Spring dawns on a new village of Marcellus

A 'whole new village'

Independent of the 2006-2010 village reconstruction projects, but during the same timeframe, three other major construction/reconstruction projects occurred in the village: a new state-of-the-art library was constructed, the inspiring Upper Crown Condominiums rose like a phoenix from the ruins of the old Upper Crown Mill, and the Marcellus School District campus underwent its own impressive reconstruction project. All of these projects dove-tailed wonderfully with the village reconstruction projects - after all, all three projects are bounded by streets the village renovated (the school campus sits along the intersection of Reed Parkway and North Street, and the new library and the Upper Crown Condominiums are at the intersection of Maple Street and Orange Street). Although independent of the village's actions, these other projects did influence the village reconstruction project to the extent that they only increased the need for the nearby village infrastructure to be of solid durability.

The immensity of all of these combined improvements in the village (especially when further combined with the village's earlier reconstruction of Main Street and South Street during the Eisenberg administration) fully occurred to me and my wife and me as we attended our 20th Marcellus High School Class Reunion in late 2010. At the reunion, so many returning classmates - including those who had not visited the village in so little as even just a few short years - commented again and again at their pleasant shock at seeing what seemed to them as nothing short of a "whole new village."

The prequel

I have come to learn that the very nature of any large reconstruction project is such there is always an even larger story behind it comprised of all the design, funding, administration and other work that goes on behind the scenes (and often unnoticed by much of the public). These enormous projects did not just happen overnight, of course. The early roots, in fact, predate me. The Eisenberg Administration began the design and the lobbying effort for the funding for North, Maple and Orange Streets - in fact, Mayor Eisenberg lobbied for North Street for nine years. The Eisenberg Administration also had negotiated a deal with the town board and OCWA (the Onondaga County Water Authority) to improve some village water pipes and to switch from village reservoir water to OCWA water.

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