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.