Ongoing Farmington Projects
TO: Farmington Town Board, Town Public Works and Town Operations Committees Report
FROM: Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development - Ronald L. Brand
Dan Delpriore, Town Code Enforcement Officer - Daniel Delpriore
DATE: January 24, 2023
RE: Report to Town Public Works and Town Operations Committees for Town Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.
The following project status report is for this week’s Town Board Meeting and is for the period January 10, 2023, through January 23, 2023.
Town Board Resolutions (2)
- Resolution authorizing the Farmington Town Board to refund the Planning Board fees, in the total amount of $215.00, for a proposed two lot preliminary subdivision application, for subdividing land located at 148 Church Avenue, to JCW Land Surveying, LLC.
- Resolution authorizing acceptance of easements and a Stormwater Control Facility Maintenance Agreement with MDM MAC Properties Farmington, LLC (Meyer’s RV).
Town Projects Update
- Beaver Creek Park Project. The Town awaits delivery of drainage pipe to be installed around the park pavilion which has been promised for today. Then, as weather conditions permit, installing this infrastructure. This spring, the contractor will be completing the replacement of damaged trees.
- Delaware River Solar (DRS) Project. Site work on this solar farm project has reached a major milestone ahead of schedule, it is called Mechanical Completion. Commissioning of the projects with the utility was completed late last month and the projects began sending power to customers.
- Town Line Road Capital Improvement Project. The remaining work to be completed on this project involves the bringing-in of fill material, as weather conditions permit, for the base for the one remaining section of sidewalk to be installed, which is to be located west of Stony Way and between Maplewood Drive.
- Brickyard Road Water Tank & Transmission. Bids for this capital project were opened and then were rejected by the Town of Canandaigua Town Board, on Monday, February 7, 2022, when the Board did not approve the 202-B funding authorization needed to move the project forward. In an email recently received from the Canandaigua Town Supervisor, the Canandaigua Town Board has agreed that this project is needed to support their recently completed “Up Town” future development plans. The Towns Engineers are updating the bid specifications and expected costs for Farmington and Canandaigua to review.
- Monarch Manor Incentive Zoning Project, Section 2.
Site work continues within this new section, which includes the relocation of new fire hydrants, completion of the sidewalks and streetlights. The stormwater facility for this project has previously been constructed, accepted by the Town and the release of surety was authorized. This past week building permits were issued for the construction of two buildings having a total of four dwelling units. Eventually, within Section 2, there will be a total of forty-eight (48) two-unit single-family structures.
- Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Section 8S.
Site improvements continue within this last section of the Auburn Meadows Project. This Section involves a total of 31 lots that are to be located along both sides of Ackerman Way, between the Marion Way and Jasper Drive intersections.
Site work involving the construction of sidewalks along Ackerman Way, and a sidewalk between Ackerman Way and the Auburn Trail has now been completed. Also installed is a split-rail fence along a portion of the redesigned stormwater facility which is located near the Auburn Trail.
- Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 7N and 8N. Sections 7N and 8N involve the construction of 55 single family dwelling lots located along both sides of Ivory Drive between the former stub end in Section 6N at the intersection with Amber Drive, connecting to the intersection of Amber Drive which is located in Section 3N to the west. Pedestrian sidewalks and stone dust trails have been constructed within portions of these two sections (7N & 8N) of Ivory Drive, connecting the new Ivory Drive sidewalks to the nearby Auburn Trail Project. All single-family dwelling lots within Sections 7N and 8N have been sold. Later this year, the topcoat of asphalt will be installed along this portion of Ivory Drive.
- Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 2, Townhouse Project. All the dwelling units within this project have been sold. A final inspection will be performed of the site improvements prior to the release of the final portion of a letter of credit and establishing a two-year maintenance bond. Also scheduled for later this year will be the installation of the topcoat of asphalt.
- Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Commercial Project. The beauty salon, T.K.O. (Total Knock Out), continues to operate, while Zoe’s, the ice cream shop next door continues to wait upon shipment of the counter tops and installation. The site’s streetscape improvements (landscaping and a pedestrian bench) have been completed. Finally, the developer reports that all streetlights have been installed along the east side of Commercial Drive and are operational.
- Redfern Drive Townhouse Project. Site work continues on the construction of twenty (20) townhouse dwelling units that will be located within four (4) buildings along Redfern Drive, between Running Brook Drive and Dalton Drive. Three (3) of the four (4) buildings are complete and portions of two of these buildings are now occupied.
- Hathaway’s Corners Incentive Zoning Project.
All of the townhome dwelling units located within the Hathaway’s Corners Project are now either under construction or occupied. A section of Carmen’s Way has been constructed allowing for the construction of a total of 88 apartment units that are to be in the southeast portion of the overall site, near the intersection of Carmen’s Way and Savalla Boulevard. Building permits have been issued for the first two buildings, which will contain a total of 16 apartment units.
