Despite some local opposition, construction is scheduled to begin July 16 on a US$36m gated marina community on Oneida Lake in Cicero, New York.

The project includes 248 high-end one and two bedroom apartments spread out across 23 acres parking for about 370 cars, and the rebuilding of what was the Lakeshore Marina into a renovated facility accommodating 70 slips for boats up to 30ft. The development also will include a small park, clubhouse, boardwalk and gym.

A group of neighbours were opposed to the project, citing increased traffic and the high density of the apartment complex. The developer, Trey-Jay LLC, told the local planning board the project would not be financially feasible with fewer units, and traffic studies showed the roads can handle the increased number of cars.

Planning Board Chairman Robert Smith told approving the project was a difficult decision. The land is zoned commercial, and allowable uses could have included an RV park, bar, car dealership among other things, he said.

"The family owning the property wanted to sell the land and it's zoned commercial, so the planning board thought a gated community would be the best use,'' Smith said.