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Geneva City Council may sell land near lakeshore

City Council is expected to decide Wednesday night whether it plans to accept an offer by the state for 7.25 acres of city-owned land off Routes 5&20 that would be added to Seneca Lake State Park.

According to the city, the state is offering $181,400 for the parcel, which sits on the northeast side of the entrance to the park.

Fred Bonn, Finger Lakes regional director of the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, is slated to speak before Council about plans for the land.

In October, Bonn told the Finger Lakes Times: “If we are successful, and our offer is accepted, we would continue to maintain the parcel as green space and would look to improve the park entrance signage.”

Three years ago, Council created an uproar when it approved the sale of the land to a developer that wanted to build seasonal rentals on it. The resolution approving the sale was subsequently rescinded because the city’s attorneys said it did not adequately spell out terms of the sale. On a second vote and with public opposition mounting, Council voted it down.

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