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zba october 2008
Schweichler, through his attorney, Alan Knauf, filed the appeal that argues that the proposed Hardwood Manor apartment project being built by James Sickles, owner of Hardwood Properties, at 260 North Street, Caledonia does not meet the village's R-3 zoning requirements.
resident challenges hardwood manor 2006
Hardwood Properties owner James Sickles has maintained for several years that he just wants to complete the plans he had for this property when he originally purchased it.At that time it was zoned R-3 (multi-family buildings permitted) and he planned to construct additional apartments to blend in with the existing rental units he owns at the adjacent Hamilton House at 260 North Street.A village-wide rezoning plan in the late 1990's changed the zoning on those properties to R-2, a code that does not permit multi-family apartment buildings.
Since that time, Sickles
has petitioned the Village of Caledonia
to return the zoning on his
property to R-3 and in March 2006, the Village Board
request and on recommendation of the Village of Caledonia Planning Board
, rezoned the property at 261 North Street, Caledonia to R-2.
"The Village of Caledonia Planning
Board is made up of strong, respectable and knowledgeable people who very thoroughly considered this project," Sickles
called the dismissal of Schweichler's Article 78 proceeding in September 2006 a "victory for the residents of Caledonia who have supported this project from the beginning."
...Schweichler challenged the Village Board and the Planning Board's compliance with SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review), the Planning Board's vote to rezone the property so that the Hardwood Manor project would comply, calling it "spot zoning," and raised concern that there were conflicts of interest between three voting members of the Planning Board and James Sickles, President of Hardwood Properties, the developer for Hardwood Manor.
...Hardwood Properties President Jim Sickles had this to say after learning of the court's decision.
"This decision is a victory for the residents of Caledonia who have supported this project from the beginning and who very much want to remain in the area but have been unable to find suitable housing.This is a wonderful community with many hard working people.It's just too bad that a handful of activists have the ability to nearly cripple growth and make all the other taxpayers carry the burden of expensive legal fees.Caledonia needs to create a more developer friendly environment to attract other high quality projects such as this one.Otherwise, the economic consequences of stagnation will crush this community.We are committed to this Village, and we will do whatever we can to help it thrive", Sickles
said preliminary site work will begin this month with an aggressive construction schedule getting underway in May 2007.
...Jim Sickles, owner of Hardwood Properties, responded to the Article 78 saying, "It's a real shame that the taxpayers will have to pay the costs of defending the Article 78 on a property that was zoned R-3 since 1963 with the intention that a multi-family building would go up there.Hardwood Properties
is just finishing what was intended since 1963.This project has been through the due process.We were very diligent and we complied with every request the Village made to us.The shame here is the cost to the taxpayers," Sickles
The case will be heard in Livingston County Supreme Court
on June 26, 2006.
Commercial Builder | Sickles Corp. Management Team
James D. Sickles
As the founder of Sickles Corp., Jim has been the driving force behind the Company's success.
With over 27 years of experience in all phases of the construction process, Mr. Sickles is equally comfortable in the field and in the boardroom.
Under his direction, the Company has grown from a small carpentry trade contractor to a multi-faceted general contracting firm.
His vision, knowledge of construction and personal integrity are just a few of the leadership characteristics that the employees and clients of Sickles Corp. have relied upon for years.
hardwood manor 2008
With incumbent planning board member Neil Alhart serving as chairperson of the Village of Caledonia Planning Board and four additional alternate members appointed by the village board, the group reviewed the site plan application of Hardwood Properties, the Caledonia-based company of developer James Sickles, who was seeking approval for a 20-unit apartment building on a vacant lot at the corner of North and Church Streets.
first brought the Hardwood Manor project to the planning board for approval in 2005 after the property where it would be built was rezoned from R-2 to R-3, permitting a multi-family dwelling.
"Though I disagree with the site plan approval that this is a corner lot, I wish Mr. Sickles
well with his
After two separate village planning boards gave approval for the project over two years in time, Sickles
is excited to get this project underway for the community.
"We did a thorough review again of this project and put a lot of information on the table for the board members to review.
This group carefully reviewed all of it," Sickles
The next step in the process is to complete the financial plans for the project and obtain a building permit, Sickles
Computer generated 3D image of Hardwood Manor, a 20-unit apartment project to be built on property located at the corner of Church and North Streets in Caledonia.
Village Planning Board
revisits Hardwood Manor project
Developer James Sickles was before the Village of Caledonia Planning Board again on June 11 seeking site plan approval for a 20-unit apartment building to be built by his company, Hardwood Properties, LLC at 261 North Street, Caledonia.
"It's optimized, we've touched on all the elements of concern in the past," Sickles
told the planning board and the residents in attendance.
said there is huge support for the Hardwood Manor project in the village and town.
openly offered to hear concerns from residents at his
Caledonia office but says no one has called with any.
