Developer Eric Goetzman speaks about the proposed subdivision of Lansing Meadows senior housing complex at a Village of Lansing Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 6.

Developer Eric Goetzman speaks about the proposed subdivision of Lansing Meadows senior housing complex at a Village of Lansing Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 6. 

 

Developers of the Lansing Meadows senior housing complex spoke in front of the Village of Lansing Board of Trustees on Jan. 6, requesting an amendment to district regulations of the complex’s Planning Development Area (PDA) to permit them to subdivide a parcel of land to sell off three individual townhouses.

One of the developers, Eric Goetzman, said this would be the ideal move to make due to the increase in competitiveness to the local rental climate.

“We feel that selling the properties off would be beneficial to both the village and to developer in terms of a long-term strategy for homeownership in the Village of Lansing,” Goetzman said.

The changes Goetzman, along with developer Jim Bold, requested were to the lot size and lot-width furnish of the properties. The square footage of the buildings themselves will not change. Goetzman said the Tompkins County requirements for individuals to live in senior housing will not change.

“The requirements would not change,” he said. “A certain percentage has to be rented to people 55 or over.”

Goetzman also said if a couple were to rent out one of the houses, one of the people living there has to be at least 55-years-old. Some board members, along with Village Attorney William Troy, expressed concern regarding the enforceability of having the houses rented out to people who are 55-years-old or older. Troy asked whether it would be the village’s or the county’s responsibility to verify that at least one person meets the age requirement.

“It’s part of the real estate transaction,” Goetzman said. “I think there’s a testament that has to be made in the purchase agreement that at least one of the two people is 55 plus. It’s also in the bylaws associated with the common area agreement as well.”

Bold said if anyone would be the one to enforce this requirement it would be the Homeowners Association (HOA) through the homeowners agreement. Because the agreement is a legal document, if one were to violate the age requirement the HOA’s legal governing body would handle the situation, according to Goetzman.

Mayor Don Hartill said he would like to have a statement from the county saying that the proposed changes to the lot size and lot-width furnish are acceptable, which Goetzman said he thought would not be necessary, but he would still try to get one regardless. 

The board concluded the discussion with that it will further consider the amendments once it receives the marked-up document illustrating the changes.

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Elisabeth Hegarty

If the developer wanted this property to be approved for units to be sold, the developer should have applied for this type of site use in the beginning. However, since it was much easier to obtain approval for use of the site as a low-income senior citizen rental housing complex, the developer first tried for the more easily obtained approval. However, now, at the 11th hour, greed has now reared its ugly head and the developer wants some of the units to be available for sale, thus enriching his/their pockets. This proposal totally defeats the purpose of the project - a housing complex devoted to low-cost rental units for senior citizens. I hope the Lansing Town Planning Board does NOT approve this underhanded application that will NOT help the senior citizens of Lansing who need low-income housing.