Stormwater, parking top concerns for JGB Properties’ basin block project

— When you plan to build on the site of an old Oswego Canal side-cut basin, you know that stormwater drainage will be a concern.

When you plan three new buildings with a mix of residential, office and retail spaces on a block already home to a dozen businesses including four restaurants, parking spaces will also be a concern.

At the March 24 Liverpool Village Planning Board meeting, JGB Properties shared details of its proposed development on the basin block bordered by First and South Willow streets and Lake Drive.

“Stormwater drives this thing,” said Christine Stevens, project director for JGB. “I had wanted to avoid the wet pond, but I don’t think we can.” The pond is planned for the center of the block behind the western-most of the two proposed buildings on First Street and just north of the White Water Pub deck. The pond will drain to a catch basin on the lower edge of the block at the development’s south entry on South Willow.

JGB’s third building, exclusively residential, will have a South Willow Street address, as does the White Water Pub.

JGB’s plans, drawn up by Keplinger Freeman Associates, call for drive-in garages beneath each building with spaces for nearly two dozen vehicles for residents. Dozens more parking spaces will be situated behind the structures.

“This design has been five years in the works,” Stevens said. “To further refine the design, I‘ll need to know how strict the planning board will be on parking requirements.”

While the design depicts two retail spaces on Lower First Street, Stevens said JGB “has no intention of putting in a restaurant or bar in there.” The basin block already has four restaurants — the Limp Lizard BBQ, appeThaizing, the White Water Pub and the Barking Gull (the last of which has yet to open to the public).

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