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Planners extend timeline for plaza

PENN YAN—At their Aug. 3 meeting, the Penn Yan planning board extended the time limit for site work to be completed at Lake Street Plaza from the original completion date of June 1. Temporary certificates of occupancy have been issued and a certificate of occupancy will not be issued until work is completed.
Site plan law was enacted more than 15 years ago in the village to ensure certain elements of developments are in place for projects covered by the law including landscaping, drainage, parking, lighting and safety issues as well as other requirements. Comments from the public, particularly regarding landscaping and safety issues have been received from the public for several months.
During the meeting, planning board chairman Cliff Orr said he would like to have all the required work completed at the plaza by the new date of Oct. 1.
The first issue discussed during the meeting was landscaping. Local landscaper Dan Hamm spoke to the board, noting he had reviewed the plan for the plaza. The holly plants on the current plan are not salt tolerant and Hamm suggested substitutions of varieties better suited to the site. Board members also discussed other plants proposed on the plan.  They  emphasized they did not want anything planted at the plaza that could become a visual issue that would impact safety.
Other requirements on the site plan that have not yet been met:
• Some stop signs inside the plaza need to be moved and others installed at appropriate spots.
• Striping of the parking area has resulted in the driving lane at the end of one parking row having a ‘dead end.’ Elimination of several parking spaces near the art gallery would allow a driving land for vehicles to exit on the south end of the row. Currently if there are vehicles parked there motorists must return to the opposite end of the row to exit the area.
• The remainder of curbs and islands need to be installed, including speed bumps.
• The area at the back of the stores needs to be graded and paved to eliminate potholes.
• A handicapped ramp in front of the video store does not have a curb cut as required.
• Drainage, particularly behind the stores was discussed at length with planning board vice-chairman Richard Osgood stating two proposed “rain  gardens” that are in the current site plan would receive very little runoff.
• The area referred to as the tenant space adjacent to Peebles was another concern. Code Enforcement officer Bruce Lyon said something has to be done to make it safer and visually more appealing. The developer had planned to build a retail store there but did not secure the tenant. The board suggested storing the construction materials that are in the area now somewhere else in the plaza under cover.
No representatives from the plaza’s owners attended the meeting. The developer will receive information on work that must be completed by the October deadline set by the planning board that will include photos of areas in question. Funds sufficient to complete the work have been deposited with the village by the owner in the  event work is not completed as required.  

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