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B’ville waterfront development to be completed this summer By Erin Wisneski First there was Paper Mill Island. Then the village focused on the Sergei Yevich Trail, followed by the pedestrian walkways along River and Water streets. Now, Baldwinsville’s Waterfront Revitalization Plan will come full circle as construction on Village Square is completed this summer. In addition, the Southshore East trail, a final route of the four trails connecting each quarter of the village, will also be completed this summer. Residents and visitors, alike, can walk or bike to the center of Baldwinsville via the Sergei Yevich Trail from the northeastern end, River Street’s pedestrian path at the northwestern end and the Southshore West and Southshore East trails in the southern portion of the village. “Village Square is the connecting node – Yevich ends there, northshore ties into village square, Southshore West and Southshore East tie together at Route 48 and there is also the Paper Mill Island trail. All four trails come together there – it’s like the spokes of a wheel meeting,” said Village Engineer Tim Baker. Once known for its mills more than its beauty, the village has changed its image, thanks in part to the development, drawing thousands of villagers and tourists to its center during summer weekends, and nearly as many during winter weekend events. While demolition of the old Harrington Firehouse took place nearly five years ago, Village Square construction started last spring. With the cooperative weather, progress has been made all season long including the most recent addition of LED lighting, which was donated by Ephesus, a local company, and

aptly named the B’ville Lite. “The main work is done,” Baker said, adding there is top soil to spread, trees and grass to plant, flower bed work and sidewalks to install. “We’re in the landscaping phase of it.” In regards to the Southshore East Trail, the village has purchased several properties to provide public access along the river including a five-acre property costing $40,000 from NYS Barge Canal and a $65,000 Meadow Street property through a private sale. “This will help us to run the trail along the river,” said Mayor Joseph Saraceni. Other than the purchases, SSET is not overly complicated, Baker said. “We’ll be putting in a bridge to cross Crooked Brook,” Baker said, which will also connect Community Park to the village. Incidentally, the pedestrian bridge came from Ogdensburg where Baker served as village engineer prior to moving to Baldwinsville. “It’s a used bridge . . . where it was used was filled in, so it’s unnecessary now.” Overall, the trail has been a long time in the making as village officials worked to meet requirements from various entities including the NYS Barge Canals, NYS DEC and the Army CORPs engineers. “This is the village following through with its commitment to public access to the Seneca River,” Saraceni said.

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It has been a long-term investment for the village with the cost for Village Square totaling near $500,000 alone. Officials estimate the out of pocket cost to be $466,418 and funding has come from a variety of sources including leftover Pepsi fund money ($187,000) from Paper Mill Island construction; a Community Development grant

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Facelift eyed for Inner Harbor By Neil Benjamin Jr.

Syracuse’s Inner Harbor, which takes up 34 acres of land, may be getting the facelift it needs. According to Ben Walsh, deputy commissioner of neighborhood and business development, an agreement between COR Development and the city was reached a while back for COR to develop 28 acres of the property, which is owned by Canal Corporation. The remaining land will be set aside solely for public use. It was also backed by Mayor Stephanie Miner. An advisory committee tabbed COR, which beat out two other developers, to take on the $350 million project. It was the third time the city has tried to find a developer. The first two tries yielded nothing in the way of results. Walsh said early on, it was thought the Inner Harbor may be broken down into smaller parcels of five-to-six acres, but that idea was shot down. Walsh said the transfer of everything over to COR will take about six months, but after that the Inner Harbor figures to become a hotbed of activity for the city. “It’s for mixed-use development,” Walsh said. “There will be some residential, retail and commercial use. Basically, we want to take the public to the waterfront.” Among the things outlined by COR include an Onondaga Community College satellite campus, a hotel, several office buildings, an apartment complex and a boathouse. The work on the harbor coincides with Carousel Center’s morph into Destiny USA, which is slated to open in the spring. The Inner Harbor is located right next to the massive shopping center, which will soon be a 2.4 million square foot mega-shopping destination. Walsh said that while both projects will benefit each other, Pyramid, which owns the mall, and the Inner Harbor will not be working together to develop anything. “I’d imagine they will have to work with each other in some capacity, or at least work parallel to each other,” Walsh said. “Everyone’s plans should be accounted for.” The idea for the development is to bring people to enjoy what Walsh said is the beauty of the Inner Harbor. There are nice views and relaxing places to kick back, as well as a picturesque creek walk. “My wife and I walk along the creek a lot and it’s a great way to get outside and enjoy what the area has to offer,” Walsh added. Walsh went on to say the city wants to add to the amenities already available, which include what he describes as a vibrant downtown area. “This is something that we’ve been working on for a long time,” he said. “Granted we’re only into the first phase of it, but that’s a big step considering the early obstacles we had of not being able to find a developer. It’s going to take some years to finish the entire project, but at least now we know it’s on the way.” Neil Benjamin Jr. can be reached at nbenjamin@eaglenewsonline.com.

