The RED SHIRT clad FRIENDS OF MIKES POND will be in Town Hall tonight at 7 p.m to discuss the rezoning of Mikes Pond. The Pond is currently split zoned commercial and residential. The pond owners, The Livingston Parkway Association, has requested that the entire pond be rezoned residential, an item which was tabled last fall upon objection from Iskalo, who proposes the Hyatt hotel on the banks of the pond. The rezone itself is accomplished by the Town authorization of the change in zoning classification and the adoption of a survey of the pond, which sets forth its shape and size. Iskalo maintains that the pond is in fact, smaller that it is in actuality, thus allowing for their massive hotel to ‘fit” on this small, irregularly shaped lot in the backyards of the Livingston Parkway neighbors.
The Iskalo Hyatt won a huge victory last week when the Zoning Board of Appeals approved, without comment or discussion, nine variances for the proposed Hyatt, moving it a step closer to reality. Further, Iskalo has an additional request on the agenda of the Amherst IDA (this is the THIRD request from the gift giving IDA) for 3-22 for an additional $2 Million in preferential tax treatment.
We are not going away. This project is NOT a done deal until the town issues a building permit. We are hoping to engage the Town Board in a discussion of the Hyatt tonight. We believe it is prudent and appropriate that the Town Board weigh in on this project and state for the record and in public just how this project will blend in to Snyder and just how this is something envisioned by the Comprehensive Plan, said Michele Marconi, one of the organizers from FRIENDS OF MIKES POND. Over 90% of parcel rezoning requests which come before the Town board are approved. However, most are from developers requesting a land rezone to commercial. This request is from homeowners, asking that part of their backyard be rezoned to residential.
“We are not asking for special treatment, we are asked for equal treatment, or minimally consistent with the preferential treatment afforded Iskalo and other commercial developers in Amherst. We expect the rezone request to be approved., Marconi said.
Town Board meeting tonight 7 p.m.