"If the planning board doesn't approve, the changes won't be made," Olson said.
Representatives of Stearns and Wheeler engineering firm, one of five parties that considered the site for rehabilitation, were present with drawings and site plans for the project. The firm indicated that they did intend to purchase the site as well as develop it. However, residents were skeptical about accepting a two-dimensional representation of the plan or having nothing to look at but a piece of paper. The engineers stated they would be willing to work on an electronic, three-dimensional model.
The 24 bungalow-style townhouses will each accommodate four cars, two in a garage and two in the driveway of each house. A traffic study conducted on Clinton Street revealed that more than 5,000 cars pass through the area in a 10-day period. Mayor Olson proposed that trustees consider solutions involving a one-way street on Walnut St. and also noted that parking on both sides of the street could have a calming effect on traffic.
Of major concern is on-site contamination. Syracuse Plastics occupied the 55,000-square-foot site since 1961, molding custom plastics. As a result of contamination at the site, which preceded Syracuse Plastics, there is a concern that contamination could be seeping into the ground, though this has not yet been confirmed. Engineers from Stearns and Wheeler present at the meeting indicated that the site would be decontaminated in sections rather than digging up the entire site at once. Asbestos abatement would be required.
Clean up of Ledyard Canal could also get underway as soon as the old factory is demolished. Residents were quick to indicate that the clean up of the canal should be a priority for the preservation of local history.