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Cicero discusses leasing rights for Loretto project

Covenant in New Dimensions Corp. property agreement becomes cause for concern

Cicero town residents were fired up about the Cicero Commons project at town hall during the regular 7 p.m. town board meeting Wednesday Feb. 10.

An approval of agreement to "release the right to lease certain property" to Pioneer Realty Company, Inc., was brought before the Cicero Town Board.

The right to release was on tonight's agenda because the town board is currently entertaining an agreement to allow Loretto's $25 million Green House Project to be built on 18 acres of the westerly portion of the 120 acres of the Cicero Commons property.

Cicero Town Supervisor Judy Boyke specified that "the Cicero Commons be referred to as the New Dimensions Corp.

property" because it is the current owner of said property.

Each time the property has switched owners, a "covenant" was also carried over through each contract, according to Town Attorney Anthony Rivizzigno.

The covenant is written into the contract so that the town can release the rights of a piece of property for title insurance purposes, said Rivizzigno.

There was discussion among board members about the location of the Loretto development in relation to the once proposed location for a new town hall on the New Dimensions property.

Town Councilor Vern Conway said the proposed town hall location would be near the Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero. Conway asked the town attorney why the proposed location was not written into the contract.

Rivizzigno said he didn't believe the town was ready to do anything in terms of establishing a specific site for a new town hall without appropriated funds.

Town Councilor Jim Corl suggested the town look into whether or not a release fee could be enforced upon Pioneer or future interested developers.

Rivizzigno asked Corl and the board why a release fee would be necessary when Loretto is currently establishing 100 percent funding for the Green House Project. Before the board voted, Rivizzigno ensured the councilors and Supervisor Boyke that they were merely "releasing the right on a piece of property".

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