diameter water transmission main from the new water tank site into the Town of Farmington, at the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.   The total project cost is $9,036,000.00.

The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., and Canandaigua Town Officials continue to meet with a property owner in the Town of Canandaigua confirming the water line alignment along with an alignment for the construction of a new town road; and land necessary for the continuation of the Auburn Trail into and through the Town of Canandaigua connecting to the Ontario Pathways Trail located in the City of Canandaigua.  Once the alignments for these improvements have been determined, then the Town Engineers will have their wetland biologist continue the wetlands delineation to resolve the future town road and water main alignment around a large wetland area.  The next step involves preparing the draft easement map and description for the road, trail and transmission main. 

  1. Monarch Manor Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  A total of twenty (24) lots have been sold, occupied or are under construction with four (4) additional units under contract as of this report.  There are a total of forty (40) two-unit single-family structures within Section 1 of this project.   Section 1 will be connected to Beaver Creek Park via the pedestrian bridge crossing of Beaver Creek.   Later this spring, the Town understands that Section 2 of this project will be forthcoming for Planning Board approvals.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 6 S and 6 N.  Construction continues within these two sections of the overall subdivision tract.  Section 6S involves a total of six (6) lots to be located along Ackerman Way with access from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and Opal Drive.   Three of the five new lots, located within the Section 6S area, now identified as “The Cottages,” have homes under construction.  One of these units is now serving as the sales office for Ryan Homes which will continue to be used for the remaining sections of the Auburn Meadows Project.   The former sales office/home fronting on Ackerman Way has been

turned over to the property owner for occupancy.    

Section 6N involves a total of fifty-four (54) lots along Amber Drive, Marion Way, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive.  The twenty-first basement has been dug in this area and forms placed for the pouring of concrete walls for those units.  The base course paving of the remainder of Amber Drive, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive, public water lines and public sewer lines is now complete and this will enable the continued construction of homes over the winter months. In the Spring, sidewalks will be installed along portions of these new Town highways.  Ivory Drive has been extended to the Auburn Trail crossing and the intersection of the future Farmington Pointe highway.  Over the winter months, the Town Highway Department will be working on boxing out and adding materials for the continuation of Ivory Drive to connect with Carmens Way, thereby providing an alternate means of access to State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook Drive.    

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Section 9.  Site improvements (e.g. roads, drainage, water lines, sewer, sidewalks, etc.) are under construction within this section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract, located north of Section 6S which is located off from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The project involves a northern extension of Ackerman Way between Opal Drive and ending just north of Omega Drive.  Along the east side

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of Ackerman Way, the lots will back-up to portions of the dedicated Beaver Creek Parkland and the Auburn Trail Connector Project, the portion located between Ivory Drive Crossing and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The black top road base has been installed, thereby enabling the construction of new houses to occur over the winter months.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 7S and 8S.  An application for Final Subdivision Plat Approval has been submitted to the Town for these next two sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract.  Section 7S involves a total of 25 lots to be located along the easterly extension of Marion Way to Ackerman Way, from the intersection with Spartan Drive; and the connection of Jasper Drive, between Ackerman Way and Marion Way.  Section 8S involves a total of 31 lots to be located along both sides of Ackerman Way, between the Marion Way and Jasper Drive intersections.  The Planning Board will likely be considering taking action on these final plan drawings at their meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  Following signatures being affixed to the Final Plat drawings and the filing of the drawings in the Ontario County Clerk’s Office a preconstruction meeting will be scheduled this winter with construction to commence in the Spring.                   

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  Construction work continues within the Section 1 portion of the overall site. The first six two-unit townhouse dwellings have been constructed at this time and the basement, walls and roof is being installed for the seventh and eighth units.  One of the first two units is the model sales office for the project.  In addition, six more units have been sold and will soon be under construction.  This section of the project consists of 41 single-family townhouse dwelling units to be located on lots along both sides of a proposed east-west street, to be called Redfield Grove.  Redfield Grove is located west of Hook Road and opposite King Hill Drive.   The contractor has installed concrete gutters, sidewalks, street lights and has paved the binder course of black top for the first section of Redfield Drive.  The existing large yellow house located at the corner of Redfield Drive and Hook Road is also a part of Section 1 and is being renovated.   This dwelling is to be leased to a single-family.

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 2.  Final Subdivision/Site Plan drawings for this new section have been approved with conditions, by the Planning Board at their meeting on January 2, 2019.  Section 2 involves the construction of 35 single story two-unit townhouse dwellings, the redesign of the intersection of Redfield Drive and Commercial Drive intersection, and the redesign of the intersection of Commercial Drive with State Route 96.  A preconstruction meeting for the Phase 2 improvements will be scheduled for later this winter with site construction to commence this Spring.

  1. County Road 41 Rezoning (Hathaway’s Corners).   Site clearing is now complete and a preconstruction earth work is ongoing for this project.  A construction entrance road has been completed along State Route 332.  This entrance road location will become a new signalized

intersection along State Route 332.  The recent removal of the large trees located at the southwest corner of the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41 is also complete.    This portion of the site will become a large storm water control facility.  Details are currently               being worked out between the applicant’s engineer and the Town Water & Sewer Department    for relocating utilities outside of the area to be expanded for a right turn lane for east bound

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traffic on County Road 41 onto the southbound travel lane for State Route 332.    Over the winter months grading of this site will continue along with the installation of utilities, drainage      facilities and the boxing-out of the new streets.

The Planning Board, at their meeting on February 20, 2019 will be taking action to approve the detailed Final Subdivision Plat and Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 1 of this Project.  Phase 1 will consist of 42 single family detached lots and 151 residential townhouse dwelling units, of which 70 will be ranch style (or single story) and 72 will be two-story. 

  1. Hickory Rise Subdivision Tract, Section 4.  Earthwork and the installation of utilities and the new looped road, to be known as Tweed Trail, have been completed within this final section of the Hickory Rise Project.  There are a total of 43 lots to be located within Section 4, which will involve the extension of Tweed Trail to the east from Harlowe Lane.  These improvements will enable construction of new houses to commence over the winter months.

  1. American Equipment Maintenance Building.  American Properties of Western New York, LLC, continues their construction of a one story,  18,150 square foot building and related site improvements on property located along the east side of State Route 332 and the present American Equipment Building on Collett Road.   Steel beams are now being installed to be followed shortly by the enclosure of the building.  American Equipment is looking forward to opening their new building later this spring.

  1. Hathaway Drive Dentist’s Office.  Site construction has begun for a new dentist office that is to be located along the east side of Hathaway Drive, north of the Perez Drive and south of the Farmington On The Creek Apartment Project.  Weather permitting, the dentist is looking to opening his practice in late May, or early June, 2019.

21. Cerone Incentive Zoning Project – State Route 332 Opposite Farmbrook Drive – “Auburn              Junction.”   Site work continues for phase 1 of this Project which is now to be known as “Auburn           Junction.”  This phase includes construction of a two-story climate controlled self-storage facility     and a mini-warehouse operation that is to be located in the rear portion of the parcel, along               with the construction of a segment of a new Town road to be known as Carmens Way.   This             new road will, in 2019, connect to Ivory Drive which is located in Section 6N of the Auburn       Meadows Tract.  Carmens Way will then extend from the intersection of Ivory Drive in a south                     easterly direction to a new signalized intersection at State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook    Drive.  Phase 2 of the Project will commence once tenants have been determined for a small   commercial plaza and the two out-parcels (one of which is identified as a potential fast food      drive-through restaurant).  Last week, electric crews installed the new signal head for a four way      intersection. 

        Site landscaping continues, along with the construction of a two story climate controlled storage           building and related on-site parking improvements.  The one remaining part of the conditions of          approval for this project involves the transfers of lands between adjacent properties and the      Town.  Legal descriptions and maps of these transfers are being reviewed at this time by the    attorneys for the involved landowners.

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22.  America’s Best Value Inn Project.  A preconstruction meeting originally scheduled for the end of           January 2019 was canceled at the request of the developers for this project.  A new date for the              preconstruction meeting has not been scheduled at this time.  The former motel building which       was previously destroyed by fire will be reconstructed as a new motel along with renovations to      the existing motel building located upon the property. The site is located behind the Park Place               Restaurant along State Route 96.  DGA Builders have been hired to perform the work on this      project.  Site work is expected to commence later this year.

23. Taco Bell & Microtel Hotel Project.  The Taco Bell Restaurant opened to the public on Sunday, December 23, 2018.  The entrance to the KFC Restaurant site has been realigned as part of the Taco Bell site improvements.  Work is scheduled to commence on the Microtel next month and the remainder of the KFC parking area to be completed later this spring.                                                           

  1. Town Code Update.  Staff continue work on updating the various chapters of the Town Code which involve editing of the existing code and proposing amendments thereto.  This ongoing process will continue in 2019.  A number of chapters have been determined to need updating to comply with federal and state mandates that have been enacted since the Code was created.  An advisory committee has been established and will continue to work on this task with Town Staff.

