CICERO, N.Y (WSYR-TV) — Developers are getting closer to $30M of financing for a massive project around the Oneida Lake Shoreline in Cicero.
The owners of Lakeshore Country Club want to take that spectacular area that’s been private for so many years and open it up to the public.
“And that’s the reason our development looks the way it does,” Guy Hart Jr. says.
The plan is to create a new resort and village community along the shore of Oneida Lake right around the Lakeshore Country Club.
The club would stay private, but the plan includes things like townhouses, condos, luxury and market-rate apartments, a hotel, local retail shops and maybe — most importantly — more public access to the lake.
Hart, whose development company bought Lakeshore about a year ago, tells NewsChannel 9 the buildings won’t be put up right on the shoreline.
He says, “The Town of Cicero has lost its village because of suburban sprawl, and what we’re going to do here is we’re going to bring back a tight-knit village environment with population, walkable community and a place where we can be stewards of the lake at the same time as taking advantage of its beauty.”
Guy Hart Jr. is a Central New York native, who develops up and down the East Coast.
When he was offered the chance to buy Lakeshore Country Club and do something “grand with it”, he couldn’t say no.
“We did our due diligence and we came to the conclusion that it was not only something we could do but something that we were very fortunate to have the opportunity to be able to do,” Hart Jr. says.
“I’m just looking forward to making this more of a destination for people from all over the region,” says Danny Vault, a partner in Lakeshore Village.
Vault is the owner of The York in Syracuse and Hart brought him on to run Lakeshore’s Lola restaurant and open it to the public.
“There’s so much to offer here and I think once people see what’s to come and we give them that little sample they’re really going to appreciate what we’re bringing to the area,” Vault tells NewsChannel 9.
Lola is open every day except Monday. Tuesday through Friday the hours are 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the bar is open until last call. Saturday hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the bar is open until 2 a.m. Sunday hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., bar open until last call.
The public is welcome to Lakeshore’s July 4th and 5th festivities. It’s $5 for parking and you can buy food and hang out.
Both days are filled with live bands, DJ’s and Friday there will be a fireworks show at dusk!
Plus every Friday after that the public is welcome to what they’re calling Party on the Point outside on the lakefront.
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