The Marrano Homes model home/sales office located along the south side of County Road 41 continues to operate. A new model home/sales office will be constructed within the Phase 2 project is scheduled to open this spring. Currently within the project site along Eddy Gate and Osburn Lane there are a total of nine (9) occupied dwelling units, seven (7) units are under construction, with twenty-seven (27) single-family lots remaining for sale. Finally, within Phase 1 of the Project, a concrete sidewalk connection has been installed connecting Osburn Lane to the Auburn Trail.
Site work continues within the Villas portion of the project. This section will involve a total of eighty-eight (88) single-family dwellings that will be operating under a home-owners association where all site amenities (e.g., lawn mowing, landscaping, snow plowing, etc.) is being provided for those living within this portion of the Hathaway’s Corners project. Sidewalks have been installed, within the first phase of this project, along Caleb Court. A short section of sidewalk remains to be installed between Caleb Court and the Auburn Trail which is scheduled for this spring. The first building permit for the model dwelling units/sales office has been issued and the basement is dug.
Final Subdivision Plat approval for Phase 2 of the single-family tract has been granted by the Town Planning Board. The Town now awaits the preparation of a letter of credit for site improvements to be accepted by the Town Board and filing with the Town Clerk. Then a pre-construction meeting will be held followed by a notice to proceed with site construction work. Building permits for dwelling units in this Phase 2 are expected to be issued this spring. This is last phase of the residential portion of the Hathaway’s Corners Incentive Zoning Project and involves a total of 43 lots.
- RG&E Substation 127 Expansion Project. The expansion project is located on the east side of Hook Road, south of Route I-90 (New York State Thruway). Field commissioning activities were completed in December 2022. Transformer 3, bus 3, bus 4, and the new National Fuel Gas feeder circuit (815) were placed into service on December 19, 2022. Work continues at the station during the first quarter of 2023, with installation of a new HVAC system and fire protection system in the control house. All project work involving soil disturbance is currently on hold. All areas of previous disturbance have been stabilized for the winter following NYSDEC standards. The project has moved to monthly SWPPP inspections as approved by the Town of Farmington on December 19, 2022.
The Town Engineer is following-up with RG&E to confirm that the existing letter of credit has been extended for an additional one-year period. The Town Code Enforcement Officer is currently reviewing an application for a building permit to erect a tower for communication purposes and remote monitoring of their substation. The tower will notify RG&E of any pending power loss.
- RG&E Substation 168 Expansion Project. Substation 168 is located along the south side of State Street, adjacent to the Village of Manchester. Foundation work for the control house was completed and building assembly by Parklane involving dry wall and interior assembly is scheduled to be complete by the end of January 2023. Work inside the 115kV yard on the east side of the station started in October and will continue into 2023. Work includes new foundations for new electrical equipment. The gas-insulated switchgear to be installed in the new control house is expected to be delivered to the site in early March 2023. Pier foundation drilling/excavations continue inside the 115kV yard on the east side of the station, likely through February 2023. Weekly SWPPP inspections are on-going and provided to the Town.
- Meyer’s Recreation Vehicle Sales & Service Project. The Town awaits receipt of the record site drawings and then closing out the letter of credit for this project.
- LeFrois Project, (GLN) State Route 96. Site earthwork and the installation of new water lines, sewer lines, stormwater and related storm water drainage improvements have been placed on pause by the contractor. A new section of Mercier Boulevard, a town road that is to start at a new intersection with State Route 96 and extends into Phase 1A of the project, has also been placed on pause. This new highway will eventually provide a connection to the adjacent Farmington Market Center Project, the adjacent G&A Farmington Commons Plaza site and the current cul-de-sac located on adjacent property to the south.
Phase 1A site development provides for up to four (4) proposed commercial building sites to be located along the south side of State Route 96. Eventually, Mercier Boulevard will extend to the south and east connecting with the existing cul-de-sac on the adjacent Home Leasing property. Mercier Boulevard when completed will provide an alternative connection to the GLN Farmington Realty site, the Farmington Commons Plaza (located at the southwest corner of State Routes 96 & 332), the Farmington Market Plaza (where the Tops Super Market and Canandaigua National Bank are located) and the existing cul-de-sac on Mercier Boulevard located at the south end of the GLN Farmington Realty property.
- Union Crossing Development, Blackwood Industrial Park Distribution Center, Lot #R-2. The Town awaits the filing of a letter of credit with the Town Clerk’s Office, then a pre-construction meeting will then be scheduled with the Town’s Project Review Committee. Once all parties have agreed-to the identified pre-construction issues then a notice to proceed with site work will be issued by the Town Code Enforcement Officer. The project involves the construction of two (2) warehouse buildings having a total of 416,000 square feet and related site improvements.