  1. Empire Pipeline Project.  The project involves the construction of a 32,000 horsepower electric compressor station and related equipment on land located south of I-90 (New York State Thruway), east of Hook Road and north of the Town of Farmington Highway Complex.  Electric substation/transmission upgrades, to be located on the adjacent RG&E substation, are now being installed which will enhance electrical service reliability for local util­ity customers and for the pumping station operations.  Empire is working with the RG&E to develop an interconnect agreement. 

Other components of this project will include a shared access road with the Town which will become a paved dedicated Town Highway.  The decision to make this a dedicated highway, instead of having a separate driveway to the pumping station, promotes the Town’s policies for

farmland preservation as provided within its’ adopted Farmland Protection Plan.  This shared access road will also provide access improvements to the Town’s Salt Storage facilities and highway aggregate materials storage area.  The Town continues to work with the applicant to find a solution for a permanent roadway easement to allow the Town of Farmington to construct a second point of access, a non-dedicated town highway service road, from Collett Road near the railroad crossing to the Town Highway Campus property located on Hook Road. 

In the meantime, the project continues through the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) environmental review process which is part of the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) approval.  That process is expected to be completed later this spring.  The Attorney for the Project, along with the engineers working on the Project, met with and received Final Site Plan approval with conditions from the Town Planning Board on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  It is anticipated that work on this project will commence late next Summer and continue into 2020.

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26. 1600 Rochester Road Project.  The Town Planning Board, in April, will be preparing a report and recommendation to the Town Board for the rezoning of four (4) parcels of land, containing a total of 85.6 acres, from NB Neighborhood Business, GB General Business and RMF Residential Multi-Family to IZ Incentive Zoning.  The project, located along the west side of State Route 332, basically surrounds the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center on three sides.  It involves mixed retail uses, a small plaza, apartments, townhouses and an assisted living memory care facility.  The Town Planning Board report and recommendation to the Town Board will include recommendations contained in the proposed amendments to the Town of Farmington Public Sewer Service Master Plan.  That report, from the Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., has recently been completed on the sewer capacities in the area and identification of what improvements will be needed.

27.  RG&E Hook Road Substation Expansion Project.  Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), at the September 19th, Planning Board meeting, received approval for a revised site plan for the construction of battery back-up storage units on their property on Hook Road.  This project is being undertaken in cooperation with the Empire Gas Pumping Station Project described above in this report.  The installation of the battery storage units removes the need for construction of a larger and more intensive infrastructure and capital expense by RG&E.  It is a solu­tion to meet the increased demand for electricity from this substation. 

The project includes the installation of a 70-foot x 70-foot concrete pad for a total of 63 lithium bat­tery storage units, related inverters and transformers, and an eight-foot high security fence with one foot of barbed wire along the top and surrounding the facility. The electrical connection between the substation and the batteries will be underground.

The battery storage units will be installed in phases. The first phase of 37 batteries have now been installed.  This project is undertaken to meet the battery capacity mandates of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision Act.  An additional 35 batteries will be installed in the spring of 2019 and will meet the substation’s 10-year capacity need. The remaining batteries will be installed over the next 10 years to address reduced battery capacity as these units age.  The ancillary equipment includes an inverter to convert power from DC to AC, power converters, safety equipment, a transformer and switchgear. 

  1. Recreation Vehicle Sales & Service Project.  The Town’s Planning Board on November 7th granted Final Site Plan Approval for a new Recreation Vehicle Dealership (Meyer’s Finger Lakes RV) to be located on land at the northeast corner of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road (the former Heritage Motors site).  Meyer’s RV of Churchville, New York, continues to conduct business from within the existing structure and upon the small corner lot at the intersection of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road.  Site clearing is expected to commence next month

involving drainage improvements regulated under the State’s MS 4 Program; and construction of a new sales/repair building is expected to commence next spring.  The Town Board, at its’ meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 accepted a proposed letter of credit for site improvements and directed its’ filing with the Town Clerk’s Office.  Once this next step has been completed a preconstruction meeting will then be scheduled with an order to proceed with the site improvements following.

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  1. DOMA 332 Incentive Zoning Project.  The Town Board, at the April 24th, meeting received a request for amending the zoning for Lot R1-D of the Mercier Incentive Zoning Project; and for the rezoning of an adjacent 6.99 acre parcel of land located on the east side of State Route 332, between State Route 332 and Beaver Creek Road.  The rezoning request involves a total of approximately 22 acres of land, which is almost all of the land south of the KFC Restaurant extending south to the former Speedway Gas Station at the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41.   Among the amenities being proposed to the Town are: a new public road connecting between Beaver Creek Road and State Route 332 (opposite Mercier Boulevard); sidewalks along frontages of State Route 332, Beaver Creek and the proposed Town Road; over-sized water mains creating new looped water supplies in the area; and intersection improvements at State Route 332 and Mercier Boulevard.  The project, at this time, involves all commercial developments with no residential units being proposed.  The Town Planning Board is currently reviewing the proposed rezoning application and is awaiting a report from the Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., on the sewer capacities in the area and identification of what improvements, if any, will be needed.   Once that information has been provided, the Planning Board will be providing a report and recommendation to the Town Board later this spring.

  1. Oldcastle Lawn & Garden Project.  The Town Development Office has received a revised application for Final Site Plan Approval to enable outdoor storage of palletized landscaping products on a parcel of land located within the Town of Farmington and adjacent to the Village of Manchester.   The Planning Board, at the February 20th  meeting will consider Final Site Plan approval with conditions.    

  1. Maddie’s Power Sports Project.  The Town Planning Board, at its meeting on February 6, 2019 received Final Site Plans for a 6,000 square foot building expansion and related site improvements at the former O’Neils Power Sports site, located at 6200 State Route 96.   The Planning Board directed a number of revisions be made to the drawings for consideration at their February 20th meeting.  If Final Site Plan Approval is granted on the 20th, then construction of the building addition and related site improvements is expected to get underway this Spring.

  1. Home Power Systems Project.  The Town Development Office, on January 16th, received Final Site Plans for a 10,000 square foot warehouse addition to Home Power System’s existing building and an additional 15 new on-site parking spaces to their property located on the east side of Corporate Drive East; and re-subdivision of their land into two (2) lots (R-6A and R-6B) with Lot R-6B to remain vacant at this time.    The Planning Board is expected to consider acting upon this application at their February 20th meeting.

  1. Comprehensive Plan Update.  The Town, later this summer, will commence the update to the 2011 Edition of the adopted Town of Farmington Comprehensive Plan.    A Committee will be established by the Town Board to guide the revisions to the existing document.  Following the Committee’s work there will be public hearings on the proposed changes, along with a referral to the Ontario County Planning Board for its review and recommendation under the provisions of the New York State General Municipal Law. 

Memorandum

TO:            Farmington Town Board, Town Public Works and Town Operations                                           Committees Report

FROM:      Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development     Ronald L. Brand

DATE:      January 22, 2019

RE:            Report to Town Public Works and Town Operations for Town Board Meeting on                                    Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

I have the following items to report for this week’s Town Board Meeting:

Town Board Resolutions (5)

  1. Resolution authorizing  the acceptance of the request for a partial release of funds, Release #3, from the Letter of Credit for site improvements Route 332, MIII Incentive Zoning Project, Phase I, in the total amount of $121,923.40.

  1. Resolution authorizing acceptance of a letter of credit for approved site improvements at the Meyer’s RV Superstores of Farmington site, 6186 and 6200 State Route 96, in the total amount of $357,134.72.

  1. Resolution requesting a report and recommendation from the Town Planning Board regarding petition to rezone three parcels of land (Tax Maps #-29.00-01-39; 29.00-01-40 and 29.00-01-41.1) which comprise a total of 18.3 acres of land from GB General Business to IZ Incentive Zoning for development of the Farmington Market Center Incentive Zoning Project.

  1. Resolution accepting a two-year maintenance bond for site improvements in Phase 1 of the Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning Project; and requiring an additional two-year maintenance bond to be provided for work now complete in Phase 1.

  1. Resolution authorizing granting of a Temporary Access Easement to Empire Pipeline, Inc., on town-owned land across the northern portion of the Town Highway Campus site, 985 Hook Road.

Town Projects Update

  1. Delaware River Solar Project.  The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on January 16, 2019 continued the three (3) public hearings upon applications for a special use permit, preliminary site plan approval and preliminary subdivision plat approval, to construct a 35 acre commercial solar farm upon lands located south of Fox Road and west of Yellow Mills Road.  The project

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involves the creation of four parcels of land containing a total of 135 acres of land.  Of this total, approximately 35 acres is being proposed for the installation of 21,000 solar panels upon three large solar arrays.  The property is located within the Ontario County Consolidated Agricultural Use District #1 and is being actively farmed. 

