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Audio Script: LeMoyne Manor Redevelopment Story
By Hailey René, SALINA, N.Y. (NCC News) — A local development company extended an olive branch to the Town of Salina, but it may have to withdrawal from the project if the town doesn’t meet it halfway. Longley-Jones, a developer in East Syracuse, has offered to downsize its plans for the redevelopment of the historic LeMoyne Manor property, according to Director of Development Scott Dumas. Although the staff is excited about the possibility of this project, they can still back out of the contract if no compromise is reached, Dumas said.
Longley-Jones first offered to build a 90-unit luxury apartment complex overlooking Onondaga Lake which goes outside town zoning laws. Building an apartment complex would call for the town to change the zone from commercial to residential space, allowing for more parking and traffic.
The company offered a new proposal this week that cut the plans in half, according to Town Supervisor Mark Nicotra. The town board plans to vote on the project March 12.
“I think with them [Longley-Jones] coming back and proposing 45 units, I think the board is certainly more inclined to approve it than they were a few weeks ago,” Nicotra said.
Scott Dumas, the director of development at Longley-Jones, said the company has big plans to build a net-zero building. Net-zero means the building would have no overall energy consumption or carbon emissions, making it environmentally friendly. Although this is an expensive task, Dumas said it is something the company strives for in all its projects.Dumas is hopeful that the new plan will appease the town board. He said that at the end of the day, however, the company will back out if they have to forfeit their overall vision too much.