Cortlandville to hire consultants for controversial housing project

CORTLANDVILLE, N.Y. – A planned 66-unit housing project in the town of Cortlandville continues to face heavy scrutiny from residents who live near the site of the proposed development.

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The Cortlandville Planning Board held a well-attended public hearing on the project Tuesday night, where more than a dozen residents expressed concerns about traffic, noise, density, and the potential for the project to exacerbate existing flooding problems in the area.

The 11-acre property on Starr Road where the development would be located is being purchased by Leonidas Group of Virgil LLC. Former Greek Peak CEO Al Kryger has previously submitted plans for the project on behalf of the group.

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The planned residential community dubbed "Starr Lite Ridge" is planned for an 11-acre parcel on the south of side of Starr Road, opposite the intersection of Abdallah Avenue (Google Maps)

The proposed residential gated community, dubbed “Starr Lite Ridge,” 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, and developers have said their target demographic is "downsizing empty nesters" and young working families.

On Wednesday, the town board granted the planning board's request to hire Clough Harbor, an Albany-based engineering consulting firm, to ensure that the project complies with the town's code and current zoning regulations.

The planning board is required to make a recommendation on the housing project within 45 days following Tuesday's public hearing. The board is expected to make that recommendation by mid-January.

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