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North Syracuse: Hearing set to discuss development funds

The North Syracuse Village Board approved Feb. 14 as the public hearing date for how it will spend community development funds. Preliminary ideas for the usage of the $50,000 in annual funds is under discussion but two plans have come to the forefront.

"We had talked about the central business district and working on the sidewalks and curbing in that area on Main Street," said village of North Syracuse Mayor John Heindorf. "We've also talked about extending sidewalks down Chestnut, we'd like to connect the sidewalk on Chestnut which currently ends at Tolbert Drive down to Heritage Park."

According to Heindorf they are not sure how cost-effective the Chestnut project will be with how much concrete will be needed and the trees that will need to be removed if the plan is accepted. The distance between where the sidewalk ends and Heritage Park is three-tenths of a mile.

"We're going to start checking into the price at the beginning of next week," Heindorf said. "We want to have a public hearing and have everybody there so they're in tune with that and in tune with the cost as well as giving us some ideas."

The town receives the community development funds from Onondaga County Community Development. The money is funneled through the system and originates from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) according to Heindorf. Heindorf also noted that the funds have been the same for the past 18 years.

"$50,000 can limit you, but we're very, very grateful for it," Heindorf said.

Only certain areas of the village are designated as places that can use the funding.

"Those are the places in those designated areas that seem to need the attention most," he said.

If the sidewalk extension on Chestnut St. were chosen then certain trees would need to be chopped down.

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