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Curbing, new streetlights to spiff up North Syracuse Village Center

— You can call it Main Street. You can call it Brewerton Road. You can call it Route 11.

Whatever you call it, pretty soon it’s going to look a little different, at least along the North Syracuse Village Center.

Mayor Mark Atkinson presided over a public hearing at the North Syracuse Board of Trustees June 12 meeting regarding the Village Center Streetscape Improvements project.

To pay for the streetscaping, the village received approximately $850,000 from Onondaga County’s Save the Rain Program.

The Main Street construction work, which will run for a about a half-mile from Fergerson Avenue north to Gertrude Street, is expected to begin this summer. Weather-permitting, it’ll be completed in late-fall.

The work will include curbing, lighting and some changes of vehicle entrances and exits from properties. “This project will also assist with water run-off challenges that we have,” the mayor said.

“As you work on these projects,” Atkinson said, “you get the opportunity to increase safety as you look at the ins and outs of parking lots, for instance.”

Village Engineer Amy Franco reported that one change she’d recommended was disallowed by New York state.

“We had hoped to improve access into the 7-Eleven making it safer and more convenient for motorists coming from the north,” Franco said. Unfortunately, the state Department of Transportation rejected the plan. The gas station-convenience store is located at 123 N. Main St. at the corner of Chestnut Street.

Frequent traffic backups along Chestnut Street are the most significant in the village, according to Trustee Gary Butterfield.

Two Main Street business owners who attended the June 12 public hearing also expressed concern about Chestnut Street backups.

Joe Stenzel, whose wife Donna owns the Big Dip ice cream shop at 216 N. Main St., traced the problem to the traffic signal at Church Street. Donna Pascarella, who operates Donatella’s Salon and Day Spa at 218 N. Main St., said the traffic jams aren’t that bad. “The traffic’s backed up for maybe two or three hours a week, total” she said.

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