Lago: We will meet or exceed all environmental standards

Two Lago Resort & Casino partners – Thomas C. Wilmot, Sr., Wilmorite Chairman, and M. Brent Stevens, Managing Member of Peninsula Pacific – announced that Lago will meet or exceed all environmental standards as it submits more than 3,000 pages of environmental reports to the Town of Tyre. The Town is currently conducting its second review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). Wilmot and Stevens noted that this environmental review is comprehensive and demonstrates Lago’s commitment to full compliance with the standards governing environmental reviews under SEQRA.“We have said since day one that we intend to be good neighbors and that commitment has never wavered. Yes, Lago is about creating good paying construction and permanent jobs, boosting tourism and providing much needed revenues to local governments throughout the region, however, we will do so without in any way compromising the environment of this magnificent region,” Wilmot said. “We are a third generation, family-owned business based in the Finger Lakes. We are treating this project as if we were building it in our back yard, because that’s exactly what we’re doing.”“Our company has been involved in resort, casino and other development projects in many jurisdictions across the United States. I’ve never been involved in a project that has taken more care to protect the natural resources and nature of the community than we are doing with Lago,” Stevens said. “We have listened to the community every step of the way and have taken steps to address every legitimate concern that has been raised.” “I have developed numerous projects in the Finger Lakes region, and I cannot imagine a more comprehensive environmental analysis than the one being undertaken for Lago,” Wilmot said. Among the design features included in Lago’s SEQRA documentation submitted to the Town:– Wetland avoidance – project avoids and preserves all State and Federally regulated wetland areas, which have otherwise been protected from disturbance and encroachment.- Forever wild area – preservation of more than 24 acres of mature wooded areas, including a 10-acre forever wild area.- Bird-friendly design – use of window glass on the portions of the improvements; lighting fixtures will be LED and Dark Sky compliant.- Alternative energy – solar energy system incorporated into project design to reduce peak electrical loads.- State-of-the-art storm water management – comprehensive storm water management plan that will improve water quality and manage storm water runoff in compliance with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation storm water quality and quantity standards.- LEED Certification – building design elements and measures make project eligible for Leadership in Energy & Environmental design (LEED) Silver Certification, including state of the art energy-saving heating and cooling equipment and building design.- Traffic mitigation measures – shared lanes for buggies, pedestrians and cyclists; expansion of roadways; new and improving signals at identified intersections; NYS Thruway bridge expansion.- Improving water supply – extending the Town’s water main under the Thruway to provide an opportunity for a potable water supply to Town residents- Integrated Pest Management – IPM emphasizes the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms and significantly reduce herbicide and pesticide laden runoff from the previously associated agricultural fields.“Make no mistake, environmental standards are important. Lago has been and will continue to be held to a high standard – and that’s as it should be,” Wilmot said. “We have continued to make this project even better as we hear comments and suggestions from local officials. There is simply not a single environmental standard that Lago will not meet or exceed.”

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