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John Gormel wants to buy two slivers of property on basin block

— The village also owns a 38-foot-wide driveway adjoining the center of the block with Lake Drive. “I also wouldn’t mind buying that too,” Gormel told the trustees. “Tax-wise, it would be good for the village and you could also make money on the sale.”

Gormel opposes the use of the driveway as an inner-block roadway. “To put a road through there would very much depreciate that property,” he said.

Mayor Gary White noted that engineers are now studying drainage retention and catch-basin capacities on the basin block. Gormel said he has contracted with Fisher Companies to analyze drainage. Meanwhile, Village Attorney John Langey is researching easements and right-of-ways.

Further development is expected from JGB Properties, which hopes to build condominiums on a large parcel which was formerly the Municipal Parking lot on Lower First Street.

White Water Pub presently uses a row of parking spaces located on JGB property just east of the pub. White Water’s agreement with JGB to utilize that space will expire at the end of September, according to village Planning Board Chairman Joe Ostuni Jr.

“There are still a whole lot of things to be determined,” Mayor White told Gormel on July 15. “But we’re glad you’re here, and we’d like to see you and the other developers get together and work out the arrangements so you can all get a shot at accomplishing what you want to do.”

No formal request for proposals has been issued by the trustees regarding the two properties, so Gormel’s sudden offer was neither accepted nor rejected. Some time ago, prior to the White Water Pub’s opening in July 2012, the village accepted bids on the 20-foot parcel between the Barking Gull and White Water. After Gormel outbid Lamont, however, the village took the properties off the market. Nevertheless, Gormel reiterated his interest in the property at the July 15 board meeting.

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