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A controversial proposal to build the $30 million to $40 million Southpointe retirement village and commercial development on Grand Island failed again Tuesday night to gain town approval.

Consultants and representatives of Co-Operators Development Corporation Ltd. of Ontario, sponsors of the 284-acre Southpointe project, met for three hours with Island officials, hoping to win approval of a revised draft environmental impact statement.

But Town Board members, department heads and their consultants said they still are not satisfied with the statement or convinced that Southpointe is a viable project that will not ultimately cost the town money.

Town representatives said the impact statement does not answer their questions.

Southpointe representatives accused the town of delaying tactics in refusing to schedule a required public hearing.

Supervisor James H. Pax said he believes "some progress" was made at Tuesday's workshop and that a public hearing could be held in by January.

At the conclusion of the meeting it was agreed that the town's position will be put in writing and submitted to Southpointe for a possible revised environmental impact statement.

The revised study is to be in the Town Board's hands for its Nov. 18 meeting.

Southpointe has threatened legal action if the town does not schedule a public hearing, but Co-Operators Vice President and General Manager Karl L.J. Wettstein said that the developer does not want to do that "because it is in no one's best interest."

The project has been 4 1/2 years in the planning. Among the environmental impact issues are traffic, zoning and sewers.

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