The Planning Board’s continuation of these three applications is based upon the lack of information that was previously requested to be provided as part of the Notice of Intent (NOI) process that is required by the State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets whenever a public agency, such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA), has been identified as providing public funds for a project located on active farmland and within an established County Agricultural Use District.  The Town received notice last Wednesday morning, from staff at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) that at that time no NOI had been submitted for review.  NYSDAM also advised the Town that the NOI process, once a complete application had been accepted, would take approximately 75 days to complete.  Based upon this information, the Planning Board has continued the public hearings to April 17, 2019.  Once the Planning Board determines that it has enough information to make an informed determination of significance, then the Planning Board must next complete and accept Parts 2 and 3 of the Full SEQR Environmental Assessment Form.  Until that point in time, no other decisions may be made upon these pending applications; or, upon the related area variances that are pending before the Town Zoning Board of Appeals.

On Monday, January 28th, the Zoning Board of Appeals will reconvene the continued four public hearings upon requests for area variances which began at their December 17, 2018 meeting.    The Zoning Board of Appeals at their meeting on the 28th, will have to again vote to continue the public hearings upon the pending four area variances to the their April 22, 2019 meeting.

  1. Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Application.  On August 16, 2018 the Town Board submitted an application to the New York State Department of Transportation for grant money under the Federal Highway Administration’s TAP.  The grant would enable the installation of sidewalks where currently there are no sidewalks located within developed sites:  along both sides of State Route 96; the south side of Elizabeth Way;  the east side of Mertensia Road;  the west side of Beaver Creek Road;  the north side of County Road 41, between Beaver Creek Road and State Route 332;  and the south side of County Road 41 between the Auburn Trail crossing and the existing sidewalks along the west side of State Route 332, all of which are located within the hamlet of Farmington.   The total estimated cost of these improvements is $ 1,540,000.00 with the Town proposing a 30% local match of $ 462,000.00.

The total length of proposed sidewalk improvements is approximately 13,300 lineal feet of five foot wide concrete sidewalks.  The project also includes the installation of 20 ADA curbs/ramps, 8 pedestrian crossing signals, and 2 solar powered flashing pedestrian crossing signs.   The Town has received numerous letters of support from local businesses and residents, as well as from political leaders at the federal, state, county levels of government and local school districts.  The State had promised the announcement of TAP Grant awards this fall.  According to the most recent information received from the State Department of Transportation it will likely be February, 2019 before any decisions are made on these grant applications.

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  1. Farmington Market Center.  The Town Board, at their meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 received a presentation on proposed plans to develop approximately 18 acres of land located on the south side of State Route 96, east of the Mertensia Road intersection.  Michael Montalto, Project Manager, Costich Engineering, on behalf of the current owners of the former Wades Plaza Site presented plans for the development of the former Wades Property which is now to become known as the Farmington Market Center Project.  The applicant is proposing four out-parcels to be developed.  One parcel will be occupied by a new Mavis Tire store; a second parcel to be occupied by a new branch of Canandaigua National Bank; a third parcel to be used for a Tops Gasoline self-service station; and the fourth parcel to be developed as some type of commercial use, perhaps a restaurant.   The formal IZ rezoning process will involve a public hearing, a detailed site plan for the proposed new development of the site and a list of requested zoning incentives by the applicant in exchange for proposed site amenities being provided by the applicants. 

The Town Planning Board will next review the request at their February 6th meeting and make a report and recommendation to the Town Board on the proposed site amenities and requested zoning incentives.  If the Town Board decides at their meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 to consider the requested rezoning then the County Planning Board will review the proposal in March and the Town Board will likely schedule a public hearing for Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

  1. Farmington Gardens Phase II Project.   The name of this project is now known as “Farmington On The Creek.”  A total of twenty-four (24) one and two-bedroom apartment units are now occupied along with on-site storage buildings for these units.  In February, a number of three-bedroom apartment units are scheduled for occupancy.  There is already a waiting list for the three-bedroom apartments.   The Community Center Building for the project has also been issued a Certificate of Occupancy.  Over the winter months work will continue on the remaining units and storage buildings with project’s completion anticipated next Spring.

  1. Conifer Realty Pintail Crossing Apartment Project.  Construction continues on phase 1 of this 112 unit apartment project located on land located south of Quentonshire Drive, between County Road 41 and the Farmbrook Neighborhood.  A total of 64 apartment units are included in phase 1 of this project.   The existing paved section of Quentonshire Drive, the section from County Road 41 south (which was not originally constructed to Town Highway Standards) has been reconstructed to Town standards and paved in anticipation for dedication of this former driveway as a new Town Highway.  The applicants will soon be requesting Certificates of Occupancy for these 64 units plus the Project’s Community Center.  Final details are being coordinated with the applicant for dedication of all related site improvements and easements.

In addition to the work nearing completion on Phase 1, the Town has now signed Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 2 of this project.  Phase 2 consists of a total of 48 apartment units, comprised of 8 one bedroom units, 32 two bedroom units and 8 three bedroom units.  No date has been established for the preconstruction meeting for this second phase of the project.  

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  1. Beaver Creek Park Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).   The Town, having learned in December that its’ third application for grant funding assistance, made under the State’s 2018 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to the State Economic Development Council, was not awarded.  The CFA grant application involved the construction of Phase 1 site improvements within the Beaver Creek Park site.   The estimated cost for these park improvements is 2 million dollars with the Town providing 1.5 million dollars and a request for state funds totaling half-a-million dollars.  The Town’s Engineers and Town Officials are now evaluating all of the desired site improvements contained in the Beaver Creek Park Master Plan including earthen berms and plantings to be located along the border of the park; construction of sidewalks, driveways and future parking areas; construction of ball fields and play areas; and installation of utilities (e.g. public water, sewers and electrical service). 

To date a survey of Section 1 of the Beaver Creek Park Site has been completed and test holes have been conducted that identify the site’s soil conditions which will need to be addressed with the first phase of site improvements.  The Town Engineers have also prepared final site & utility plans and are coordinating these plans with the New York State Department of Health for water system approval. 

The Town Board will be holding a public information meeting on Thursday evening, February 21, 2019 providing an update on what parts of the Phase 1 Project can still be completed without the CFA assistance.  This information meeting will be at the Town Hall commencing at 7:00 p.m. that evening.  More details about this information meeting will be forthcoming in the bi-weekly reports.

  1. Restroom Improvements at Town Parks.   The Town has received, from the State of New York, fully executed contract documents for the planned improvements to be made in 2019 to the public restrooms in both the Town Park (on County Road 8) and the Pumpkin Hook Park (on Allen Padgham Road).   Grant funds for these two projects were made available as the result of assistance obtained from State Senator Pamela Helming’s Office in Albany.   These restroom improvements are designed to meet handicap accessible standards that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In addition to the restroom improvements, the grant will also enable portions of new sidewalks to be installed for these facilities.                                                      
  2. Auburn Trail Grant Project.  Work on the 3 mile long hiking/biking trail, which is an extension to the State’s Regional Trails Network here in the Finger Lakes region, was stopped at the end of November.  The Trail is officially closed to the public at this time.  In the Spring, approximately May first, work on the remaining portions of this project will be authorized to start again and will be completed by May 15th.  

There are several portions of this project that remain to be completed.  One component involves the stone dust trail topping to be installed along a portion of the project between County Road 41 and State Route 332.  There are also portions of the trail where black top is to be installed, primarily between the main trail portion and the concrete sidewalk along State Route 332 near the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center.  Another unfinished portion of the project involves a short segment of concrete sidewalk along the south side of County Road 41, between New Michigan Road and the Auburn Trail crossing.  Work on this portion of the project

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was delayed by RG&E when it was discovered by the contractor during sidewalk construction that a gas line was in the wrong location and needed to be relocated.    RG&E has notified the Town that they have now completed the necessary relocation of the gas main in this area.  This will permit the contractor to complete work on the sidewalk in this area, in the Spring.

Other components of the project that will continue to be worked on in the Spring include a six vehicle parking lot facility for trail users, which is to be located on the trail alignment near the Ivory Drive crossing.  Another portion to be completed involves the trail segment between Town Line Road and the Ivory Drive crossing.                                                 

  1. Town Line Road Capital Improvement Project Design.  MRB Group, P.C., has submitted to the town highway superintendents, in both the towns of Canandaigua and Farmington, final design and construction cost estimates for the reconstruction of the section of the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road between State Route 332 and New Michigan Road.

The first phase of this highway’s capital improvement project includes installation of a new culvert crossing for Beaver Creek and the installation of a new water main and the widening of the shoulders for the future installation of sidewalks. The design plans for the water main installation in this portion of the overall highway improvement project have been approved by the New York State Department of Health.  The formal bid process will begin on Friday, January 18, 2019 and end on February  19, 2019.  This project includes the highway’s sub-base, culvert replacement, wing wall placement and limited fill/compaction.   A Public Informational Meeting on the first phase of this project is scheduled for February, 2019 at the Town Hall. 

