Board Sets Hearing On Waterfront Property

CELORON – The lakefront property being marketed for sale in Celoron may one day have high-end housing.

Recently, the Celoron Village Board scheduled a public hearing for 6:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, to discuss the possibility of townhouses and condos being developed on the property where the old Celoron Amusement Park was once located.

Scott Schrecengost, Celoron mayor, said, after some discussion by the village’s Planning Board and attorney, the sale of the property may be easier with more options available to developers.

”When rezoning the property, all discussion we had on the (Local Waterfront Revitalization Program) was about most people wanting small businesses, but since these are high-end housing it makes sense to include them,” Schrecengost said.

When asked by The Post-Journal if potential developers for the land want to construct condos and townhouses on the property, Schrecengost said he doesn’t have that information. He said attorneys for Northwest Savings Bank, which owns the property, feel the property will be easier to sell if there are more options for developers.

”The bank’s outlook on it is the more they can offer the better,” Schrecengost said.

The village’s revitalization implementation committee decided last year the first step in a waterfront plan should be to construct a boardwalk in the park, and for other park improvements. The waterfront revitalization plan stems from the $36,000 in state funding village officials received in January 2010. Since the announcement of the grant, village officials and residents have been working toward the development of the park along Chautauqua Lake. The grant was used toward a development plan for a waterfront project around Lucille Ball Memorial Park.

In June, CBRE, an international real estate services company, held a call for offers for the property at 10 Dunham Ave., Celoron. CBRE was hired by Northwest Savings Bank to sell the property where the amusement park was located from 1894 to 1962.