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Cicero: Hancock Airpark, workshops discussed

Airpark project phases IV and V to move forward upon highway superintendent's contingency

Representatives from C&S Engineers shared desired plans for the next two phases in the infrastructure and roadway improvements for the Hancock Airpark's project during the 7 p.m. March 10 Cicero Town Board meeting.

The plans were first approved in 2001-02, however, the project has been completed in phases according with appropriated funds and town approval. This project is completely funded and at no cost to the town.

The improvements are being done in order to have the 5,300 square-foot property in a condition which could be more marketable for commercial companies to purchase.

The next two phases, which are IV and V, would consist of constructing on-site drainage, according to Department of Environmental Conservation standards, using both Onondaga and Oneida lakes' run-off. There would also be two storm water management basins inside cul-de-sacs on the property.

Cicero Highway Superintendent Christopher J. Woznica suggested that the Town Board wait on approval because of concerns he had on the catch basins in the cul-de-sacs.

Deputy Supervisor Jessica Zambrano suggested that the agenda item be approved upon the contingency of Woznica's suggestions.

Lori Dietz, assistant to the president of the Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York, also spoke on behalf of the project and said that the property has had about $30 million invested thus far.

Dietz said the development has brought "40 acres back" into the town's tax roll with 500 jobs at the site.

Zoning change at the Route 11 Wal-Mart site

The Town Board set a public hearing for the community to hear a request to change a property from regional commercial to general commercial so that the frontage would be built out at 200 feet instead of 500 feet.

The Wal-Mart property is located off Route 11 between Lincoln Avenue and Stevens Drive.

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