Familiar face around Marcellus
By Rick Seltzer
William Lucchetti stepped from the doorway of the Marcellus Village Office without waiting for the heavy rain to slow. Carting no umbrella, he walked swiftly down the block to one of the businesses he owns in the village, Ja Spa & Fitness.
Inside, he pulled off his tie and sports coat, leaving him in a shirt and jeans, and cracked open an energy drink. Taking a sip from the can, he began to tour the gym.
He walked through a room with exercise bikes and jokingly called it the "Armstrong Room." He explained that one room used to be a garage before he renovated it and filled it with weights. Then, he stepped on to a set of grated metal stairs that descended in the corner of the gym. Underneath the steps, a waterfall splashed onto a stone well.
"This is one of the original wells in Marcellus," he said, raising his voice with pleasure. "We found it while we were building the door outside."
The developer started buying and renovating buildings like the Crown Mill, which houses the Ja Spa, in Marcellus in 2003. He was elected a village trustee in 2006. When he took office that April, he also assumed the role of deputy mayor. Now, he is shaping the Marcellus village government as well as its buildings.
The new Lester Norris?
Lucchetti declined to discuss his net worth or the amount of money he has spent in the village, but he said the Marcellus office of his company, MacReport.Net, handles "literally billions of dollars of publicly traded companies."
MacReport.Net is an Internet-based media company that serves businesses, according to its Web site.
Only one other person in the village's history has developed such a large number of properties as Lucchetti, said Peg Nolan, president of the Marcellus Historical Society.