Canton trustees approve University Plaza subdivision
Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 8:15 am

By ADAM ATKINSON

CANTON – A subdivision at the University Plaza has been approved by the village board of trustees.

The lot, formerly occupied by Key Bank in the northwestern corner of the plaza, still contains parking spaces and the bank building and is about 0.732 acres, or 31,871 square feet.

United Helpers has expressed interest in acquiring the property said village Mayor Michael Dalton during an meeting last month on the issue.

“While the details, including all approvals, are not yet complete, UH plans to address significant un-met county-wide behavioral health needs with an expansion into Canton,” said United Helpers CEO Stephen Knight in an email. The CEO has said previously that the United Helpers is looking at several locations in Canton to place a mental health clinic in the community.

The village board unanimously passed a resolution approving the subdivision after holding the required public hearing at their meeting Monday, Dec. 18.

The property in the C-2 zone at 5933 U.S. Route 11, is owned by New Venture Assets, LLC., of Dewitt, a domestic limited liability company.

Prior to the subdivision approval, the board reviewed a SEQR (State Environmental Quality review) for the proposal and issued a negative declaration regarding its findings. The SEQR determined that the newly defined lot would have no, or very little impact on the zoning and use of the property, or the character or quality of the existing community.

The SEQR also determined that traffic patterns, water supply and wastewater disposal, natural resources, drainage and human and environmental health in general would not be impacted by the subdivision at the lot.

“It’s not going to be anything different than it was when it was a bank,” said Trustee Carol Pynchon at the meeting.

Dalton said that the county planning board had reviewed the proposal and deemed the subdivision “to have no countywide or intermunicipal significance,” and had returned the matter to the village for final action.

Under chapter 280 of the village code, the Canton mayor and trustees are charged with the review and approval of subdivision requests in the village.