- Loomis Road Mini-warehouse Project – Site development continues on this project which involves three (3) single-story mini-warehouse buildings having a total of 13,200 square feet in building area and related site improvements (e.g., landscaping, site lighting and storm water control measures).
- Auburn Junction Plaza Project (Phase 3A) and Amended Concept Plan – Site work on the construction of a single-story 19,900 square foot plaza building, located along the west side of State Route 332, south of Carmens Way and opposite Farmbrook Drive is now complete. The project (known as Phase 3A of the Auburn Junction Incentive Zoning Project) includes the construction of related on-site parking, additional sidewalks, site lighting, and landscaping. Interior work within the building continues. Phase 3B (a future phase) will involve the design and construction of two standalone commercial type buildings with parking to be located on the two outparcels located in front of the Phase 3A building. The site’s contractor is LeFrois Builders and the building’s interior contractor is Genesee Construction Service, Inc.
- Loomis Road Industrial Park Project – The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on September 7th, granted preliminary site plan approval with conditions for the construction of a new building upon Lot #4, construction of a stormwater detention facility, installation of site utilities, and a proposed new Town Road to be known as Jetman Drive. The applicant’s engineers are now preparing revised Preliminary Site Plan drawings for signing by Town Staff. These drawings must be submitted for signatures on or before March 6, 2023. Once preliminary drawings have been signed, then Final Site Plans may be submitted for review and approval by the Town Planning Board.
- Country Max Building Project – Site construction for the new 68,000 square foot warehouse and office building for Country Max is now on pause over the winter months and will resume early next year. A portion of this project will include the extension of the sidewalk along the north side of Collett Road, from the FedEx site to a new crosswalk that is to be installed across Collett Road near the driveway to Ultra Fab and then the sidewalk will continue along the south side of Collett Road east to the west side of Hook Road where it will end for the time being.
- Farmington Commons Plaza Project – Site construction continues upon the Reliant Federal Credit Union building and related site improvements located on Lot #R-2 of the G&A Development & Construction Corporation’s land. The site is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of State Routes 96 and 332. The credit union building is to be located north of and adjacent to the Burger King restaurant and south of the existing plaza building. Another part of this project includes the reconstruction of the westerly driveway entrance to the plaza from State Route 96 and construction of a new pedestrian sidewalk from along State Route 96 into the western end of the plaza. The topcoat of asphalt will be placed this spring once the blacktop plants reopen.
Future development of the remaining 7.384-acre Farmington Common Plaza site envisions a 4,000 square-foot three-story medical office building and another commercial building with related site improvements. Other related site improvements include connecting this proposed lot to the adjacent GLN Farmington Realty Project and to the extension of Mercier Boulevard on that property.
- Farmington Market Center Project. The Town Board, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, received a draft of the amended Parts 2 and 3 of the Full Environmental Assessment Form, a part of the environmental record upon the rezoning action, along with a draft Town Board Resolution to be reviewed and acted upon at the February 14, 2023 meeting.
Town Staff, assisted by traffic engineers at Fisher Associates, have completed reviews of the three reports on the traffic distribution, at the future signalized intersection of State Route 96 and Mercier Boulevard, for the Farmington Market Center Project, the GLN Farmington Realty Project and the G&A (Farmington Commons Plaza) Project. This review also provided a cost estimate, based upon a recent similar award granted by the State DOT elsewhere, for the installation of a signalized intersection of a Town Road with a State Highway. On Tuesday, December 20, 2022, the Town received the State Department of Transportation’s Report on the need for a signalized intersection at State Route 96 and Mercier Boulevard and their recommendations for conditions of approval for the rezoning project. The cost projections were sent to the three (3) involved parties and meetings have been held with two of the three to date. The Town still awaits a reply from GLN to schedule the third meeting.
The proposed rezoning would allow for the phased buildout of the Farmington Market Center (FMC) site (which presently includes the Tops Market and the Farmington Branch Office of the Canandaigua National Bank). Once the land is rezoned, the incentive zoning process then requires submission of a detailed set of drawings for the overall preliminary subdivision and site plan approvals for the project. Those drawings will be subject to a coordinated review with other involved agencies (further SEQR compliance) and approval by the Town Planning Board. Once the preliminary overall subdivision and site plan drawings have been approved, then they are filed with the Town Clerk’s Office. The Town Clerk then authorizes the amendment to the Town’s Official Zoning Map for the three parcels of land. Once the Official Zoning Map has been amended, then final site plan applications may then be received for each of the proposed seven (7) commercial sites that are to be located within the three (3) subject parcels.