In March, the two Towns (Canandaigua & Farmington) will set up message board signs along the Town Line Road notifying motorists of the pending road closure for the above described culvert replacement.  In April, the two Towns will start work to prepare the site for the contractor.  It is anticipated that the contractor will start work around June, 2019 and be completed in late August, or early September.  This portion of the Town Line Road is anticipated to be closed from April 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019.

The Town’s engineering firm is also working on preparing green infrastructure design components for the project.  The project will also include improvements to meet the requirements of the federally mandated “Complete Streets Act,” including sidewalks, bike lanes, widened travel pavement and pedestrian crossings along this section of the Town Line Road.  The towns of Canandaigua and Farmington have started work on obtaining easements from property owners located along this portion of the highway.   

Phase 2 of this highway improvement project involves the installation of a new water main to be constructed in early 2020, between Route 332 and Estate Drive.  Phase 3 involves the highway improvements during 2020, for the section of Town Line Road between New Michigan Road and Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way.  Phase 4, to be completed in 2021, involves the highway improvements between Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way and Stablegate Drive.   Phase 5, to be completed in 2022, involves the remaining section between Stablegate Drive and the right-of-way for State Route 332.  Both Towns are currently working on obtaining easements along this portion of the Town Line Road. 

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  1. Brickyard Road Water Tank & Transmission.    The Town has been awarded a grant in the total amount of $3,614,400.00 to be used towards the construction of a new water storage tank on land owned by the Canandaigua/Farmington Water District, located along Brickyard & Yerkes Roads in the Town of Canandaigua.  The project also includes construction of a new 16-inch diameter water transmission main from the new water tank site into the Town of Farmington, at the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.   The total project cost is $9,036,000.00.

The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., and Canandaigua Town Officials continue to meet with a property owner in the Town of Canandaigua confirming the water line alignment along with an alignment for the construction of a new town road; and land necessary for the continuation of the Auburn Trail into and through the Town of Canandaigua connecting to the Ontario Pathways Trail located in the City of Canandaigua.  Once the alignments for these improvements have been determined, then the Town Engineers will have their wetland biologist continue the wetlands delineation to resolve the future town road and water main alignment around a large wetland area.  The next step involves preparing the draft easement map and description for the road, trail and transmission main. 

  1. Monarch Manor Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  A total of twenty (24) lots have been sold, occupied or are under construction with four (4) additional units under contract as of this report.  There are a total of forty (40) two-unit single-family structures within Section 1 of this project.   Section 1 will be connected to Beaver Creek Park via the pedestrian bridge crossing of Beaver Creek.   Early next year, the Town understands that Section 2 of this project will be forthcoming for Planning Board approvals.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 6 S and 6 N.  Construction continues within these two sections of the overall subdivision tract.  Section 6S involves a total of six (6) lots to be located along Ackerman Way with access from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and Opal Drive.   Three of the five new lots, located within the Section 6S area, now identified as “The Cottages,” have homes under construction.  One of these units is now serving as the sales office for Ryan Homes which will continue to be used for the remaining sections of the Auburn Meadows Project.   The former sales office/home fronting on Ackerman Way has been

turned over to the property owner for occupancy.    

Section 6N involves a total of fifty-four (54) lots along Amber Drive, Marion Way, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive.  The twenty-first basement has been dug in this area and forms placed for the pouring of concrete walls for those units.  The base course paving of the remainder of Amber Drive, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive, public water lines and public sewer lines is now complete and this will enable the continued construction of homes over the winter months. In the Spring, sidewalks will be installed along portions of these new Town highways.  Ivory Drive has been extended to the Auburn Trail crossing and the intersection of the future Farmington Pointe highway.  Over the winter months, the Town Highway Department will be working on boxing out and adding materials for the continuation of Ivory Drive to connect with Carmens Way, thereby providing an alternate means of access to State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook Drive.    

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  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Section 9.  Site improvements (e.g. roads, drainage, water lines, sewer, sidewalks, etc.) are under construction within this section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract, located north of Section 6S which is located off from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The project involves a northern extension of Ackerman Way between Opal Drive and ending just north of Omega Drive.  Along the east side of Ackerman Way, the lots will back-up to portions of the dedicated Beaver Creek Parkland and the Auburn Trail Connector Project, the portion located between Ivory Drive Crossing and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The black top road base has been installed, thereby enabling the construction of new houses to occur over the winter months.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 7S and 8S.  An application for Final Subdivision Plat Approval has been submitted to the Town for these next two sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract.  Section 7S involves a total of 25 lots to be located along the easterly extension of Marion Way to Ackerman Way, from the intersection with Spartan Drive; and the connection of Jasper Drive, between Ackerman Way and Marion Way.  Section 8S involves a total of 31 lots to be located along both sides of Ackerman Way, between the Marion Way and Jasper Drive intersections.  The Planning Board will likely be considering taking action on these final plan drawings at their meeting on Wednesday, February 6,  2019.  Following signatures being affixed to the Final Plan drawings and the filing of the drawings in the Ontario County Clerk’s Office a preconstruction meeting will be scheduled for later this winter with construction to commence in the Spring of 2019.                           

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  Construction work continues within the Section 1 portion of the overall site. The first four two-unit townhouse dwellings have been constructed at this time and the basement, walls and roof is being installed for the fifth and sixth units.  One of the first two units is the model sales office for the project.  In addition, eight more units have been sold and will soon be under construction.  This section of the project consists of 41 single-family townhouse dwelling units to be located on lots along both sides of a proposed east-west street, to be called Redfield Grove.  Redfield Grove is located west of Hook Road and opposite King Hill Drive.   The contractor has installed concrete gutters, sidewalks, street lights and has paved the binder course of black top for the first section of Redfield Drive.  The existing large yellow house located at the corner of Redfield Drive and Hook Road is now undergoing renovation to include having an attached two car garage.   This dwelling is to be leased to a single-family.

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 2.  Final Subdivision/Site Plan drawings for this new section have been approved with conditions, by the Planning Board at their meeting on January 2, 2019.  The next phase involves the construction of 35 single story two-unit townhouse dwellings, the redesign of the intersection of Redfield Drive and Commercial Drive intersection, and the redesign of the intersection of Commercial Drive with State Route 96.  A preconstruction meeting for the Phase 2 improvements will be scheduled for later this winter with site construction to commence in the Spring of 2019.

  1. County Road 41 Rezoning (Hathaway’s Corners).   Site clearing is now complete and a preconstruction work is ongoing for this project.  A construction entrance road has been completed along State Route 332.  This entrance road location will become a new signalized

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intersection on State Route 332.  The recent removal of the large trees located at the southwest   corner of the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41 is also complete.  This portion         of the site will become a large storm water control facility.  Details are currently being worked   out between the applicant’s engineer and the Town Water & Sewer Department for relocating    utilities outside of the area to be expanded for a right turn lane for east bound traffic on County       Road 41 onto the southbound travel lane for State Route 332.    Over the winter months grading of this site will continue along with the installation of utilities, drainage facilities and the boxing-     out of the new streets.

The Planning Board anticipates receipt of the detailed Final Subdivision Plat and Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 1 of this Project.  Phase 1 will consist of 42 single family detached lots and 151 residential townhouse dwelling units, of which 70 will be ranch style (or single story) and 72 will be two-story.  The Planning Board will begin its deliberations on this first phase at their meeting on Wednesday, February20th.

  1. Hickory Rise Subdivision Tract, Section 4.  Earthwork and the installation of utilities and the new looped road, to be known as Tweed Trail, have been completed within this final section of the Hickory Rise Project.  There are a total of 43 lots to be located within Section 4, which will involve the extension of Tweed Trail to the east from Harlowe Lane.  These improvements will enable construction of new houses to commence over the winter months.

  1. American Equipment Maintenance Building.  American Properties of Western New York, LLC, continues their construction of a one story,  18,150 square foot building and related site improvements on property located along the east side of State Route 332 and the present American Equipment Building on Collett Road.   Steel beams are now being installed to be followed shortly by the enclosure of the building.  American Equipment is looking forward to opening their new building later this spring.

  1. Hathaway Drive Dentist’s Office.  Site construction has begun for a new dentist office that is to be located along the east side of Hathaway Drive, north of the Perez Drive and south of the Farmington On The Creek Apartment Project.  Weather permitting, the dentist is looking to opening his practice in late May, or early June, 2019.

