LANSING, N.Y. — The Town of Lansing will be taking a look at a bevy of projects Monday evening, including two housing developments and a new commercial building on North Triphammer Road.

The first housing development to be looked at by the town Planning Board Monday night is a cluster-style housing development planned for North Triphammer Road between Asbury Road and Franklyn Drive. The 9.7-acre vacant parcel was purchased by local homebuilders Wayne and Scotty Britton in September 2017.

Ten one-story two-bedroom homes would be built on the parcel along a circular cul-de-sac. Each home would be 1,140 square feet and have two parking spaces. The development would including stormwater retention areas and a 24-foot x 36-foot maintenance building.  It is not clear from the preliminary filing whether the homes would be rentals or for-sale units.

The second housing plan to be reviewed by the board is a re-approval of sorts. In December 2015, a 16-lot home subdivision was approved by the planning board for a 36-acre parcel at the end of Lake Forest Drive off of Ridge Road near Lansing Middle School. The “Lake Forest Circle Subdivision” received preliminary approval, but in order to receive final approval, it had to return to the board within six months. Looking at the calendar, it looks like they’re a few years late. The project is seeking a waiver from that requirement so that the landowner, Cornell professor H. Floyd Davis, can continue with the pursuit of the final subdivision approval.

Next on the list is a new commercial building near the intersection of Triphammer and Peruville Roads near Lansing Town Hall. The “Triphammer Commercial” project from local businessman Andy Sciarabba seeks to build a one-story, 12,000 square-foot commercial building on a pair of currently-vacant parcels (3091-3111 North Triphammer is vacant, and 3077 North Triphammer used to have a single-wide trailer that was removed a few years ago). The 3.48-acre development includes 48 parking spaces and space for another parking lot in the back should it be needed at a later date.

Preliminary designs show a one-story, shed-style building divided into six roughly equal (2,000 square foot) commercial spaces, though these could likely be reconfigured to suit the needs of potential commercial tenants. Local architect George Breuhaus is in charge of design. The filing does not identify if the building is being built “on spec,” meaning there are no tenants lined up, or if there are tentative occupancy agreements in hand.

Action items before the planning board the planning board this month include a subdivision to provide for the sale of agricultural land to Walnut Ridge Dairy (no change in use, the subdivision is to facilitate the sale of some but not all of the current owner’s property), and the controversial Osmica at Spring Trail Farm Bed and Breakfast and Banquet Hall/Reception Venue at 59 Emmons Road. Previously, the plans have called for five guest rooms and storage in the main house and carriage house, lighted parking for 80 vehicles, and a 300-person reception space with kitchen and restroom facilities inside the existing barn. Neighbors have complained that it would produce too much traffic, create stormwater issues, and be a detriment to the character of the semi-rural area.

Further out, it looks like the town will be reviewing plans for another one of its Town Center parcels. According to Dan Veaner at the Lansing Star, 5.4 acre Parcel “D” was sold by the town of Lansing last week to the Salt Point Brewing Company, a recently-established microbrewer based out of Lansing and outgrowing its space next to the Rogues Harbor Inn. The sale price was $75,000. About two acres will be set aside as wetlands, while the remaining property will be developed into a brewery and taproom. Town supervisor Ed LaVigne favorably compared the proposal to the Ithaca Beer Company facility in Inlet Valley in the town of Ithaca.

Brian Crandall

Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at bcrandall@ithacavoice.com.