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Coffee with the Van Buren supervisor

Supervisor Claude Sykes and Messenger Editor Tami Scott recently met at the B’ville Diner to talk about the goings-on in the town of Van Buren. Though Sykes said it’s been a slow year so far, a few topics made it to the table.

Marion Meadows

Marion Meadows is a single family residential development currently being built directly behind Van Buren Town Hall. It’s slated for 90 homes, starting at approximately $180,000, and two units totaling 48 apartments. Dan Barbagos is the developer. Jim Giancola was the previous owner.

The town will benefit in tax revenue, though not as much as it would if a business were moving in. The latter doesn’t cost as much to the town as residential housing does.

“There aren’t any services that you have to provide for [those],” Sykes said.

The town is going to install a pump station and bill the cost over 20 years back to the people in the district that compose the new neighborhood. “It will end up [being] like $365 a year on their taxes to pay for their pump station,” he said. “The way we structured it, the quicker [the developer] unloads the lots and sells them, the less they’ll pay in taxes, so it behooves the developer to get in and move quickly.”

Sykes anticipates Marion Meadows to be built out and completed in the next four to five years.

Henderson Boulevard

A community development project is also in the works on Henderson Boulevard, Sykes said. The first phase of a two- or three-year project, Sykes said the project is to fix an underside drainage swale from the bottom up. The project is being funded federally through the Onondaga County Community Development. The town has received $25,000 to date.

State grants

The town is currently waiting on two state grants, both for $50,000. One is to install new ADA doors for all entrance doors at town hall. The other is to extend the sidewalk on Downer Street from the village line to the first entrance in the River Mall. Sykes said there’s a great deal of pedestrian traffic on that stretch and the sooner the sidewalks go in, the better.

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