21. Cerone Incentive Zoning Project – State Route 332 Opposite Farmbrook Drive – “Auburn              Junction.”   Site work continues for phase 1 of this Project which is now to be known as “Auburn           Junction.”  This phase includes construction of a two-story climate controlled self-storage facility     and a mini-warehouse operation that is to be located in the rear portion of the parcel, along               with the construction of a segment of a new Town road to be known as Carmens Way.   This             new road will, in 2019, connect to Ivory Drive which is located in Section 6N of the Auburn       Meadows Tract.  Carmens Way will then extend from the intersection of Ivory Drive in a south                     easterly direction to a new signalized intersection at State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook    Drive.  Phase 2 of the Project will commence once tenants have been determined for a small   commercial plaza and the two out-parcels (one of which is identified as a potential fast food      drive-through restaurant).  Last week, electric crews installed the new signal head for a four way      intersection. 

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        Site landscaping continues, along with the construction of a two story climate controlled storage           building and related on-site parking improvements.  The one remaining part of the conditions of          approval for this project involves the transfers of lands between adjacent properties and the      Town.  Legal descriptions and maps of these transfers are being reviewed at this time by the    attorneys for the involved landowners.

22.  America’s Best Value Inn Project.  A preconstruction meeting originally scheduled for the end of           last month was canceled at the request of the developers for this project.  The date for the        preconstruction meeting has not been scheduled at this time.  The former motel building which      was previously destroyed by fire will be reconstructed as a new motel along with renovations to            the existing motel building located upon the property. The site is located behind the Park Place                Restaurant along State   Route 96.  DGA Builders have been hired to perform the work on this project.  Site work is expected to commence later this year.

23. Taco Bell & Microtel Hotel Project.  Site construction began on the three sites (e.g. KFC,                                             Taco Bell and MicroTel) located along the east side of New York State Route 332 and behind the Dunkin Donuts and Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants.  The Taco Bell Restaurant opened to the public on Sunday, December 23, 2018.  The entrance to the KFC Restaurant site has been realigned as part of the Taco Bell site improvements.  Work is scheduled to commence on the Microtel and the remainder of the KFC parking area later this winter.                                                           

  1. Town Code Update.  Staff continue work on updating the various chapters of the Town Code which involve editing of the existing code and proposing amendments thereto.  This ongoing process will continue in 2019.  A number of chapters have been determined to need updating to comply with federal and state mandates that have been enacted since the Code was created.  An advisory committee has been established and will continue to work on this task with Town Staff.

  1. Empire Pipeline Project.  The project involves the construction of a 32,000 horsepower electric compressor station and related equipment on land located south of I-90 (New York State Thruway), east of Hook Road and north of the Town of Farmington Highway Complex.  Electric substation/transmission upgrades, to be located on the adjacent RG&E substation, are now being installed which will enhance electrical service reliability for local util­ity customers and for the pumping stations operations.  Empire is working with the RG&E to develop an interconnect agreement. 

Other components of this project will include a shared access road with the Town which will become a paved dedicated Town Highway.  The decision to make this a dedicated highway, instead of having a separate driveway to the pumping station, promotes the Town’s policies for

farmland preservation as provided within its’ adopted Farmland Protection Plan.  This shared access road will also provide access improvements to the Town’s Salt Storage facilities and highway aggregate materials storage area.  The Town continues to work with the applicant to find a solution for a permanent roadway easement to allow the Town of Farmington to construct a second point of access, a non-dedicated town highway service road, from Collett Road near the railroad crossing to the Town Highway Campus property located on Hook Road. 

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In the meantime, the project continues through the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) environmental review process which is part of the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) approval.  That process is expected to be completed later this spring.  The Attorney for the Project, along with the engineers working on the Project, met with and received Final Site Plan approval with conditions from the Town Planning Board on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  It is anticipated that work on this project will commence late next Summer and continue into 2020.

26. 1600 Rochester Road Project.  The Town Planning Board, at its’ meeting on February 21, 2018 received a request from the Town Board for preparing a report and recommendation upon the rezoning of four (4) parcels of land, containing a total of 85.6 acres, to IZ Incentive Zoning.  The project is to be located along the west side of State Route 332 and it basically surrounds the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center on three sides.  It involves mixed retail uses, a small plaza,

apartments, townhouses and an assisted living memory care facility.  The next step in the formal

        process is for the Town Planning Board to prepare its’ review, report and recommendation to the Town Board.  That report, however, is waiting upon a report from the Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., on the sewer capacities in the area and identification of what improvements, if any, will be needed.

27.  RG&E Hook Road Substation Expansion Project.  Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), at the September 19th, Planning Board meeting, received approval for a revised site plan for the construction of battery back-up storage units on their property on Hook Road.  This project is being undertaken in cooperation with the Empire Gas Pumping Station Project described above in this report.  The installation of the battery storage units removes the need for construction of a larger and more intensive infrastructure and capital expense by RG&E.  It is a solu­tion to meet the increased demand for electricity from this substation. 

The project includes the installation of a 70-foot x 70-foot concrete pad for a total of 63 lithium bat­tery storage units, related inverters and transformers, and an eight-foot high security fence with one foot of barbed wire along the top and surrounding the facility. The electrical connection between the substation and the batteries will be underground.

The battery storage units will be installed in phases. The first phase of 37 batteries have now been installed.  This project is undertaken to meet the battery capacity mandates of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision Act.  An additional 35 batteries will be installed in the spring of 2019 and will meet the substation’s 10-year capacity need. The remaining batteries will be installed over the next 10 years to address reduced battery capacity as these units age.  The ancillary equipment includes an inverter to convert power from DC to AC, power converters, safety equipment, a transformer and switchgear. 

  1. Recreation Vehicle Sales & Service Project.  The Town’s Planning Board on November 7th granted Final Site Plan Approval for a new Recreation Vehicle Dealership (Meyer’s Finger Lakes RV) to be located on land at the northeast corner of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road (the former Heritage Motors site).  Meyer’s RV of Churchville, New York, continues to conduct business from within the existing structure and upon the small corner lot at the intersection of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road.  Site clearing is expected to commence next month

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involving drainage improvements under the State’s MS 4 Program; and construction of a new sales/repair building is expected to commence next spring. 

The Town Board, at its’ meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 accepted a proposed letter of credit for site improvements and directed its’ filing with the Town Clerk’s Office.  Once this next step has been completed a preconstruction meeting will then be scheduled with an order to proceed with the site improvements following.

  1. DOMA 332 Incentive Zoning Project.  The Town Board, at the April 24th, meeting received a request for amending the zoning for Lot R1-D of the Mercier Incentive Zoning Project and for rezoning an adjacent 6.99 acre parcel of land located on the east side of State Route 332, between State Route 332 and Beaver Creek Road.  The rezoning request involves approximately 22 acres of land, which is almost all of the land south of the KFC Restaurant extending south to

the Speedway Gas Station at the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41.   Among

the amenities being proposed to the Town are: a new public road connecting between Beaver

Creek Road and State Route 332 (opposite Mercier Boulevard); sidewalks along frontages of State Route 332, Beaver Creek and the proposed Town Road; over-sized water mains creating new looped water supplies in the area; and intersection improvements at State Route 332 and Mercier Boulevard.  The project, at this time, involves all commercial developments with no

residential units being proposed.  The Town Planning Board is currently reviewing the proposed

rezoning application and is awaiting a report from the Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., on the sewer capacities in the area and identification of what improvements, if any, will be needed.   Once that information has been provided, the Planning Board will be providing a report and recommendation to the Town Board early next year.

  1. Oldcastle Lawn & Garden Project.  The Town Development Office has received a revised application for a Special Use Permit and Preliminary Site Plan Approvals to enable outdoor storage of palletized landscaping products on a parcel of land located within the Town of Farmington and adjacent to the Village of Manchester.   The Planning Board, at the February 6th  meeting will consider Final Site Plan approval with conditions.    

  1. Maddie’s Power Sports Project.  The Town Development Office, on January 16th, received Final Site Plans for a 6,000 square foot building expansion and related site improvements at the former O’Neils Power Sports site, located at 6200 State Route 96.   Construction on the building addition and site improvements is expected to get underway this Spring.

  1. Home Power Systems Project.  The Town Development Office, on January 16th, received Final Site Plans for a 10,000 square foot warehouse addition to Home Power System’s existing building and an additional 15 new on-site parking spaces to their property located on the east side of Corporate Drive East; and re-subdivision of their land into two (2) lots (R-6A and R-6B) with Lot R-6B to remain vacant at this time.    The Planning Board is expected to consider acting upon this application at their February 6th meeting.

Memorandum

TO:            Farmington Town Board, Town Public Works and Town Operations                                           Committees Report

FROM:      Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development     Ronald L. Brand

DATE:      January 8, 2019

RE:            Report to Town Public Works and Town Operations for Town Board Meeting on                                    Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

I have the following items to report for this week’s Town Board Meeting:

Town Board Resolution (1)

  1. Resolution establishing a formal bid period and Advertising For Bids for the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road Beaver Creek Crossing Culvert Project.

