Saratoga Associates hosts public meeting at fire house
The town of Cicero residents had the chance to view revised conceptual drafts of the Brewerton Revitalization Project at a public meeting held at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Brewerton Fire Department.
The hour-long meeting was held in order for community members to view and make recommendations on the plans the members of Saratoga Associates developed after reviewing several pieces of past plans that were created for the revitalization project. Saratoga Associates, a landscaping, architecture and engineering firm, is located at 109 S. Warren St., Suite 400, Syracuse. There are also Saratoga locations in New York City and Saratoga Springs.
Meeting attendants were asked to fill out a comment form during and after the meeting so that the design team could use the feedback during the next phase of the project, which will include re-revised plans that incorporate suggestions from tonight's meeting. The next public meeting will be held in February.
Saratoga Associate Brit G. Basinger began the presentation by explaining the main reason for the project. "We like to think about the elements, design and character," said Basinger, who is also a studio director for the firm. The public meeting and responses will help conceptualize "the future of Brewerton."
In terms of scheduling the project, Basinger said the first part will deal with the analysis of the existing conditions of Route 11 and the waterfront. Utilizing what is already in place will reflect the "historical and current cultural opportunities," he said.
The design firm will work with the New York State Department of Transportation to be sure that county and state regulations are followed and benefit the project to the fullest, Basinger said.
Underlined project features include the creation of a community gateway, directive signage for the new implementations, possible bike lanes on Route 11, park pavilions and pedestrian friendliness for both the waterfront and Route 11 projects.