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Geneva Town Board hears update on Snell Road housing development

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The Seneca Springs Townhomes project, first approved seven years ago, is once again on the agenda for the Town Board meeting. A resolution to approve the development plan will be considered on Tuesday, and if approved, the project will go to the town Planning Board for a site plan review and approval.

The Geneva Town Board approved a planned unit development for the project in 2016, but it expired after a year due to a lack of cooperation from New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) to get power to the site. The project calls for 76 condominium-style townhomes geared towards people 55 and older, located near the former Sisters of Mercy retreat at High Acres.

Code enforcement officer Floyd Kofahl raised concerns about NYSEG’s ability to get transformers to the site, citing a similar issue with a housing project near Glass Factory Bay. Developer Greg Missick confirmed the transformer issue to the Finger Lakes Times, saying that NYSEG will not allow the use of transformers from Texas and instead wants to use its own transformers made in Brazil. NYSEG officials could not be reached for comment.

Missick added that NYSEG officials told him it could be more than two years before power is available at the Snell Road site. Despite the delay, Missick and his wife, Elizabeth Missick, who is listed as the applicant, want the local boards to address the project again as part of the “permitting process” requested by banks.