Village planners recommend use for small strip of land on basin block

— Village Engineer Greg Sgromo reported that he’d met with Gormel, JGB representatives, and talked by telephone to Liverpool Properties representative Tom Juliano along with planning board members John Eallonardo and Peter Osborne. The parties hope to “clean up disjointed property lines, some dating back 150 years,” Sgromo said. “The conversations went well and everybody’s open to looking at various options. They’re willing to sit down and talk about what works for everybody.”

Village Attorney John Langey noted that the board’s recommendation to consider using that 20-foot strip for vehicles as well as pedestrians is a change from board’s August 2013 recommendation that it be maintained as a walkway only. “But that was before you saw the other plans [such as the proposed JGB mixed-use development],” Langey said. The lawyer reminded the planners that their recommendation was “not binding,” and merely allows the trustees to “consider” vehicular use.

Liverpool Properties architect Peter Crissey said that Gormel’s offer to widen the village-owned strip to 26 feet, “would help a lot.” If the strip south of the White Water became a driveway, the pub’s present driveway north of the building could be eliminated, thus providing some buffer for the JGB residential units.

Liverpool Mayor Gary White and Trustee Nick Kochan attended both the April 7 and 28 planning board meetings.

Continued development on the basin block, Ostuni said, necessitates cooperation. “Our resident planning board members, elected officials, professional resources and business owners working together is what makes our village the best,” he said.

Future planning board meetings are scheduled for June 2 and 23.

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