The first phase of the site’s proposed development includes connection to a new portion of Mercier Boulevard, the construction of a new branch bank for Canandaigua National Bank, the construction of a Tops Fueling Station, the construction of a Mavis Tire Store, installation of pedestrian sidewalks from the southeast corner of the intersection of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road, the construction of sidewalks from Mertensia Road into and connecting to the Tops Building, the re-design of the current entrance into the plaza from State Route 96, and the installation of the Main Street Corridor improvements [streetlights, benches, trash receptacles, landscaping, etc.,] across the entire frontage of the plaza site.
- Gerstner Medical Building. The project involves the construction of a 7,500 square foot two-story medical equipment office and sales building with associated site improvements located along the east side of Quentonshire Drive, south of County Road 41. A letter of credit still needs to be filed with the Town Clerk’s Office and then a pre-construction meeting will be scheduled.
- No Standing Signs, State Route 332. The Town has been informed, by the New York State Department of Transportation, that a No Standing Zone will be placed along both sides of State Route 332, starting at a location 1,000 feet north of the Route 96 intersection to a point located 1,260 feet south of the intersection. The No Standing signs are deemed necessary to eliminate ingress and egress sight restrictions being experienced by motorists which are being caused by the parking of large tractor trailer vehicles along the shoulders of State Route 332 in this area (see recent photo below that was taken this month). The order for the restriction zone was filed earlier this year with the Secretary of State. No Standing signs have been placed on order and will be installed by State DOT forces as work schedules allow.
- FEDERAL HIGHWAY TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES PROGRAM (TAP) GRANT AWARD. The Town continues to administer the paperwork for this 2.2 million dollar transportation alternatives program grant. All necessary sidewalk easements from the involved property owners have now been accepted by the Town Board and filed in the Ontario County Clerk’s Office. The Town Board at their meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, authorized the Town Supervisor to sign the State Local Agreement for the first phase of the project (professional engineering design and right-of-way incidentals) to continue. Survey work has now been completed in each of the sections identified for the construction of sidewalks, trail connections to the Auburn Trail and marking of additional bike lanes. The project anticipates the construction of approximately 17,000 lineal feet of five-foot-wide concrete sidewalks, construction of a pedestrian/bicycle bridge crossing of Beaver Creek. Construction on this project is anticipated to be scheduled to start next year and, be complete in 2024.
- Electric Car Corner Project. The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, will be reviewing final site plan drawings for Lot #A and a small portion of Lot #B (two of the three former Create-A-Scape parcels). The project 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.
Two special use permits 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.
- Farmbrook Re-subdivision Section 7A. The Planning Board, at their January 4, 2023, meeting granted final re-subdivision plat approval for Section 7A. Section 7A will contain a total of 48 lots located in the southeast portion of the project site. Once revisions have been made to the final plat drawings, the map will be filed in the Ontario County Clerk’s Office. The next actions, the granting of preliminary and final site plans for Section 7A and 7B, involving a total of 70 single-family dwelling units will take place once a developer for the remaining lots has been identified. No building permits may be issued for the building of any additional dwelling units until this next step has been completed.
- Western New York Commercial Warehouse Project. This project, formerly known as Hunt’s Park Warehouse Project, involves land located along the south side of Loomis Road, between State Route 332 and Plastermill Road, and is identified by the applicant as Hunt’s Park Flex Building Project. The Town Board following a public hearing upon the rezoning of this site from GB General Business to GI General Industrial at their meeting on Tuesday, September 27th, approved the rezoning of this land. The applicant has submitted preliminary site plan drawings for the Town Planning Board’s meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.
- A Safe Place Storage, Phase 2. Site work is well underway with the completion of the pouring of a building pad for a climate-controlled storage building and a pad for a cold storage mini-warehouse building to be located at the southeast corner of Collett Road and Commercial Drive. In addition to the climate-controlled building there will be other mini-warehouse storage buildings and an outdoor storage area located on this site. Finally, in the Spring 2023, Commercial Drive will be extended south to the property line.
- State Climate Smart Communities Program. The State’s Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program began in 2009 as an interagency initiative of New York State. The program is jointly sponsored by the following New York State agencies: Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC); Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); Department of Public Service; Department of State; Department of Transportation; Department of Health and the Power Authority (NYPA). DEC acts as the main administrator of the program. Over time CSC has grown into a multifaceted initiative. To download a two-page introduction to the program, click here. For guidance on participating in the program, please see the Getting Started page.
This website was launched in 2018 as a new way for local governments in New York State to apply for CSC certification. This website, known as the portal, provides an online platform for local governments to upload documentation, communicate with those who review documentation, and track their progress toward certification. By providing detailed information about the program and enabling regular updates, this portal replaces the CSC Certification Manual, which was issued in 2014.
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