WATERTOWN — Site plans for a proposed 357-unit townhouse complex off Highway 202 were presented to city planners on Tuesday afternoon — the same plans presented in 2014 for an identical complex on the other side of the road.
Pamela D. DeSormo, Town Clerk for the City of Watertown and Co-Chair of the Planning Board, said she recently received a phone call from the resort’s developer, Morgan Route 202 East LLC, who expressed renewed interest. for the housing project on a 47.58 acre site. behind the Walmart on Route 3. Review of the site plan for the project was put on the agenda for the Tuesday afternoon planning board meeting as a result of the roll call.
The project was first proposed seven years ago; it’s still unclear why the company is looking to move forward with its plans at this time.
Site engineer Mark R. Costich, of Costich Engineering, Rochester, presented the identical site plans for Preserve at Autumn Ridge, which is across the road, to city planners on Tuesday afternoon. He said after the meeting that he had no comment on why Morgan Management was showing renewed interest in the project. He added that it was not for him to comment as he is an engineer.
The site plans for the proposed complex are the same as those for the 394-unit Autumn Ridge complex, also on Route 202.
Mr Costich told planners there would be two development phases for the new complex – the first phase would include 214 units and the second phase would include 143 units for a total of 357 units.
There would also be a clubhouse and maintenance facilities.
The two- and three-bedroom rental units would have the same layout as those in the Autumn Ridge complex. They were originally scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017.
Mr. Costich said he did not have an answer on when the project would begin, adding that the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the state Department of Health have yet to approve the project. . He told city planners he would most likely be able to answer that question at the next planning council meeting on September 7.
The next stage of the project is a public hearing, which the planners have planned to hold at the September meeting.
In 2019, Morgan Management — one of Western New York’s biggest developers — ran into legal trouble when founder and CEO Robert C. Morgan and six other company executives were indicted on sweeping charges. federal charges, alleging bank and electronic fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. But now the company is back in the picture with this new project.
Mr. Morgan’s 1170 Pittsford-Victor Road address is listed with the Jefferson County Department of Real Estate as the same address as the owner of the 48-acre site of the new townhouse project. The property is currently valued at $672,100.
Mr Morgan has been indicted, along with his son, Todd Morgan, real estate broker Frank Giacobbe and Frank Tremiti, a former chief financial officer at Morgan Management. The case is still pending in federal court.
Two other people, including Mr Morgan’s nephew, Kevin Morgan, and the company’s former chief operating officer, Scott Creswell, have pleaded guilty to the charges.
Amid legal troubles, the 394 townhouses in Autumn Ridge were sold to an unrelated company of the same name, said Lyle V. Eaton, chief financial officer of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency. Along with approximately 80 other properties it owned, Morgan Management sold the Autumn Ridge Reservation to the new owner, Morgan Properties of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
Times reporter Craig Fox contributed to this report.