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Cicero discusses leasing rights for Loretto project

"I promise you," Rivizzigno said. Although the board took the town attorney's "promise" with humor, there appeared to be some misunderstandings to the original covenant that was being discussed.

One town resident addressed the board and said this was "too big an issue" and that the approval should be delayed and put in writing so that people would be informed.

Town Councilor Jessica Zambrano made efforts to remind the town board and all residents in attendance that the agenda item being discussed was simply about a release needed so that Pioneer could move forward with the Loretto project.

Zambrano also mentioned that the Green House Project was the first plan to have been proposed in many years for the New Dimensions property.

Boyke told the Star-Review after the meeting, that there was further development interest in the New Dimensions property.

"After the Loretto announcement, an interest has been perked by agencies in regards to developments in that particular area," Boyke said. "Developers realized there's potential."

When it came time to vote for the approval, town councilors Conway and Corl were opposed while Boyke, Zambrano and Town Councilor Lynn Jennings voted yes.

Corl said there were "too many unanswered questions," so he was unable to vote in favor of the release right for the New Dimensions property. Although Corl voted in favor of the Loretto project at the last town meeting, he said he wanted to know if there was room for negotiation on the right to release.

Boyke said there was ample time to have "questions answered" and that the pre-agenda meeting held Tuesday Feb. 9 gave her enough preparation to fully understand the agenda item that states the "release the right to lease certain property" to Pioneer.

"I would like to see this project move forward," Boyke said. "Other developments such as chiropractors, dentists or even a pharmacy could be a good fit for the New Dimensions property."

Pictured above, Cicero Town Supervisor Judy Boyke answers a resident's question during the Feb. 10 town meeting. PHOTO BY FARAH JADRAN PIKE

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