County planning board approves Cortlandville housing project

CORTLAND, N.Y. – The Cortland County Planning Board gave site plan approval Wednesday to a proposed 66-unit housing project in the town of Cortlandville.

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Developers still need final approvals from the town before the project can move forward. They came to the Cortlandville Town Planning Board in July with their initial sketch plans for the project, at which point board members requested more information before making a decision.

Robert Ferris, the owner of the 11-acre property on Starr Road, is selling the property under a purchasing contract by the Leonidas Group of Virgil LLC. Former Greek Peak CEO Al Kryger submitted the plans on behalf of the group.

Developers are looking to construct a residential community, dubbed “Starr Lite Ridge,” that would consist of six single-family homes, six duplex homes and eight six-family buildings for a total of 66 units. A recreational club/community building is also planned as part of the project.

Several residents who live near the site wrote letters to the planning board expressing concerns about the size and density of the project, as well as the effect it would have on the overall neighborhood.

Developers wrote in their site plan application that the target demographic for the homes is “downsizing empty nesters” and young working families.

They also say the project will address the need for more affordable housing in the county while providing $6 million in new tax revenues to the town of Cortlandville.

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