COLUMN: Coffee with Baldwinsville’s Mayor

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni met with Messenger Editor Erin Wisneski on Tuesday, Oct.16 at Canton Woods Senior Center to chat about what’s new in the village. Canton Woods seniors kept the conversation going with many questions and concerns regarding village happenings.By

Mayor Joe Saraceni kicked off the conversation responding to a question about Tri County Mall. He said the larger of the two buildings was scheduled for demolition, an effort made by the current property owners and owners of Golden Legacy Apartments. However, the demolition will be delayed because asbestos was found in the building.

Another resident suggested replacing the “pink” stop signs immediately adjacent to the school on Oneida Street, which are not only faded, but leaning as well.

“You would really have a lot of nerve arresting [people who didn’t stop for the signs] because they probably didn’t know they were stop signs,” said Joan Petrowski.

She continued by asking about empty buildings in the village including the old Eckerd behind the B’ville Diner.

Joe said the village is currently working with Wide Waters to improve the building façade, but there are no tenants yet.

Another senior suggested bringing a theater back to Baldwinsville, an idea that all present seemed to endorse. This prompted the mayor to talk about the Baldwinsville Performing Arts Center, an initiative that has been put on the village backburner for several years.

“I see the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild purchasing a theater complex behind St. Mary’s,” Joe said adding there was once a concept to build a community theater in that area. Joe said the village recently purchased the land from the state, but it would cost upwards of $6 million for the theater to come to fruition. “Maybe that is something that phases in over time,” he said.

Keeping on the discussion of a movie theater, Larry Wood said, “We’ve got a big projector screen [here at the center]; we could run our own movie with popcorn and everything.”

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