IBEW 43: Work done well, work done right By Brian Smith

Joining the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 43 has quickly become a family affair for Tom Ryan. Ryan, who has worked as an electrician for 37 years, owning his own company for much of that time, became a card-carrying member of the Syracuse-based IBEW Local 43 last year. His son, Sean, is currently enrolled in IBEW 43’s extensive training program, which

it teaches in conjunction with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). “I toured their building, and the facility is second to none,” said the elder Ryan, who works out of Utica. “I’m confident that my son is getting the best training possible from IBEW/NECA, which is important because when he’s not in school, he’s working alongside me.” Apprentices spend one day a week at the

state-of-the art facility, located in Clay. Most work in the field the rest of the week during the training period, which typically is five years. In order to be accepted into IBEW/NECA, electricians must have completed at least 10,000 hours of work experience or classroom training, or a combination of both. Class sizes are small, ensuring concentrated teaching from IBEW/NECA’s fully certified instructors.

“The guys I’ve hired from Local 43 the past year have given me nothing but quality work and efficient work,” Ryan said. “I’m a working owner, so I see each day how great the work is.” Ryan’s company is currently rewiring buildings at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome. IBEW Local 43 covers 11 counties, stretch-

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Jacobsen Rugs: Bigger, better, stronger by Brian Smith Well versed in both matters, Bruce Gianni much prefers the story of a phoenix rising from the ashes to the fate of the dodo bird, metaphorically speaking. Gianni and Brent Goodsell co-own Jacobsen Rugs, a fixture for hand-knotted Oriental and area rugs in downtown Syracuse since 1924. As the end of their lease in the Learbury Centre approached this past autumn, they were faced with the daunting task of raising enough capital during a recession to move their business. The numbers didn’t look good, and Gianni and Goodsell made the tough decision to close their store, started by the Jacobsen family 88 years ago. Then, pleas from the customers began. “When we announced we were going to close, people were coming in and saying, ‘Please don’t

close,’� said Gianni, who has worked for Jacobsen Rugs for 33 years, becoming part of the ownership team in 2002. Goodsell, a 35-year employee, also became an owner in 2002. “Our customers were telling us how they ‘grew up’ on our rugs and how sad they would be if we weren’t around any longer. Of course it made us feel good, and it also gave us the drive to make an attempt at keeping the company going.� A going-out-of-business sale became a push to pay off debts and generate capital. Space needed to be secured for the new location, and Jacobsen Rugs was able to turn another negative into a positive. “There are a lot of empty buildings in Syracuse, but we needed one that would fit our needs of highlighting the features of our rugs,� Gianni said. “It had to be large, but it also had to have an

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($90,000), of which the village had to match 25 percent; village parks department money ($60,000), received from developers as in lieu of parks payments; and Highway Fund money (approximately $65,000). Officials also budget ed$50,000 total in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 village budgets, which came from taxpayers. The Southshore East Trail received $350,000 in funding through a TEA-21 grant (Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century). Some of the grant money will be used to pay down a previously secured $344,000, five-year Statutory Installment Bond, which helped pay for various projects in the Waterfront Revitalization Plan including the relocation of the village’s salt storage, engineering costs on Lock Street and the purchase of canal properties along the southern shore of the Seneca River. The sale of the village’s Lock Street property (the former village DPW)

will also help pay down the bond.

Future development

Looking at the Sergei Yevich Trail, future plans include the village connecting with a town of Lysander trail that will enable residents living in developments along Route 370 access to the village by foot and bike. “These trails bring economic opportunity and leisure activities to residents,� Saraceni said. In fact, the Sergei Yevich Trail was used earlier this year as part of the first annual Syracuse Marathon, which organizers plan to make an annual event. “Economically, that is huge,� Saraceni said about the village being the halfway point for a marathon of that magnitude. “This waterfront development is drawing economic opportunities to the village of Baldwinsville.�

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ing from Wayne to Otsego. It was founded in 1897, and currently has 1,200 members who work for 86 union-affiliated contractors. Local projects that have recently been completed by IBEW Local 43 include Syracuse University’s Center of Excellence, additions to St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Golisano Children’s Hospital at SUNY Upstate Medical University. “Quality workmanship and pride is evident in every part of our jurisdiction,� said Alan Marzullo, IBEW Local 43’s membership development coordinator. “The benefits from hiring IBEW electricians are stability, safety and workforce quality. Our members are going to

