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Cicero reviews Brewerton Revitalization

Preliminary plans to be sent to state DOT

The day after some concerns were expressed about the town of Cicero's current standing on the issue of the Brewerton Revitalization project, another preliminary planning meeting was held. Cicero Supervisor Judy Boyke attended the Jan. 14 meeting along with the board's project liaison, Town Councilor Vernon Conway.

Boyke and Conway met with representatives from Saratoga Associates to talk about concept decisions and funding options.

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.

The firm designed four conceptual designs for residents to critique at a meeting held in December 2009.

Residents who attended the Dec. 21 public meeting at the Brewerton Fire Department were asked to fill out a comment form during and after the meeting. The forms were distributed so that the design team could use the feedback during the next phase of the project, which will include re-revised plans that incorporate collaborative suggestions. The next public meeting will be held in February.

Conway said the main topic of discussion was funding and planning with the New York State Department of Transportation. The hour-long meeting led the group to focus on locating as much funding as possible while Conway said Saratoga Associates will begin submitting the two plans the town will move forward.

Of the two plans, one will be a primary choice and the other will act as a "back-up" plan for the state DOT to review, Conway said.

Because the primary option incorporates ramps for fire department usage, Boyke said there will be further discussion with the Brewerton Fire Department since that crew will be maintaining their allocated area of the park.

This concept also includes a one-way vehicle entrance, a farmer's market venue complete with restrooms, about 25 parking spaces, ample lighting and bushes rather than trees.

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