Housing project moving forward

MAYFIELD – A housing project at Paradise Point along the Great Sacandaga Lake is getting closer to the start of construction.

Last week, the Town Board approved sewer and storm-drain districts necessary for the project, which has been proposed for several years.

The housing project, which would be called Lakeview Apartments at Paradise Point, would sit on 26 acres and include a 1,000-foot-long beach and 24 boat slips. It would provide homes for 20 people in six buildings. Some buildings would have two units in them and some would have six units, said town Supervisor Richard Argotsinger.

The project would be at the former site of the Jewish Community Center’s day camp.

Paradise Point Development Corp. President David Huckans purchased the 26 acres in 2007.

Argotsinger said Huckans would build the infrastructure necessary for sewer treatment, pipes and drains, and the town would manage the sewage operation.

Argotsinger said there would be no cost to the town.

Only residents at the housing project would benefit from the sewer and storm-drain districts.

Argotsinger said the project would begin once all the permits have been approved.

The housing project would have wells for water.

In 2009, the original plan was to complete the housing project by 2010.

According to Huckans, a misstep in planning caused a delay. Originally, Huckans thought the sewer and storm districts could be built and then run by a homeowners association for Lakeview Apartments. However, Huckans said that would not be feasible, so he had to establish the districts with the town.

Huckans said he’s waiting for paperwork and approvals. He said he will need the final sewer and storm districts’ paperwork and approval from the state Department of Health and the state Department of Environmental Conservation. After that, he will need a building permit from the town.