Ongoing Farmington Projects
TO: Farmington Town Board
FROM: Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development - Ronald L. Brand
Dan Delpriore, Town Code Enforcement Officer - Daniel Delpriore
DATE: November 28, 2023
RE: Report for Town Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 28, 2023.
The following report is for this week’s Town Board Meeting, and it is for the period November 25, 2023, through November 27, 2023.
Town Board Resolutions (5)
- Resolution authorizing acceptance of three (3) Water & Utility Easements, two (2) Sanitary Sewer and Utility Easements, and one (1) Storm Sewer and Utility Easement over portions of Owner’s property located in the Hathaway’s Corners Subdivision.
- Resolution recalling Town Board Resolution No. 103 of 2015, and the attachment to Local Law No. 5 of 2015; amending the Preliminary Overall Subdivision Plat and Site Plans for Lots #1 through #5 of the Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning Project located within the Phase 3 Portion of the Overall Site; adopting Local Law No. 9 of 2023, providing for amendments to Lots #1 through #5 of the Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning Project; requiring an additional site amenity for proposed Lot #5, a vest pocket type private park setting; re-establishing the original lot size for the re-subdivided Lot #1; establishing the list of permitted land uses for re-subdivided Lot #1; requiring the Planning Board’s approval of the amended Preliminary Overall Subdivision Plat and Site Plan for the Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning Project; and filing the approved drawings thereof with the Town Clerk’s Office prior to amending the Town’s Official Zoning Map and then the issuing of Building Permits for the development of said lots located within the amended Phase 3 Portion of the Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning Project.
- Resolution introducing a draft Local Law, Local Law No. 10 of 2023, amending Chapter 126 of the Farmington Town Code, entitled "Individual On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems;" and scheduling a public hearing thereon for Tuesday, December 12, 2023.
- Resolution accepting a two year maintenance bond from S.B. Ashley Management Corporation, for newly constructed site improvements within Phase 1A of the Hathaway’s Corner Incentive Zoning Project, in the total amount of $ 25,920.00.
- Resolution authorizing the purchase of 3 new and unused 2024 Ford F-150 XLT Supercab 4x4 6.5’ box 145 WB trucks.
Town Projects Update
- FEDERAL HIGHWAY TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES PROGRAM (TAP) GRANT AWARD. Final design plans are being submitted to the New York State Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Albany Office for review and approval. Once approved by the DOT, then formal bid documents will be prepared, and formal bidding will occur. In the meantime, in anticipation that there may be some financial impact relating to the funds awarded for this project two years ago due to inflation, increased costs of materials and delivery of concrete, there may be some of the original subareas that may have to be postponed. Once all of these details are resolved then an award of a contract early next year can occur.
- Town Line Road Capital Improvement Project. The last phase of this project, installing a section of sidewalk along the north side of Town Line Road, located west of Stony Way and between Maplewood Drive, is scheduled to be completed next spring after allowing settling of the fill material over the winter months.
- Brickyard Road Water Tank & Transmission. The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., have completed the final design drawings and bid documents; and the formal re-bidding for this project will commence on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2023, with the bid opening scheduled for Thursday, December 7, 2023. Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2024 and take approximately 16-18 months to complete.
Meanwhile, we continue to await notice from Congresswomen’s Tenney’s Office that our application for additional federal funds has been approved for this project. We also have been notified by the Deputy Regional Director of the Senate, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, that the Senator has prioritized our request for additional federal funding and has included it in his funding requests to the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee. The next step is the House Appropriations Committee’s review and approval. We should learn more information this fall.
- Monarch Manor Incentive Zoning Project, Section 2.
There are two (2) two-dwelling unit buildings occupied in Section 2. In addition, there are four (4) two-dwelling unit buildings under construction. A total of 188 trees have been planted along the berms on the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line and along New Michigan Road. Landscape work continues these earth berms. Eventually within Section 2 there will be twenty-four (24) buildings having a total of forty-eight (48) single-family dwelling units.
- Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Section 8S.
This last section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Project involves a total of 31 lots located along both sides of Ackerman Way, between the Marion Way and Jasper Drive intersections. Twenty (20) dwellings are now occupied and another ten (10) are under construction, leaving one (1) lot for sale.
- Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 7N and 8N. All single-family dwelling lots within Sections 7N and 8N have been developed. Repairs to the road base for Ivory Drive has now taken place and the topcoat of asphalt installed. A final release of funds from the Letter of Credit is the next step involved with closing out this project.
- Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 3, Commercial Project. The Town Board, at their meeting on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, closed the public hearing upon the request for a formal amendment to Section 3 of the Overall Site Plan for this incentive zoning project. Section 3 involves amendments that will reduce the number of separate commercial buildings and sites located along the east side of Commercial Drive from five to four. These changes will provide additional inter-connecting access points, additional on-site parking within the front portions for each of the remaining four lots, no on-site parking in the rear portions of these sites, a reduction in the number of curb cuts to Commercial Drive and a small vest pocket park, to be maintained by the owner and located at the north end of this Phase 3. Finally, the re-use of the existing single-family dwelling located on a fifth parcel along the north side of State Route 96, east of Commercial Drive, will be re-subdivided from Lot #1 and used as a small office building with off-street parking. A draft local law (No. 10 of 2023) has been received by the Town Board. The adoption of this draft local law is anticipated for the November 28, 2023, meeting. Below is a photo image of the proposed site amendments.
- Hathaway’s Corners Incentive Zoning Project. All of the one-hundred fifty-one (151) townhouse dwelling units located within Phase 1A of the Hathaway’s Corners Project are now complete and occupied.
Within Phase 2B of the Project located within the southeastern portion of the Hathaway’s Corners Incentive Zoning Project will be a total of eleven (11) apartment buildings having a total of 88 apartment units. Ten of these buildings are under construction with the last foundation being poured. A section of Carmen’s Way has been installed and dedicated allowing for the construction of the first ten (10) apartment buildings having a total of 80 apartment units.
Within Phase 1B of the project there are five (5) remaining lots for sale along the south side of County Road 41. Within another portion of Phase 1B, is a new model home/sales office located along the north side of Eddy Gate Way which is now open. Also, within this portion of Phase 1B and located along Eddy Gate Way and Osburn Lane, there are a total of forty-two (42) single-family lots. Two (2) of the single-family dwelling units are occupied. Two (2) are under construction, with thirty-six (36) single-family lots remaining for sale.
A new phase of the Hathaway’s Corners Project, Phase 2A, now has the infrastructure (e.g., water, road gutters, storm sewer and sanitary sewer lines) installed and the base coat of asphalt installed along the remaining portion of Osburn Lane and the entire length of Cooper Place, between Osburn Lane and Savalla Boulevard. Still needing to be installed will be concrete sidewalks completing the pedestrian systems along Eddy Gate Way and the entire length of Osburn Lane. There will be a total of thirty (30) single-family dwellings constructed along Osburn Lane and a total of twelve (12) single-family dwellings constructed along Cooper Place. This final residential phase [2A] of this incentive zoning project will have a total of forty-two (42) single-family dwellings.
Site work also continues within the first portion of Phase 1C, The Villas at Hathaway’s Corners. This phase will involve a total of sixty-one (61) single-family dwellings located on Villa-style lots fronting along Caleb Court. Four (4) single-family dwellings are under construction. The model home is now open to the public and fifty-six (56) lots remain available. This portion of the project will operate under a home-owners association where all site amenities (e.g., lawn mowing, landscaping, snow plowing, etc.) are provided for those living within the Villas at Hathaway’s Corners.
- RG&E Substation 127 Expansion Project. The expansion project, located along the east side of Hook Road , south of Inter-State Route I-90 [New York State Thruway]. This project includes the addition of impervious area (adding a 186 ft. by 100 ft. expansion to the existing 127 substation yard) and expansion of an existing bioretention facility to provide water quality treatment for this new area. Finally, closeout action has commenced for this substation project, including the filing of a two-year Performance Bond with the Town Clerk’s Office and the final release of funds from the Letter of Credit for this project.