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Madison Hall receives grant By Bob Wetherill A $20,000 grant from the Central New York Community Foundation was awarded to Madison Hall in Morrisville to support continued renovations on the historic facility. The grant will be used to rebuild the back staircase, handrail, electrical, lighting and ceiling finish. Madison Hall, a Madison County Landmark since 1817 and the original county courthouse, stands on upper Main Street, State Route 20 in Morrisville. Madison Hall is under continuous renovation. In recent years the front portico pillar foundations were rebuilt, twin matching stairways were refinished and floors in the ballroom and hallways returned to hardwood. This past summer a new roof was built over the handicap ramp, the building repainted, chandelier and hallway lighting installed. The building became The New York State School of Agriculture (now Morrisville State College) in 1909 when the courthouse moved to Wampsville, NY. In the late 1970’s a group of concerned citizens acquired the building from Morrisville State College and started restoration of the facility. After various grants and community donations, the building has become a multi-cultural, multi-functional building serving communities in Central New York for weddings, dances, concerts, and etc. Pictures of the building and a calendar of events can be seen at madisonhall.org. Madison Hall rental is available by calling 684-7553. The Central New York Community Foundation has served Central New York for 85 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of nonprofit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation awards more than $5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or cnycf.org. Bob Wetherill is a Madison Hall Association Board Member. He can be reached at 684-7553 or mtnbob@mail.com.

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raves about.â&#x20AC;? Another service the business provides and excels in is rentals, which includes tractors, loaders, backhoes and rakes. A list of machines and rates can be found on its website, whitesfarmsupply. com, where customers can also check out the virtual showroom, current promotions and latest items on offer.

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ages. Children, parents and grandparents could be observed bouncing on the pillow from opening until closing each day. The pillow is roughly 34 feet by 70 feet and can accommodate as many as 45 people of varied ages and weights. Parents remarked that family members were tired at the end of the day. They were ready to relax by the campfire then get some rest to be ready for the Pillow the next day. Bouncing — fun and healthy exercise at the same time. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is located at 601 County Route 16, Mexico. For more information call 963-7096 or visit jellystonecny.com. Propane is available year-round; call ahead. Store hours starting April 1 are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 16999

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the Horticultural Building. Oot said one building will have only closeouts and pre-owned RVs . “There’s a good variety,” Oot said. “It’s not just new.” In addition to the seven dealers selling new and preowned models as well as some parts and accessories, there will be booths from area campgrounds and other businesses that support the RVing industry. You can also see camping demonstrations and get information on resorts and other destinations. Tickets for the RV show

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Jeep and Chrysler lines are hot and Par-K has them back to normal with our hours since the summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bill Marshall and Butch Jackowski do an incredible job managing the shop. They do custom work and have multiple cars featured in magazines, and, of course, are there for all the dents and dings and insurance work you may need.â&#x20AC;? Par-K also added Saturday maintenance hours in September. Cars are serviced from 8 a.m. to noon, in addition to the normal 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours Monday through Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday, the service department is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Saturday hours are great for people who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get off work during the weekdays, or have

something they need to take care of in a pinch,â&#x20AC;? Gilbo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do a lot of maintenance and brake jobs on Saturdays so you can have your car back on the road for work on Monday.â&#x20AC;? Gilbo urged those in the market for a new Chrysler or Jeep to visit Par-K in February. The dealership is having its annual Presidentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day Event, during which certain models have additional $500 rebates for the entire month, according to Gilbo. He also wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shy in divulging a little industry secret as to why February is a great month to buy a car. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the spring, manufacturers know people are out and about looking for cars, so

Par-K Chrysler-Jeep Sales Manager Tom Gilbo is pictured with a 2012 Jeep Liberty featuring the light blue â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Chillâ&#x20AC;? edition package. the MSRPs go up,â&#x20AC;? Gilbo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why not take advantage of the mild winter and come on out and see us this month?â&#x20AC;? To view and test drive any of the Chrysler and Jeep models, visit Par-K, Oswego Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Chrysler Group LLC posted its second straight year of improved model sales in 2011, and Par-K Chrysler-Jeep in Fulton is excited to show consumers what the buzz is all about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have something for everyone, from the Chrysler 200s and 300s, to the Jeep Compass, Patriot and Grand Cherokee,â&#x20AC;? said Par-K General Manager Thomas Gilbo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Fiat-Chrysler CEO] Sergio Marchionne pledged to change everything when he took over two years ago, and those changes, from the body types to the engines, have all taken place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The product is very much improved. There was great detail

and care taken in redesigning all of the cars, and it shows. A lot of our models have the V6 Penestar engine, and some V8s, which means improved performance and gas mileage. The Grand Cherokee and Chrysler Town & Country are getting close to 30 miles per gallon on the highway; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very impressive.â&#x20AC;? Par-K, much like the cars it sells, underwent improvements in 2011. After an ice storm collapsed the roof on its body shop during Super Bowl Sunday last year, Gilbo said the garage was rebuilt from the floor up, reopening in July. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful; everything is brand new and top of the line in the shop,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been

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New Saturday service and hours and a new body shop too


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