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Brewerton on the hunt for revitalization funds

During a meeting held at the end of March, town of Cicero Supervisor Judy Boyke met with several Brewerton business owners and representatives from Saratoga Associates, the conceptual designers of the Brewerton Revitalization Project.

There were about 12 people from Brewerton area businesses and members of the Brewerton Fire Department who attended to hear the progress of the project that has been in the works for more than a few years.

Boyke said she is most concerned with the funding and the acquisition of the remaining property needed to move forward.

Because much of the acquired funding must be used with "matched spending," Boyke said the project has been slowed down.

"The task has been put on the residents and the business owners," Boyke said. "They have to be creative to come up with the matching funds with things like 'in-kind donations.'"

All options are being explored as the town moves forward in submitting a draft to the New York State Department of Transportation, which includes a dry hydrant for the fire department's pumping access.

After another four weeks, the town should know if the draft was approved or not, according to Boyke.

Currently, the town has $765,000 in budget for the design and conceptualization of the project, however, Boyke said the "bricks and mortar," or the actual construction of the project, is yet to be fully funded.

Some state grants and other funding options are up in the air as the economy has taken a turn for the worse since the project began, Boyke said.

"When we have more concrete information, I will call for a public hearing," Boyke said.

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