- RG&E Substation 168 Expansion Project. Substation 168 is located along the south side of State Street, adjacent to the Village of Manchester. Interior work in the control house continues. Work inside the 115kV yard on the east side of the station continues, including excavations for new foundations, cable trenches, etc., and weekly SWPPP inspections are on-going and have been provided to the Town.
- LeFrois Project, (GLN) State Route 96. The Town awaits receipt of requested information for the first partial release of funds from the established letter of credit for this project. The Applicant has now mowed the site, re-installed silt fencing around the site, re-graded the topsoil stockpile enabling it to also be mowed and constructed a development sign for marketing the project now known as “Ontario Gateway Business Park.” The Town also awaits a draft easement document across the property and inspection reports on testing of the installed water line and sanitary sewer line. Finally, the Town has received a description of when the applicant intends to install streetscape improvements across the site’s Route 96 frontage.
Site work on this project, which includes the installation of new water lines, sewer lines, stormwater and related stormwater drainage improvements, was placed on pause last fall by the developer. A major part of the site improvements for this project will include the construction of a new section of Mercier Boulevard, a future town road that is to start at a new intersection with State Route 96 and extend south and easterly into Phase 1A of the project. This road construction has also been placed on pause by the developer.
Phase 1A site development provides for up to four (4) proposed commercial building sites to be located along the south side of State Route 96 and the north side of a new section of Mercier Boulevard. Mercier Boulevard when completed will provide an alternative connection to the GLN Farmington Realty site, the Farmington Commons Plaza (located at the southwest corner of State Routes 96 & 332), the Farmington Market Plaza (where the Tops Super Market and Canandaigua National Bank are located) and the existing cul-de-sac on Mercier Boulevard located at the south end of the GLN Farmington Realty property.
- Hidden Treasures Mini-warehouse Project. The project is located along the north side of Loomis Road and adjacent to the south of the New York State Thruway (I-90). The project involves three (3) single-story mini-warehouse buildings having a total of 13,200 square feet of building area, landscaping, and related site improvements. The Town Board, at their meeting on October 10, 2023, approved the final release of funds from the project’s letter of credit. The site fencing has been installed around portions of the site. We await the security gate being installed and submission of record drawings before the Certificate of Compliance will be issued allowing the leasing of these units to the public.
- Auburn Junction Plaza Project (Phase 3A) and Amended Concept Plan. The URMC Thompson Health Care facility is now open. No permit has been issued for the interior work within the remaining 10,000 square foot space of the total 19,900 square foot plaza building.
Phase 3B (a future phase) will involve the design and construction of two standalone commercial type buildings with additional on-site parking to be located on the two outparcels located in front of the Phase 3A building.
- Loomis Road Industrial Park Project. The Town Board, at its November 14th meeting, approved a letter of credit for construction of Jetman Drive, the installation of site utilities [water, sewer and stormwater] and site improvements upon Lot #4 of this project. Once a letter of credit has been filed with the Town Clerk’s Office, a pre-construction meeting will be scheduled, and site work will be authorized to commence. The developer intends to start these site improvements over the winter months. There is a total of eleven (11) lots to be developed within the industrial park site.
- CountryMax Building Project. Site construction continues for the new 68,000 square-foot CountryMax warehouse, office building and related site amenities. The steel structures, and large quantities of building insulation material for the new structure have now arrived on-site. Building footers continue being poured with plans for enclosing the building’s shell this fall to enable interior work to continue over the winter months.
A part of this project includes a new sidewalk that has been constructed across a portion of this project’s frontage along the south side of Collette Road. This sidewalk connects to the extension of the sidewalk along the north side of Collett Road from the FedEx site to a new crosswalk that across Collett Road near the driveway to Ultra Fab. This sidewalk has not been dedicated to the Town is not open to the public for their use at this time.
- Farmington Market Center Project. The Town Board, at its meetings on October 10, 2023, and the October 24, 2023, meetings have tabled further discussion on this rezoning application pending receipt of information from the applicant. The resolution is for the adoption of what was formerly called Local Law No. 9 of 2023 and which now would be called Local Law No. 11 of 2023, approving with conditions the rezoning of an 18.6-acre site from GB General Business to IZ Incentive Zoning with MTOD Major Thoroughfare Overlay District and MSOD Main Street Overlay District zoning for the Farmington Market Center Incentive Zone Project.
