Village of L’pool officials impress chamber members with progress plans

— Tuesday, Jan. 21, was a busy day for village of Liverpool officials.

Three of the village’s four trustees along with Deputy Village Clerk Sandra Callahan and Police Chief Don Morris addressed some 60 attendees at the monthly luncheon hosted that day by the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. Then the village board conducted its monthly meeting that evening.

The chamber luncheon took place at Sharkey’s Sports Bar & Restaurant on Route 57, while the board met as usual at the village hall on Sycamore Street.

Deputy Mayor Nick Kochan spoke first, describing JGB Properties’ planned development on Lower First Street.

“We’re poised on an opportunity to see some growth and significant development,” said Kochan, who served on the village planning board for 20 years. In 2009 and 2010, JGB renovated the 147-year-old Liverpool Shoppes building at 401-403 First St., where it now leases nine modern apartments, Kochan recalled. Now JGB Properties plans to build condominiums or apartments along with retail storefronts on approximately three acres it owns along First Street.

Kochan reminded the chamber members that Onondaga Lake Parkway was the site of the Oswego Canal in the 19th century and that much of the Lower First Street property sits on what was then a canal side-cut basin, leaving it one of the lowest parcels in the square-mile village. As a result, stormwater drainage remains a serious concern.

Nevertheless, JGB’s development plans “are kind of exciting,” Kochan said. “It could well spark some more interest and vitality in the village.” A final design is expected in about six months.

Police Chief Don Morris reported that on Jan. 15 the department received the Triple A Platinum Award, the highest traffic-safety award bestowed by the agency (previously known as the American Automobile Association) to encourage communities to address local traffic issues in a coordinated and cost-effective way.

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