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Canandaigua residents oppose 116-unit townhome development on East Lake Road: Developer asks ‘Where else?’

A developer wants to build 116 townhomes in the town of Canandaigua, under what’s been dubbed the Canandaigua Shores project.

Local residents are mounting a serious campaign against it, though.

ATL Contractors is the developer behind the 82-unit Keuka Shores development in Penn Yan. They’re going through the process now to receive preliminary approvals for construction of townhomes on property south of Finger Lakes Community College- located across from Otetiana Point on State Route 364.

A public hearing will take place on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

There’s high-demand for housing across the Finger Lakes- as the real estate market remains red hot. Meanwhile, Canandaigua, Farmington, and Victor have seen their own boom happening parallel to the housing shortage.

“If not here, where? That’s the question,” Brennan Marks, of Marks Engineering in Canandaigua told Gannett. “If not in this area of the town of Canandaigua, where else would we go? The majority of Canandaigua is agricultural land and we strive to protect that and keep it. This property is vacant. It’s not farmable, it’s non tillable and the zoning is right for it.”

‘No Canandaigua Shores’ signs line yards in the area. Hundreds have signed a petition opposing the project.

Traffic, drainage, more residents, and lack of green space are all concerns raised by those who oppose the project.

Want to participate in the meeting? It’s being held both virtually and in-person. The Canandaigua Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Canandaigua Town Hall courtroom. To join via zoom click here, and use 864 7826 3468 as the meeting ID. The passcode is 972634.