North Syracuse mayor Mark Atkinson stands in front of a map of the village of North Syracuse near his office. The green area on the map is the village center which has a new plan about to be adopted by the village board.
continued “It's sitting there,” Atkinson said. “It's for sale. We'd like to see somebody come in there with that building like the other two buildings, but nothing's happened on that one yet. What it allows me to do, though, is to focus on one building as opposed to three buildings. We're going forward here on trying to think of unique ways to get that turned around, some creative thinking that's going to have to come out of this I think. We're willing to work with anyone who’s willing to take that project on like we have with the other two.”
Of course, there is more to the Village Center plan than the three buildings. The $30,000 plan was put together by engineering firm Clough Harbour and Associates. It encompasses the center of the village divided into six sections.
The mayor will be meeting with member of the community in those sections, with at least two meetings per section.
“The best thing with this plan is you go through the whole process of developing the plan and implementing the plan is that the community is involved with it,” Atkinson said. “We had a small core of citizens, some business, some not, [who] live in the village that met with Clough Harbour early on to tell them the things that North Syracuse is and should be and that sort of thing.
One of the recommendations is parking. The village has enough parking, but the lots are disjointed and dispersed in some cases. The plan calls for attempting to unite the lots as best as possible by getting rid of barricades.
The village also wants, when it manages to acquire the funds, to reroute two streets to make things flow better. The mayor noted that these two streets connect an older area of the village to a newer part near the library across from the North Syracuse Community Center. If the streets were reworked, traffic through the area would move more smoothly.