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Skaneateles village board discusses future of parking lot, vacant building space

A site plan for the reconstruction of the parking lot surrounding the village hall. The new design is meant to make the property more appealing and will increase accessibility for pedestrians.

A site plan for the reconstruction of the parking lot surrounding the village hall. The new design is meant to make the property more appealing and will increase accessibility for pedestrians.

The price could be reduced if the village is able to have some of the paving and curbing work done by village or county employees rather than a private contractor, Hubbard said.

Once the village has finalized a plan and proposal it will put out a bid for contractors and have the work done this spring or summer.

Possible space for lease in village hall

The village also discussed its plans for the vacant part of the building, the former fire hall apparatus bay, and the former police department building to the rear of village hall. The village’s tentative plan for the apparatus bay would be lease it to a local business, potentially converting it to an office space in the process.

Trustee Marc Angelillo said he had heard from someone interested in purchasing the space. Selling part of the building and property would be a problematic process due to the need for easements giving the new owner access to the road and protecting village infrastructure in the building, Village Attorney Michael Byrne said.

The village plans to use the former police department building as a storage facility for both the village clerk’s office and the police department. Once those two offices determine that the building will satisfy their storage needs, the board can declare the apparatus bay as a surplus facility and move forward with a sale or lease, Hubbard said.

Trustees said that they were reassured that the building was structurally sound and worth keeping when architects Bob Eggleston and David Lee drew up plans to have the fire siren mounted on top of it.

In other business:

--The board gave approval to Director of Municipal Operation Bob Lotkowictz to have Bartlett Tree Experts take down two dying trees on village property.

They are: an Austrian pine in Shotwell Park and a sugar maple at the corner of West Lake Street and West Genesee Street. A replacement for the pine has already been planted next to the old tree and a replacement for the maple will be planted after it is taken down.

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