Van Buren designates blighted areas

As part of the Community Rehabilitation Program of Community Development Block Grant, Van Buren officials have designated parts of the Downer Street Road commercial area and State Fair Boulevard commercial area as blighted. This designation will allow business owners in the designated areas to apply for up to a $10,000 matching grant to use for fa ade and exterior improvements.

"It's good for businesses to have a few extra bucks to fix things up," said Supervisor Claude Sykes, who said the village of Baldwinsville has used the program for the past 15 years.

Sykes added that the town had received two letters of support, one from each area.

Memphis Park renamed

Residents of Memphis who petitioned to rename Memphis Park have had their request approved. The park will now be known as Christopher C. Simpson Memorial Park in honor of a resident who was killed in Iraq on March 19 this year.

Van Buren officials plan to have an unveiling ceremony at the park sometime in the near future.

Zone change consideration

An asphalt plant could be built along Van Buren Road.

A public hearing regarding the issue was held May 6 at the Van Buren town hall. Plant developers seek to rezone 40 acres along Herman and Walters Road to allow construction of the asphalt plant. Company representatives said they plan to leave setbacks of 150 to 200 feet on all sides along with trees to mitigate any environmental impact.

Representatives also addressed traffic and odor concerns stating the majority of trucks would travel Interstate 690 to Van Buren Road to get to the site (with the exception of local trucks making local deliveries). Any odors generated by the site would be limited because everything is in an enclosed area leaving no place for emissions to escape.

The plant would create hot mix asphalt and paving materials to pave roads. Primary materials used would be sand, gravel, crushed stone and asphalt cement with regular operation hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays with no hours on Sunday, although some contracts may require operation outside the normal hours.

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