DeWitt Planning Board awards three 2009 developments

Developments honored at annual Parratt-Schick Awards ceremony

Christian Brothers Academy and Hueber-Breuer Construction, Holiday Inn Express and 5775 Bridge Street were honored Jan. 14 with Parratt-Schick Awards of Excellence during the regular DeWitt Planning Board meeting. Local officials including town councilors Kerry Mannion (planning board liaison), Irene Scruton and Tony Albanese, and newly-elected Judge Bob Jokl were present.

"The planning board -- and some of you are here to present a project -- they're kind of like a mean old principal at school, and they practice tough love sometimes too much -- and that means saying no, no, no, no, no," Mannion said. "The three projects that we have tonight -- those are the students that are getting A plus' in the school -- because to get a Parratt-Schick Award from this planning board is comparable to getting an A plus on your test."

CBA and Hueber-Breuer Construction were recognized for expansion and modernization of its new outdoor athletic facilities, which, through dedicated project consultants, assured the community that a major athletic facility is compatible with a residential neighborhood.

"This was an eye-opening experience for me," said CBA Athletic Director Buddy Wleklinski. "We're involved in athletics and we had in our minds a vision of what we wanted for our students, of what we felt was appropriate for our students, and to see the final product of what our vision was, it is just truly amazing."

Wleklinski praised the board for its procedural recommendations and credited Hueber-Breuer for its commendable performance in building the facility.

Michael Dougherty was awarded for his redevelopment of 5775 Bridge Street, transitioning a large warehouse/showroom to a modern retail facility. His vision and cooperation throughout the process, which resulted in increased parking, safe access and a new facade, dramatically improved the entire property, "and served as a catalyst for Bridge Street redevelopment," read the 2009 Resolution.

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