Plans for Lowville growth 'great ideas'
A mixed use, "green" community around Lowville Plaza and more than $400,000 worth of village park upgrades are envisioned in two concept plans intended to prepare for potential future growth.
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#1 Sep 23, 2008
THIS IS A JOKE....RIGHT?
DEVELOPMENT STUDIES:'Green' community, park upgrades not likely for some time, if ever
By STEVE VIRKLER
TIMES STAFF WRITER
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2008
LOWVILLE — A mixed use, "green" community around Lowville Plaza and more than $400,000 worth of village park upgrades are envisioned in two concept plans intended to prepare for potential future growth.
While most aspects of both studies likely won't be implemented for quite some time, if ever, it's interesting to look at the potential for future development, said Mayor Mary E. Youngs.
"They're great ideas," Mrs. Youngs said. "They would change Lowville."
The village earlier this year commissioned Peter J. Smith and Co., Buffalo, to conduct development studies on 200 acres of vacant land, owned by VPJ Properties Inc., that surrounds Lowville Plaza and on the 6.7-acre Veteran's Memorial Park off Parkway Drive. The cost was $10,000.
A state Quality Communities Grant — procured on behalf of 18 towns and villages, including Lowville, to plan for potential Fort Drum-related growth — covered $9,000, with the village providing $1,000.
"The site should be primarily residential use, offering both single family and multi-family townhouse style development," according to the VPJ plan.
However, 29 acres directly behind the Lowville Plaza could be used for a "mixed use commercial core," including accommodations, restaurants and other service and convenience businesses and a six-acre central park, it states. At least 20 percent of the site should be open space, including the park and retained wooded areas.
The consultants recommend that any development be environmentally friendly, with consideration given to pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification.
Possible guidelines for setbacks and other zoning issues are also included in the concept plan.
With nearly 70 acres of the VPJ property located within the village, that area represents the village's largest block of developable vacant land.
"I really think that's a great looking area for growth," Mrs. Youngs said.
While village officials initially planned to commission just the VPJ site study, where to site new playground equipment at the village park also came up during discussions with Peter J. Smith representatives, said Village Administrator Eric J. Virkler. And the consultants ultimately agreed to include a separate park study in the scope of the $10,000 project, he said.
The park of the future would include a widened walkway to the existing stone veterans' memorial; a flagpole, half-circle seat wall and new bandshell/pavilion installed right behind the memorial; restrooms developed in the current bandshell; an "arboretum pathway" for walkers and joggers around the perimeter; upgraded tennis and basketball courts; reconfigured parking to eliminate wasted space; and more trees and shrubs with markers identifying their names and characteristics.
"The most important step in improving a park is to create a concept plan that creates a picture of what can be done and how it all ties together," the park study states. "This is a tool to spark interest and generate support. Following that, the improvements can be added all at one time if monies are available or more likely, in phases as money is acquired."
Including a 15 percent contingency, the consultants estimate the price tag for all proposed improvements at $412,355.50.
While full implementation is not fiscally feasible, village officials are looking to repave and upgrade the tennis and basketball courts next year, Mr. Virkler said.
Copies of both concept plans are available for review at the village office on Dayan Street.
#2 Sep 23, 2008
It could happen...and monkey could fly...well, you know lol.
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#3 Sep 24, 2008
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#4 Sep 24, 2008
who the heck sat and typed all this ? lol
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#5 Nov 5, 2008
There's alil thing called copy and paste in your PC..LOL nobody typed that in here
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