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Emerald Acres project gets final nod in Pamelia

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After approving the conceptual design of Emerald Acres subdivision in October 2010, the Pamelia Planning Board gave its final nod Wednesday that will enable local developers to build 53 single-family houses at the northeast corner of Graham Road and Route 37.

Developers Guy H. Javarone and his son, Gaetano H., showed the board that the project’s infrastructure plan was given final approval by the state departments of Health and Environmental Conservation. Those were the final approvals needed by the Javarones to break ground on the project, which they’ve spent the last two years attempting to get approved. Last fall, the Javarones managed to secure taxpayer-backed loan commitments totaling $575,000 from agencies, citing the need for housing at Fort Drum; those loans were approved in spite of the town’s ongoing opposition to the project’s infrastructure.

The project’s first phase includes 19 houses to be built this year; the remaining 34 units would be done by summer 2014 on the 5.5-acre parcel.

“We’ve come to an agreement on the infrastructure plan,” Guy Javarone said after the meeting Wednesday, but declined further comment.

The Javarones faced an unexpected hurdle this winter when they discovered the Town Council rejected the infrastructure design for the project, which prevented the Health Department and DEC from approving the plan. They recently met the town’s conditions by altering the plan for water and sewer pipes, which made the project eligible for state approval.

Mr. Javarone has a sour history with Town Supervisor Lawrence C. Longway, who opposed the infrastructure plan when it was first presented to the town in the spring of 2011. Mr. Longway complained that the water and sewer valves on pipes located under roads would be hard for workers to gain access to, and that there was limited space for workers to repair plumbing lines.

Mr. Longway has recused himself from communicating directly with the Javarones since 2011, when they filed a lawsuit against the town. But he said Wednesday that members of the Town Council recently resolved infrastructure concerns with the Javarones. Changes were made to the design of pipes located beneath the concrete foundations of houses, for example, to make them easier for workers to repair.

The town is responsible for repairs “if the waterline ever develops a leak, but these houses are going to be built on concrete,” Mr. Longway said. “We needed a bigger pipe underneath the wall and floor that can be changed easily.”

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