Once approved by the Town Board the next step in the process involves creating a preliminary overall subdivision plat maps and site plans with engineering details for the Planning Board’s review and approval. Once approved and signed by all town officials and the Planning Board Chairperson, then the Town Clerk will amend the Town’s Official Zoning Map for the involved sites. Following the Official Zoning Map amendment, final site plan submissions will then be accepted by the Planning Board for their review and approval allowing for building permits to be issued and site improvements to occur. The first three (3) projects seeking final site plan approvals include a new freestanding Canandaigua National Bank Office with drive-up tellers, a Tops Fueling Station and a Mavis Tire Center.
- Electric Car Corner Project. Site construction is almost complete for this project that involves the sales, leasing, repair, and maintenance of electric vehicles (including hybrid vehicles); and the operation of up to eight (8) level 3 electric vehicle charging stations for the public’s use. These charging stations have been installed and paving of the driveway and charging station areas is now complete. The existing building is being renovated for use as the sales office and auto repair operations.
Also, a part of this project involves two (2) special use permits that have been granted by the planning board which allow for the sales and leasing of new and used vehicles, the repair and maintenance of new and used vehicles sold or leased from the dealership and the installation of electric vehicle charging stations for the public’s use.
- Farmbrook Re-subdivision Section 7A. The Planning Board awaits the submission of preliminary and final site plans for seventy (70) single-family dwellings to be constructed upon those lots located within Sections 7A and 7B of the Farmbrook Planned Subdivision Project. No building permits may be issued for any additional dwelling units within these two sections until the next steps [preliminary and final site plan approvals] have been completed.
- Western New York Commercial Warehouse Project. Site construction continues upon this project which involves the development of land located along the south side of Loomis Road, between State Route 332 and Plastermill Road. The project proposes two (2) ten thousand (10,000) square foot single-story warehouse buildings containing a total of 20 separate units and related site improvements.
- A Safe Place Storage, Phase 2. A climate-controlled storage building, and the first of three (3) cold storage buildings have been issued Certificates of Occupancy. There is also an outdoor storage area located on this site. Once the topsoil screening and sales operation is complete then the developer will be seeking building permits for the construction of the two (2) remaining cold storage buildings that are to be located on this portion of the site.
Finally, a part of this project includes construction of Commercial Drive south to the property line and the construction of a sidewalk along the west side of Commercial Drive to the south property line. These two components are complete and have been accepted by the Town Board. Remaining is the installation of three (3) streetlights.
- Dollar General. Construction is underway for replacing the Dollar General Store located on State Route 96. The building, previously destroyed by fire in 2022, is being built on the same footprint of the original building. The store re-opening is scheduled to open by December 15, 2023.
- Power Incentive Zoning [Paddock Landing] Project. Preliminary subdivision plats and preliminary site plans have been submitted to the Town and will be introduced at the Planning Board’s December 6th meeting. The first step in this phase of approval involves a coordinated review with involved agencies identified in the State’s Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) regulations and a lead agency making a determination of significance upon these two actions. A public hearing will be opened by the Planning Board, on December 6, 2023, and continued to January 17, 2024 to allow time for the public review period and the coordinated review with involved and interested agencies, and the designation of a lead agency for making a determination of significance upon the action.
- Open Space Index Update. The Town of Farmington Environmental Conservation Board (ECB) is nearing completion of the update to the Town’s Open Space Index. The Update document is required by the State’s General Municipal Law, for maintaining the Board’s status. GIS mapping updates are also being prepared as part of this process. The draft document is being scheduled for presentation to the Town Board, for its’ review and acceptance early next year.
- Parks & Recreation Plan Update – Residents Survey. The Town has begun working on a draft survey instrument for soliciting public input on the needs and/or wants for park improvements and recreation programs. This survey will be going out to the public early next year and can be done on-line. Stay tuned for more information which will be coming in the next Town Operations reports. Once the survey has been completed and tabulated, then work will begin in 2024 upon updating the Town of Farmington Parks & Recreation Master Plan.