Author: Michael Joslyn

Proposed Zoning Changes for Seneca Dairy Project Under Review

The proposed re-zoning for the Seneca Dairy Systems, LLC manufacturing project has been forwarded to the Town of Romulus Planning Board and the Seneca County Planning Board for review. The three phase project (phase one of which is a galvanizing plant) to build a new manufacturing facility on a portion of the former Seneca Army Depot will require a change to existing zoning at the location of the proposed plant.

Kim Nason of the Phillips Lytle law firm representing Seneca Dairy as well as Earl Martin principal owner of the LLC were present at the July 25 Town Board meeting to present the request. The proposed zoning change is only one of the tasks that are required before the project can go forward. Concurrently, a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) has been filed and is under review. The Seneca County IDA acting as the lead agency for the SEQR process is coordinating that submission and review.

A public hearing concerning the proposed zoning change has been scheduled for August 21, 2019 at 7:00PM at the Romulus Town Hall. The public will be able to ask questions and make comments about the proposed change.

Seneca County IDA Sponsors Public Information Session for Seneca Dairy Systems Proposal

The Seneca County IDA, acting as the lead agency in handling compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act for the Seneca Dairy Systems LLC proposed galvanizing plant on the former Seneca Army Deport property, has scheduled a public information session for Wednesday, July 24 at 6:00 PM at the Town of Romulus’ Town Hall in Willard on the application for the project’s financial subsidy package. Seneca Dairy Systems LLC, is seeking a package of tax breaks for the project including sales tax exemptions valued at $1.36 million over 10-12 years and a mortgage recording tax exemption worth $90,000.

The public is invited to attend.

Public Information Session Held by Seneca Dairy Systems LLC on Proposed Expansion

The lawyers representing Seneca Dairy Systems LLC held a public information session on July 11 at the Romulus Fire hall to provide information on the proposed expansion on the former Army depot property. Attorneys Kimberly Nason and David Cook, from the Phillips Lytle law firm, and Earl Martin, principal owner of Seneca Dairy Systems LLC were in attendance to present plans for a proposed 10-year, three-stage $20 million project that would eventually comprise 221,600 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and office space on a 75-acre site within the former Seneca Army Depot.

The session was attended by about 30 people and it’s primary focus was on the plan to build a 48,600-square-foot steel galvanizing mill. While the plan seems to represent a less serious environmental threat than the recently defeated incinerator project, there is still a significant amount of skepticism. Local officials, businesses, and environmental groups as well as the public remain concerned especially in light of the furor and lawsuits that were the outcome of Circular EnerG’s efforts to build the world’s largest trash incinerator on the property.

To his credit, Mr. Martin has been more open and forthcoming than the shadowy organization behind the incinerator project. Despite that, there are a number of concerns including waste disposal and more detailed plans for Phases 2 and 3 that will need to be addressed before the public will be comfortable with his project.