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Village board reviews current projects

Officials discuss status of Riverside Drive, Clark Street bridge

Pictured is the site on Riverside Drive for a purposed medical center. The yellow building, 118 Albany St., second from right, is currently being considered for acquisition by the village to construct a road that directly links the purposed medical center parking area to Albany Street.

Pictured is the site on Riverside Drive for a purposed medical center. The yellow building, 118 Albany St., second from right, is currently being considered for acquisition by the village to construct a road that directly links the purposed medical center parking area to Albany Street. Andrew Casler

— The village board discussed the Riverside Drive project and reviewed bid documents for the repair of the Clark Street bridge during the Jan. 5 meeting.

The Riverside Drive redevelopment project aims to construct a medical center for St. Joseph’s Hospital behind the Cazenovia Public Library.

Mayor of Cazenovia Kurt Wheeler said there is a clear need for the medical center. “Right now, people have to drive into Onondaga County to get an x-ray or lab work, and while they’re out, they fill up their car with gas, they go shopping, they go and have lunch, and we’re losing [tax revenue from that],” he said.

Also, the project is intended to make public parking directly accessible from Albany Street. This public parking lot would primarily serve the medical center, library and shops along Albany Street.

Wheeler said he thinks connecting the medical center’s parking to Albany Street will increase the center’s chances for success and provide much needed parking for people visiting downtown Cazenovia.

To make parking easily accessible from Albany Street, the village is considering acquisition of the property at 118 Albany St. to build a connecting street.

A Cazenovia based real estate developer, Sphere Development LLC., is currently the lead agency on creating a medical center.

Clark Street bridge

According to Village Trustee for Streets and Sidewalks Tim Mahoney, bidding on the replacement of the Clark Street bridge will begin by Jan. 16, and bids will be due by 10 a.m. Feb. 3.

“We are looking for all contractors who are qualified in demolition and reconstruction of bridges,” Mahoney said.

The village plans to award the contract to the apparent low bidder. However, the village plans to retain the right to choose between the lowest bids on concrete or timber bridge designs. Timber bridges are inherently less expensive than concrete construction designs, so simply accepting the lowest bidder could pigeonhole the village into accepting a timber design. The village may chose to install a concrete bridge because they are characteristically longer lasting than timber.

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