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EDR presents B'ville with plan for 'village square'

The design presented at last week's village board meeting provided organization, parking and green space for the future village-square.

Paul Fritz of Environmental Design and Research presented the village board with plans for the former Harrington Firehouse space and the area that surrounds it. The plan consisted of 170 parking spaces (the space currently has 165 available parking spots), a small gazebo structure, space for a potential ice rink, an extension to Denio Street, which can be blocked to prevent through traffic, and consideration for possible future development.

"We simply organized the space," Fritz said about EDR's design.

The concept follows the guidelines of the central business district plan that EDR presented to the village last year. Elements of business district plan included enhancing the pedestrian experience, improving vehicular circulation and establishing parameters for private business, each of which are apparent in the plan for the old Harrington Firehouse property along the north shore of the Seneca River.

Fritz followed up with EDR's recommendations to the board to get the project underway, which included obtaining a topographic survey, refining the concept plan, developing a cost estimate, pursuing the funding and completing the design development.

A meeting was held Tuesday evening so the board could receive feedback from the community before proceeding to the next step. For several years, the village board has been speculating what to do with the space.

"It's been eight years," said Jack Baker, a resident of the village. "I think it's time we did something. No more studies."

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