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Inn and Spa proposed along Canandaigua Lake
South Bristol, N.Y. - The town of South Bristol is looking at a proposal for new development on Canandaigua Lake.
It's an inn and spa project that was first submitted to the Town of Canandaigua. An application to rezone the site on Middle Cheshire Road to a Plan Unit Development, or PUD, was denied at a town board meeting in 2013.
On Monday night the developer presented the project for Everwilde Inn & Spa to the South Bristol town board.
It was standing room only as residents came to hear and be heard about what could be built in their town.
"We moved to this area because we loved its rural nature and I would like to see it remain that way so I'm not at all in favor of this kind of development," said David Danahar, who lives across the street from the 45 acres of land along Seneca Point Road, where developers are hoping to build the inn and spa. It's land that's currently zoned for housing.
"We're planning to have it rezoned and only build on 30-percent of this property," said spokesperson for Everwilde Inn & Spa Howie Jacobson. "We want to leave 2/3rds of it as vegetation and the way it is right now, so we plan to leave it in its natural state."
The proposed inn and spa has 50 rooms, 18 spa treatment rooms, a restaurant, bakery and lake access.
South Bristol Town Supervisor Barbara Welch explained it's still very early in the process, one that the town rarely goes through.
"This isn't something the town has great experience in as far as the application process," said Welch. "But certainly there's evidence the town has done due diligence as evidence of Bristol Mountain and Bristol Harbor, they're both examples of successful planned developments."
A track record the town wants to continue, according to Welch. Which is why they're asking for more information from the developer before the project is reviewed by the board.
Traffic and noise were some other concerns people living in the area have about the development.
Jacobson said they will work with the community and ideally would like to open in the inn and spa in 2016.