Town Projects Update

  1. Delaware River Solar Project.  The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on December 5, 2018 continued the three (3) public hearings upon applications for a special use permit, preliminary site plan approval and preliminary subdivision plat approval, to construct a 35 acre commercial solar farm upon lands located south of Fox Road and west of Yellow Mills Road.  The project involves the creation of four parcels of land containing a total of 135 acres of land.  Of this total, approximately 35 acres is being proposed for the installation of 21,000 solar panels upon three large solar arrays.  The property is located within the Ontario County Consolidated Agricultural Use District #1 and is being actively farmed. 

The Town Planning Board, at their November 7th meeting, was designated as the lead agency responsible for completing the environmental record on these actions and for making a

determination of significance under the provisions of the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Regulations.  At the December 5th meeting the Planning Board also directed the applicants to provide documentation on the New York State Energy Research Development Administration’s (NYSERDA) application to the Commissioner of the State Department of Agriculture and Markets for his required review and report; to prepare a Soils Classification Worksheet in cooperation with the Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation Agency; and directed the Town Engineers, MRB Group, to prepare a report on the Wetlands Delineation document that has been provided by the applicant, Delaware River Solar.   The public hearing

upon these applications has again been continued to January 16, 2019 to give the applicant and the Town Engineer time to provide the requested documents.  The January 16, 2019 meeting will again be held at the Town Highway Garage, commencing at 7:03 p.m. The Town Highway Garage is located at 985 Hook Road.

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Once the Planning Board has reviewed the responses to the public’s comments, the additional information requested on December 5th, and has determined that it has enough information to make an informed determination of significance, then the Planning Board must next complete and accept Parts 2 and 3 of the Full SEQR Environmental Assessment Form.  Until that point in time, no other decisions may be made upon these pending applications; or, upon the related area variances that are pending before the Town Zoning Board of Appeals.

On Monday, November 26th, the Zoning Board of Appeals continued the four public hearings upon requests for area variances to their December 17, 2018 meeting to permit the Town Planning Board, the designated lead agency under the SEQR Regulations, time to make its’ determination of significance.   The Zoning Board of Appeals at their meeting on Monday, December 17th, again voted to continue the public hearings upon the pending four area variances to the January 28, 2019 meeting.

  1. Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Application.  On August 16th the Town Submitted an application to the New York State Department of Transportation for grant money under the Federal Highway Administration’s TAP.  The grant would enable the installation of sidewalks where currently there are no sidewalks located within developed sites:  along both sides of State Route 96; the south side of Elizabeth Way;  the east side of Mertensia Road;  the west side of Beaver Creek Road;  the north side of County Road 41, between Beaver Creek Road and State Route 332;  and the south side of County Road 41 between the Auburn Trail crossing and the existing sidewalks along the west side of State Route 332, all of which are located within the hamlet of Farmington.   The total estimated cost of these improvements is $ 1,540,000.00 with the Town proposing a 30% local match of $ 462,000.00.

The total length of proposed sidewalk improvements is approximately 13,300 lineal feet of five foot wide concrete sidewalks.  The project also includes the installation of 20 ADA curbs/ramps, 8 pedestrian crossing signals, and 2 solar powered flashing pedestrian crossing signs.   The Town has received numerous letters of support from local businesses and residents, as well as from political leaders at the federal, state, county levels of government and local school districts.  The State had promised the announcement of TAP Grant awards this fall.  According to the most recent information received from the State Department of Transportation it will likely be February, 2019 before any decisions are made on these grant applications.

  1. Farmington Market Center.  The Director of Planning and Development has been notified by Michael Montalto, Project Manager, Costich Engineering, that the current owners of the former Wades Plaza Site have asked for Privilege of the Floor, at the January 22, 2018 Town Board Meeting to present plans for the development of the former Wades Property which is now to become known as the Farmington Market Center.  The applicant intends to seek formal rezoning of the approximately 16 acre site from GB General Business to IZ Incentive Zone.  The formal IZ  rezoning process will involve a public hearing, a detailed site plan for the proposed new development of the site and a list of requested zoning incentives by the applicant in exchange for proposed site amenities being provided by the applicants. 

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  1. Farmington Gardens Phase II Project.   The name of this project is now known as “Farmington On The Creek.”  A total of twenty-four (24) one and two-bedroom apartment units are now occupied along with on-site storage buildings for these units.  In February, a number of three-bedroom apartment units are scheduled for occupancy.  There is already a waiting list for the three-bedroom apartments.   The Community Center Building for the project has also been issued a Certificate of Occupancy.  Over the winter months work will continue on the remaining units and storage buildings with project’s completion anticipated next Spring.

  1. Conifer Realty Pintail Crossing Apartment Project.  Construction continues on phase 1 of this 112 unit apartment project located on land located south of Quentonshire Drive, between County Road 41 and the Farmbrook Neighborhood.  A total of 64 apartment units are included in phase 1 of this project.   The existing paved section of Quentonshire Drive, the section from County Road 41 south (which was not originally constructed to Town Highway Standards) has been reconstructed to Town standards and paved in anticipation for dedication of this former driveway as a new Town Highway.  The applicants will soon be requesting Certificates of Occupancy for these 64 units plus the Project’s Community Center.  Final details are being coordinated with the applicant for dedication of all related site improvements and easements.

In addition to the work nearing completion on Phase 1, the Town has now signed Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 2 of this project.  Phase 2 consists of a total of 48 apartment units, comprised of 8 one bedroom units, 32 two bedroom units and 8 three bedroom units.  No date has been established for the preconstruction meeting for this second phase of the project.   

  1. Beaver Creek Park Consolidated Funding Application (CFA).   The Town learned on Thursday, December 13th that its’ third application for grant funding assistance, made under the State’s 2018 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to the State Economic Development Council, was not awarded.  The CFA grant application involved the construction of Phase 1 site improvements within the Beaver Creek Park site.   The estimated cost for these park improvements is 2 million dollars with the Town providing 1.5 million dollars and a request for state funds totaling half-a-million dollars.  The Town’s Engineers and Town Officials are now evaluating all of the desired site improvements contained in the Beaver Creek Park Master Plan including earthen berms and plantings to be located along the border of the park; construction of sidewalks, driveways and future parking areas; construction of ball fields and play areas; and installation of utilities (e.g. public water, sewers and electrical service). 

To date a survey of Section 1 of the Beaver Creek Park Site has been completed and test holes have been conducted that identify the site’s soil conditions which will need to be addressed with the first phase of site improvements.  The Town Engineers have also prepared final site & utility plans and are coordinating these plans with the New York State Department of Health for water system approval. 

The Town Board will be holding a public information in early 2019 providing an update on what parts of the Phase 1 Project can still be completed without State Funding assistance.  When we have compiled the information on the project we will be sending out a meeting notice inviting public input.  Please stay tuned.

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  1. Restroom Improvements at Town Parks.   The Town has received, from the State of New York, fully executed contract documents for the planned improvements to be made in 2019 to the public restrooms in both the Town Park (on County Road 8) and the Pumpkin Hook Park (on Allen Padgham Road).   Grant funds for these two projects were made available as the result of assistance obtained from State Senator Pamela Helming’s Office in Albany.   These restroom improvements are designed to meet handicap accessible standards that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In addition to the restroom improvements, the grant will also enable portions of new sidewalks to be installed for these facilities.                                                      
  2. Auburn Trail Grant Project.  Work on the 3 mile long hiking/biking trail, which is an extension to the State’s Regional Trails Network here in the Finger Lakes region, was stopped at the end of November.  The Trail is officially closed to the public at this time.  In the Spring, approximately May first, work on the remaining portions of this project will be authorized to start again and will be completed by May 15th.  

There are several portions of this project that remain to be completed.  One component involves the stone dust trail topping to be installed along a portion of the project between County Road 41 and State Route 332.  There are also portions of the trail where black top is to be installed, primarily between the main trail portion and the concrete sidewalk along State Route 332 near Cobblestone Performing Arts Center.  Another unfinished portion of the project involves a short segment of concrete sidewalk along the south side of County Road 41, between New Michigan Road and the Auburn Trail crossing.  Work on this portion of the project has been delayed by RG&E when it was discovered during sidewalk construction that a gas line was in the wrong location and needs to be relocated.    RG&E has just notified the Town that they have obtained the highway work permit from Ontario County and will be making the necessary relocation of the gas main in this area.  This will permit the contractor to complete work on the sidewalk in this area.

Other components of the project that will continue to be worked on in the Spring include a six vehicle parking lot facility for trail users, which is to be located on the trail alignment near the Ivory Drive crossing.  Another portion to be completed involves the trail segment between Town Line Road and the Ivory Drive crossing.                                                 

  1. Town Line Road Capital Improvement Project Design.  MRB Group, P.C., has submitted to the town highway superintendents, in both the towns of Canandaigua and Farmington, final design and construction cost estimates for the reconstruction of the section of the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road between State Route 332 and New Michigan Road.

