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Skaneateles village board approves critical impact for 46 East Genesee Street

As the Skaneateles village board continues moving forward on the work to renovate its new home in the old Fennell Street fire station, it also is attending to the future of its current home at 46 East Genesee St.

The board held a public hearing on Jan. 10 on the Critical Impact resolution regarding the renovation, expansion and change of use of the building at 46 East Genesee St. The building, which had been owned by the village since 1929, was offered for sale last February and sold to developer Rick Moscarito, president of Finger Lakes Luxury Homes, in March for $855,000.

Project Architect Robert O. Eggleston presented the application for Finger Lakes Luxury Homes to the board at its Jan. 10 meeting, and said the building renovations plans call for converting the first floor to commercial use and the second and third floors to residential space. The developer intends to add an elevated addition to the back of the building, back decks on the top two levels, a first floor garage and patio, and an elevator.

The village zoning board of appeals, planning board and Historic Landmarks Preservation Committee all have approved the project plans that have come before their boards, and the immediate building neighbors have no objection to the project, Eggleston said.

During the public hearing, neighbor Julie Sharpe also said she and the other neighbor have no objection to the project, and are both “satisfied thus far” that the developer and architect have “taken great pains to accommodate neighbors.”

Mayor Marty Hubbard read the Critical Impact resolution which requires that the project meets all prescribed village codes and regulations, that it will create no adverse impact to the immediate neighborhood, that the proposed improvements are in harmony with the aesthetics of the neighborhood and that traffic controls for the project are adequate to protect public safety.

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