Weekly Feature

2017-05-25 / Local News

Village takes step forward in West Main project


The redevelopment of West Main Street took another step forward this week. The Lancaster Village Board approved a resolution at Monday’s meeting, accepting an incentive proposal of $40,000 from Empire State Development.

The money will go toward conducting a feasibility study to help determine the future development of West Main Street. This should offset nearly half of the original estimated cost of $94,470. As part of the resolution, the board agreed to pay ESD a $250 application fee.

The board has long concerned itself with revitalizing the central business district on West Main.

A month ago, the board began advertising for bids on a project involving the deconstruction of the foundation of the former BOCES building in that area.

According to a proposal given to the board by ESD, the feasibility study will be completed by April 2018. The $40,000 incentive will be paid out in a lump sum after the study is completed.

Mayor William Schroeder and Trustees Lynne Ruda and Dawn Robinson voted in favor of the measure, while Ken O’Brien was the lone vote against it.

Trustee Paul Maute was absent from the meeting. Schroeder is now required to sign the proposal agreement and send it, along with the fee, back to the ESD. Signing the agreement means the village must follow the stipulations laid out in the proposal in order to receive the money.

In another matter, Town of Lancaster Building Inspector Matt Fischione approached the Village Board at Monday’s meeting to announce the passing of Jeff Simme, former village code enforcement officer and town building inspector. Schroeder announced in the meeting that Simme had “succumbed to the effects of cancer.”

O’Brien described Simme as a friend to many in Lancaster. The board closed the meeting with a moment of silence in Simme’s memory.

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