The first phase of this highway’s capital improvement project includes installation of a new culvert crossing for Beaver Creek and the installation of a new water main and the widening of the shoulders for the future installation of sidewalks. The design plans for the water main installation in this portion of the overall highway improvement project have been approved by the New York State Department of Health.  The formal bid process will begin on Friday, January 18, 2019 and end on February  19, 2019.  This project includes the highway’s sub-base, culvert replacement, wing wall placement and limited fill/compaction.   A Public Informational Meeting on the first phase of this project is scheduled for February, 2019 at the Town Hall. 

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In March, the two Towns (Canandaigua & Farmington) will set up message board signs along the Town Line Road notifying motorists of the pending road closure for the above described culvert replacement.  In April, the two Towns will start work to prepare the site for the contractor.  It is anticipated that the contractor will start work around June, 2019 and be completed in late August, or early September.  This portion of the Town Line Road is anticipated to be closed from April 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019.

The Town’s engineering firm is also working on preparing green infrastructure design components for the project.  The project will also include improvements to meet the requirements of the federally mandated “Complete Streets Act,” including sidewalks, bike lanes, widened travel pavement and pedestrian crossings along this section of the Town Line Road.  The towns of Canandaigua and Farmington have started work on obtaining easements from property owners located along this portion of the highway.   

Phase 2 of this highway improvement project involves the installation of a new water main to be constructed in early 2020, between Route 332 and Estate Drive.  Phase 3 involves the highway improvements during 2020, for the section of Town Line Road between New Michigan Road and Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way.  Phase 4, to be completed in 2021, involves the highway improvements between Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way and Stablegate Drive.   Phase 5, to be completed in 2022, involves the remaining section between Stablegate Drive and the right-of-way for State Route 332.  Both Towns are currently working on obtaining easements along this portion of the Town Line Road. 

  1. Brickyard Road Water Tank & Transmission.    The Town has been awarded a grant in the total amount of $3,614,400.00 to be used towards the construction of a new water storage tank on land owned by the Canandaigua/Farmington Water District, located along Brickyard & Yerkes Roads in the Town of Canandaigua.  The project also includes construction of a new 16-inch diameter water transmission main from the new water tank site into the Town of Farmington, at the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.   The total project cost is $9,036,000.00.

The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., and Canandaigua Town Officials continue to meet with a property owner in the Town of Canandaigua confirming the water line alignment along with an alignment for the construction of a new town road; and land necessary for the continuation of the Auburn Trail into and through the Town of Canandaigua connecting to the Ontario Pathways Trail located in the City of Canandaigua.  Once the alignments for these improvements have been determined, then the Town Engineers will have their wetland biologist continue the wetlands delineation to resolve the future town road and water main alignment around a large wetland area.  The next step involves preparing the draft easement map and description for the road, trail and transmission main. 

  1. Monarch Manor Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  A total of twenty (24) lots have been sold, occupied or are under construction with four (4) additional units under contract as of this report.  There are a total of forty (40) two-unit single-family structures within Section 1 of this project.   Section 1 will be connected to Beaver Creek Park via the pedestrian bridge crossing of Beaver Creek.   Early next year, the Town understands that Section 2 of this project will be forthcoming for Planning Board approvals.

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  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 6 S and 6 N.  Construction continues within these two sections of the overall subdivision tract.  Section 6S involves a total of six (6) lots to be located along Ackerman Way with access from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and Opal Drive.   Three of the five new lots, located within the Section 6S area, now identified as “The Cottages,” have homes under construction.  One of these units is now serving as the sales office for Ryan Homes which will continue to be used for the remaining sections of the Auburn Meadows Project.   The former sales office/home fronting on Ackerman Way has been

turned over to the property owner for occupancy.    

Section 6N involves a total of fifty-four (54) lots along Amber Drive, Marion Way, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive.  The twenty-first basement has been dug in this area and forms placed for the pouring of concrete walls for those units.  The base course paving of the remainder of Amber Drive, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive, public water lines and public sewer lines is now complete and this will enable the continued construction of homes over the winter months. In the Spring, sidewalks will be installed along portions of these new Town highways.  Ivory Drive has been extended to the Auburn Trail crossing and the intersection of the future Farmington Pointe highway.  Over the winter months, the Town Highway Department will be working on boxing out and adding materials for the continuation of Ivory Drive to connect with Carmens Way, thereby providing an alternate means of access to State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook Drive.    

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Section 9.  Site improvements (e.g. roads, drainage, water lines, sewer, sidewalks, etc.) are under construction within this section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract, located north of Section 6S which is located off from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The project involves a northern extension of Ackerman Way between Opal Drive and ending just north of Omega Drive.  Along the east side of Ackerman Way, the lots will back-up to portions of the dedicated Beaver Creek Parkland and the Auburn Trail Connector Project, the portion located between Ivory Drive Crossing and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The black top road base has been installed, thereby enabling the construction of new houses to occur over the winter months.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 7S and 8S.  An application for Final Subdivision Plat Approval has been submitted to the Town for these next two sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract.  Section 7S involves a total of 25 lots to be located along the easterly extension of Marion Way to Ackerman Way, from the intersection with Spartan Drive; and the connection of Jasper Drive, between Ackerman Way and Marion Way.  Section 8S involves a total of 31 lots to be located along both sides of Ackerman Way, between the Marion Way and Jasper Drive intersections.  The Planning Board will likely be considering taking action on these final plan drawings at their meeting on Wednesday, February 6,  2019.  Following signatures being affixed to the Final Plan drawings and the filing of the drawings in the Ontario County Clerk’s Office a preconstruction meeting will be scheduled for later this winter with construction to commence in the Spring of 2019.                           

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  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  Construction work continues within the Section 1 portion of the overall site. The first four two-unit townhouse dwellings have been constructed at this time and the basement, walls and roof is being installed for the fifth and sixth units.  One of the first two units is the model sales office for the project.  In addition, eight more units have been sold and will soon be under construction.  This section of the project consists of 41 single-family townhouse dwelling units to be located on lots along both sides of a proposed east-west street, to be called Redfield Grove.  Redfield Grove is located west of Hook Road and opposite King Hill Drive.   The contractor has installed concrete gutters, sidewalks, street lights and has paved the binder course of black top for the first section of Redfield Drive.  The existing large yellow house located at the corner of Redfield Drive and Hook Road is now undergoing renovation to include having an attached two car garage.   This dwelling is to be leased to a single-family.

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 2.  Final Subdivision/Site Plan drawings for this new section have been approved with conditions, by the Planning Board at their meeting on January 2, 2019.  The next phase involves the construction of 35 single story two-unit townhouse dwellings, the redesign of the intersection of Redfield Drive and Commercial Drive intersection, and the redesign of the intersection of Commercial Drive with State Route 96.  A preconstruction meeting for the Phase 2 improvements will be scheduled for later this winter with site construction to commence in the Spring of 2019.

  1. County Road 41 Rezoning (Hathaway’s Corners).   Site clearing is now complete and a preconstruction work is ongoing for this project.  A construction entrance roads has been completed along State Route 332.  This entrance road location will become a new signalized intersection on State Route 332.  The recent removal of the large trees located at the southwest corner of the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41 is also complete.  This portion of the site will become a large storm water control facility.  Details are currently being worked out between the applicant’s engineer and the Town Water & Sewer Department for relocating utilities outside of the area to be expanded for a right turn lane for east bound traffic on County Road 41 onto the southbound travel lane for State Route 332.    Over the winter months grading of this site will continue along with the installation of utilities, drainage facilities and the boxing-out of the new streets.

The Planning Board anticipates receipt of the detailed Final Subdivision Plat and Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 1 of this Project.  Phase 1 will consist of 42 single family detached lots and 151 residential townhouse dwelling units, of which 70 will be ranch style (or single story) and 72 will be two-story.  The Planning Board will begin its deliberations on this first phase at their meeting on Wednesday, February 6th.

  1. Hickory Rise Subdivision Tract, Section 4.  Earthwork and the installation of utilities and the new looped road, to be known as Tweed Trail, have been completed within this final section of the Hickory Rise Project.  There are a total of 43 lots to be located within Section 4, which will involve the extension of Tweed Trail to the east from Harlowe Lane.  These improvements will enable construction of new houses to commence over the winter months.

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  1. American Equipment Maintenance Building.  American Properties of Western New York, LLC, continues their construction of a one story,  18,150 square foot building and related site improvements on property located along the east side of State Route 332 and the present American Equipment Building on Collett Road.   Steel beams are now being installed to be followed shortly by the enclosure of the building.  American Equipment is looking forward to opening their new building later this spring.

  1. Hathaway Drive Dentist’s Office.  Site construction has begun for a new dentist office that is to be located along the east side of Hathaway Drive, north of the Perez Drive and south of the Farmington On The Creek Apartment Project.  Weather permitting, the dentist is looking to opening his practice in late May, or early June, 2019.