"I personally feel that this is an absolute great project for this town and village.
We want to get this part behind us and move forward with our timeline and anticipate starting the project this fall," he
Schweichler argues that a 2006 zoning change approved by the Village of Caledonia at the request of property owner, James Sickles, constitutes spot zoning.
strongly believes the community needs a high quality multi-family project like Hardwood Manor that allows long-time residents to transition from larger, maintenance-intensive housing to comfortable, no maintenance living.
"This is a great project with widespread support that needs to come to fruition.
It's important to the village for many reasons, but if for no other reason than to maintain the unique fabric of our beautiful community," Sickles
"It's unfortunate that the taxpayers of Caledonia have had to bear the costs of defending several lawsuits brought forth by the local dentist," he
James Sickles, owner of Sickles Corp. and developer of the Hardwood Manor project, says they are cooperating with village engineers and the planning board.
hardwood manor 2005
Developer Jim Sickles says his company is just completing a project for that property that has been contemplated for 30 years.
"The parcel at 261 North Street was zoned R-3 in the early 1970's when the previous property owner planned to develop the vacant lot with a multi-family building, but never completed it.I purchased the property in the mid-1990's with the intention of constructing a multi-family rental unit there," Sickles
was unable to complete the apartment plan because in 1996 the Village Board
at that time changed the zoning in the area to R-2, prohibiting multi-family buildings.About a year ago, Sickles
plan for an apartment building there and requested that the Village Board
return the zoning at 261 North St. to R-3.
We think we have a pretty good package," Sickles
told the Planning Board.
...Hardwood Manor developer and Sickles Corp. owner, Jim Sickles, can finally move forward with plans to break ground on a 21 unit apartment building at 261 North Street after Monday night's 4-1 vote of the Caledonia Village Board to approve the project.
...The property owner and developer, James Sickles, requested that the Village Board change the zoning of the property from R-2 to R-3 (multi-family building) so that his company can proceed with plans to construct a 21-unit upscale apartment complex there.
owns the vacant property at 261 North Street and the adjacent historic Hamilton House, which is also rental property.
The company filed the zoning change request with the village and has prepared a very thorough research package of information to be presented at the public hearing, Sickles
"We have an extremely thorough team of engineers and architects that will present detailed research on this project so that people can hear the facts," Sickles
has strong support for the project from residents of Caledonia who say additional rental housing is desperately needed in the community and that Hardwood Manor fills a need for those residents who do not want to be homeowners for any number of reasons such as busy career professionals and retirees who want to get away from the burden of home ownership.
"It's going to be a great asset to people here," Sickles
...Developer James Sickles says the request to the VB is for the zoning to be changed back to R-3, which it was zoned at the time Hardwood Properties purchased the multi-family historic building and vacant lot in 1996.
Then, in the late 1990's, the VB approved a village-wide zoning proposal that saw numerous changes, including a reduction in the number of R-3 (multi-family) areas in the village.
The zoning change is necessary in order for Hardwood Properties
to proceed with a plan to build a 3 story, 21 unit building featuring 15 two bedroom and six one bedroom upscale apartments.Plans for the complex include a park-like setting with a covered canopy sidewalk, elevator, air conditioning and a fireplace and washer and dryer in each apartment.Sickles
says Hardwood Manor targets the adult/professional and senior citizen tenant with rents starting at under $1,000 a month.He
has a list of about 60 interested people already.
...Hardwood Properties owner, Jim Sickles, plans to bring the Hardwood Manor plan to the Caledonia Village Board this spring.
says the architects for Hardwood Manor designed the building to tie into the historic stature of the existing rental building that already exists on the North Street property.He
says the historic significance of the 1875 "Hamilton House" will be preserved and complimented by the style of the new building.
"A great team of architects and engineers assisted us with this project.They have a great deal of expertise with these types of projects in other areas," Sickles
The Hardwood Manor project is beneficial for the community, Sickles
says, in that it contributes to a much needed tax base, but more importantly, he
added, it will provide a place to live to those residents who have had to move out of Caledonia and would like to come home, and to those looking to get out of the maintenance of home ownership.
"The community has waited a long time for something like this to come to Caledonia.We are taking this project very seriously and are pulling out all the stops to ensure that when all is said and done, our town will have a project that we can all be proud of," Sickles
purchased the property in 1995 when it was zoned R-3 (multi-family permitted).Sickles
said at the time, the purchase was subject to approval for building additional apartments.Since then, the Village of Caledonia
completed a zoning update in 1999 that placed the property in an R-2 area where additional apartments would not be permitted.Sickles
plans to bring the Hardwood Manor proposal to the Village Board
in the next several weeks and will, at that time, request a zoning change for the property to permit the project to move forward.