Planners will recommend permitting demolition
In recent months the issue of the construction of a new town hall building has been at the forefront of many minds within the town and village of Marcellus.
The current proposal calls for the demolition of the house that held the former Yuhas real estate offices at 22 East Main St.
When the town purchased the property in 2004 the plan was for the site to be used to replace the current town hall, a former bank built in 1913.
"We've just been waiting for a permit from the village," Town Supervisor Daniel T. Ross said. "We are waiting to get the permits for demolition from them and we hope to be able to begin construction by next year."
According to village planning board chair Richard Kelly, the board initially responded that the permit was subject to the approval of site plans, but Kelly sai that this is incorrect.
"Our lawyer looked into it," Kelly said. "And site plans have to be approved for new construction and not for demolition so we can't refuse the permit based on those grounds that we had previously stated."
The issue of tearing down the house has been a rather hot topic in Marcellus, many citing the historical value of the house. Dating back to the 1800's, the house contains a great deal of original woodwork and leaded glass and at various times has served as the home and meeting place of early founders and leaders of Marcellus.
At this month's planning board meeting, Kelly said that he saw an unprecedented show of support by town and village officials in favor of moving forward with the project.
"The mayor and the town supervisor were there," Kelly said, "as well as board members. It showed me a really strong resolve on their part as they presented options for a new town hall it shows that they are serious and want to move forward with the project."