20. Cerone Incentive Zoning Project – State Route 332 Opposite Farmbrook Drive – “Auburn              Junction.”   Site work continues for phase 1 of this Project which is now to be known as “Auburn           Junction.”  This phase includes construction of a climate controlled self-storage facility and a             mini-warehouse operation that is to be located in the rear portion of the parcel, along with the       construction of a segment of a new Town road to be known as Carmens Way.   This new road               will, in 2019, connect to Ivory Drive which is located in Section 6N of the Auburn Meadows    Tract.  Carmens Way will then extend from the intersection of Ivory Drive in a south                              easterly direction to a new signalized intersection at State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook        Drive.  Phase 2 of the Project will commence once tenants have been determined for a small          commercial plaza and the two out-parcels (one of which is identified as a potential fast food      drive-through restaurant).  Last week, electric crews installed the new signal head for a four way      intersection.  Final State Department of Transportation permit details are expected to be     completed in December.

        Site landscaping continues, along with the construction of a two story climate controlled storage           building and related on-site parking improvements.  The one remaining part of the conditions of          approval for this project involves the transfers of lands between adjacent properties and the      Town.  Legal descriptions and maps of these transfers are being reviewed at this time by the    attorneys for the involved landowners.

21.  America’s Best Value Inn Project.  A preconstruction meeting originally scheduled for the end of           last month was canceled at the request of the developers for this project.  The date for the        preconstruction meeting has not been scheduled at this time.  The former motel building which      was previously destroyed by fire will be reconstructed as a new motel along with renovations to            the existing motel building located upon the property. The site is located behind the Park Place                Restaurant along State   Route 96.  DGA Builders have been hired to perform the work on this project.  Site work is expected to commence later this year.

22.  Farmington Dentist Office, Route 332.  The first phase of a three phase project, involving a new a 3750 square foot dentist office building, on-site parking and a driveway from Farmbrook Drive is now open.  A second site, located north of the dentist office, has been created and is being marketed for some type of commercial development.  The project is located on land along the east side of State Route 332, between Farmbrook Drive and Clover Meadow Lane.        

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23. Taco Bell & Microtel Hotel Project.  Site construction began on the three sites (e.g. KFC,                                             Taco Bell and MicroTel) located along the east side of New York State Route 332 and behind the Dunkin Donuts and Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants.  The Taco Bell Restaurant opened to the public on Sunday, December 23, 2018.  The entrance to the KFC Restaurant site has been realigned as part of the Taco Bell site improvements.  Work is scheduled to commence on the Microtel and the remainder of the KFC parking area later this winter.                                                           

  1. Town Code Update.  Staff continue work on updating the various chapters of the Town Code which involve editing of the existing code and proposing amendments thereto.  This ongoing process will continue in 2019.  A number of chapters have been determined to need updating to comply with federal and state mandates that have been enacted since the Code was created.  An advisory committee has been established and will continue to work on this task with Town Staff.

  1. Empire Pipeline Project.  The project involves the construction of a 32,000 horsepower electric compressor station and related equipment on land located south of I-90 (New York State Thruway), east of Hook Road and north of the Town of Farmington Highway Complex.  Electric substation/transmission upgrades, to be located on the adjacent RG&E substation, are now being installed which will enhance electrical service reliability for local util­ity customers and for the pumping stations operations.  Empire is working with the RG&E to develop an interconnect agreement. 

Other components of this project will include a shared access road with the Town which will become a paved dedicated Town Highway.  The decision to make this a dedicated highway, instead of having a separate driveway to the pumping station, promotes the Town’s policies for

farmland preservation as provided within its’ adopted Farmland Protection Plan.  This shared access road will also provide access improvements to the Town’s Salt Storage facilities and aggregate storage area.  The Town continues to work with the applicant to find a solution for a permanent roadway easement to allow the Town of Farmington to construct a second point of access, a non-dedicated town highway service road, from Collett Road to the Town Highway Campus property located on Hook Road. 

In the meantime, the project continues through the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) environmental review process which is part of the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) approval.  That process is expected to be completed later this spring.  The Attorney for the Project, along with the engineers working on the Project, met with and received Final Site Plan approval with conditions from the Town Planning Board on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  It is anticipated that work on this project will commence late next Summer and continue into 2020.

26. 1600 Rochester Road Project.  The Town Planning Board, at its’ meeting on February 21, 2018 received a request from the Town Board for preparing a report and recommendation upon the rezoning of four (4) parcels of land, containing a total of 85.6 acres, to IZ Incentive Zoning.  The project is to be located along the west side of State Route 332 and it basically surrounds the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center on three sides.  It involves mixed retail uses, a small plaza,

apartments, townhouses and an assisted living memory care facility.  The next step in the formal

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        process is for the Town Planning Board to prepare its’ review, report and recommendation to the Town Board.  That report, however, is waiting upon a report from the Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., on the sewer capacities in the area and identification of what improvements, if any, will be needed.

27.  RG&E Hook Road Substation Expansion Project.  Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), at the September 19th, Planning Board meeting, received approval for a revised site plan for the construction of battery back-up storage units on their property on Hook Road.  This project is being undertaken in cooperation with the Empire Gas Pumping Station Project described above in this report.  The installation of the battery storage units removes the need for construction of a larger and more intensive infrastructure and capital expense by RG&E.  It is a solu­tion to meet the increased demand for electricity from this substation. 

The project includes the installation of a 70-foot x 70-foot concrete pad for a total of 63 lithium bat­tery storage units, related inverters and transformers, and an eight-foot high security fence with one foot of barbed wire along the top and surrounding the facility. The electrical connection between the substation and the batteries will be underground.

The battery storage units will be installed in phases. The first phase of 37 batteries have now been installed.  This project is undertaken to meet the battery capacity mandates of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision Act.  An additional 35 batteries will be installed in the spring of 2019 and will meet the substation’s 10-year capacity need. The remaining batteries will be installed over the next 10 years to address reduced battery capacity as these units age.  The ancillary equipment includes an inverter to convert power from DC to AC, power converters, safety equipment, a transformer and switchgear. 

  1. Recreation Vehicle Sales & Service Project.  The Town’s Planning Board on November 7th granted Final Site Plan Approval for a new Recreation Vehicle Dealership (Meyer’s Finger Lakes RV) to be located on land at the northeast corner of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road (the former Heritage Motors site).  Meyer’s RV of Churchville, New York, continues to conduct business from within the existing structure and upon the small corner lot at the intersection of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road.  Site clearing is expected to commence next month involving drainage improvements under the State’s MS 4 Program; and construction of a new sales/repair building is expected to commence next spring. 

Final detailed design plan drawings are being prepared along with the applicant obtaining a surety to be filed with the Town.  Once these next steps have been completed a preconstruction meeting will be scheduled with an order to proceed with the site improvements following.

  1. DOMA 332 Incentive Zoning Project.  The Town Board, at the April 24th, meeting received a request for amending the zoning for Lot R1-D of the Mercier Incentive Zoning Project and for rezoning an adjacent 6.99 acre parcel of land located on the east side of State Route 332, between State Route 332 and Beaver Creek Road.  The rezoning request involves approximately 22 acres of land, which is almost all of the land south of the KFC Restaurant extending south to

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the Speedway Gas Station at the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41.   Among

the amenities being proposed to the Town are: a new public road connecting between Beaver

Creek Road and State Route 332 (opposite Mercier Boulevard); sidewalks along frontages of State Route 332, Beaver Creek and the proposed Town Road; over-sized water mains creating new looped water supplies in the area; and intersection improvements at State Route 332 and Mercier Boulevard.  The project, at this time, involves all commercial developments with no

residential units being proposed.  The Town Planning Board is currently reviewing the proposed

rezoning application and is awaiting a report from the Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., on the sewer capacities in the area and identification of what improvements, if any, will be needed.   Once that information has been provided, the Planning Board will be providing a report and recommendation to the Town Board early next year.

  1. Oldcastle Lawn & Garden Project.  The Town Development Office has received a revised application for a Special Use Permit and Preliminary Site Plan Approvals to enable outdoor storage of palletized landscaping products on a parcel of land located within the Town of Farmington and adjacent to the Village of Manchester.   The Planning Board, at the December 5th meeting took action to approve the Preliminary Site Plan with conditions.  Once changes have been made to the preliminary site plan drawings then an application may be made for final site plan approval.   No time line is known for when the Final Site Plan application will be made to the Town. 

  1. Maddie’s Power Sports Project.  The Town Planning Board, at their December 5th meeting, granted Preliminary Site Plan approval with conditions for a 6,000 square foot building expansion and related site improvements at the former O’Neils Power Sports site, located at 6200 State Route 96.    The applicant is preparing revised Preliminary Site Plan drawings to include additional parking spaces, details on site lighting, signage and access onto and around the building.   Once the Preliminary Site Plans have been signed then an application for Final Site Plan approval will be entertained by the Planning Board.   Construction on the building addition and site improvements is expected to get underway next Spring.

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