Canton village board considering subdivision request at University Shopping Plaza
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 2:46 pm

By ADAM ATKINSON

CANTON -- A subdivision request on the Key Bank lot at the University Shopping Center has been sent to the county planning board by the Canton village board for further review and recommendation.

The property is owned by New Venture Assets, LLC, a Syracuse-based holding company.

At the village board meeting Nov. 20, Mayor Michael Dalton said United Helpers, based in Ogdensburg, may be interested in acquiring the property and Key Bank building at the site.

“United Helpers is currently exploring different locations in Canton for service expansion. At this time, no final decisions have been made,” said Steve Knight, United Helpers CEO in an email Wednesday.

The subdivision will be considered by the county planning board and then their recommendations, if there are any, will be returned to the village board for further action.

Under village code, the board of trustees has final say over subdivision requests. Prior to final approval, the village will be obligated to conduct a SEQR (State Environmental Quality review) of the proposed sub-division and hold a public hearing on the matter.

The board set the public hearing for Dec. 18 at 6:20 p.m. and will be notifying neighboring property owners and the lot owner across the street of the change.

A subdivision request for the Burger King building lot, also owned by New Venture, was also reviewed by the board at their meeting. However, that lot already was separate from the larger University Shopping Plaza acreage, and possessed its own tax identification number so no subdivision is required.

Dalton said Burger King has traditionally leased the lot, but is now interesting in owning the property.