Brewerton revitalization plans ready financially

Money to promote and plan a new era for the hamlet of Brewerton was approved by the Cicero town board at their meeting Nov. 29.

Councilors voted unanimously to use the $125,000 allocated earlier this month from the state for the first phase of the rebuilding. Half will go toward planning, and half will go toward marketing the hamlet to attract future businesses, which are vital to the success of the project, according to Cicero Town Supervisor Chet Dudzinski.

"Outside investors are already calling to see when they can start developing Brewerton," Dudzinski said.

If all goes as planned, the board estimated the town would rake in an additional $640,000 in tax revenue, if $25 million was dropped into the hamlet by private investing.

"That's a very realistic estimate," said Town Attorney Mark Wladis, who assisted in the planning.

The board discussed the possibility of using a environmental design firm to handle Brewerton's planning, and a marketing firm to sell development space along the waterfront.

"Brewerton used to be a hotspot for tourism," Dudzinski said. "With this plan, it will be again."

Dudzinski said he plans to visit the capitol on Nov. 11 to appeal for more money from Sen. Chuck Schumer and Congressman Jim Walsh.

No business is good business

In addition, the board unanimously passed a resolution that will halt any commercial development in the hamlet until the board gives the green light.

"We want to make sure that everything looks the way we planned," Dudzinski said. "We have a certain theme and certain look in mind. We don't want to have one guy using wood, another using metal, and another using brick. This way everything stays even."

Deputy Supervisor Jim Corl said the road to a better Brewerton will hinge upon this "common theme" and input from investors before the dirt starts flying.

"Because this revitilization effort is dependent upon outside investors, we certainly want their voice when planning the hamlet's future," he said.

The resolution carries a mechanism that can make exceptions for extreme emergencies.

"This way if somebody needs to build an emergency shed, they will be able to build one," said Councilor Bill Ryback.

Councilors said to expect construction to start by late spring early summer next year.

"We want to get things going by June -- at the latest," Dudzinski said.

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