A concrete and asphalt plant likely won’t be coming to Leland Avenue in North Utica. But what may be next for the vacant plot of land at 201 Leland Ave. isn’t known yet.
UTICA — A concrete and asphalt plant likely won’t be coming to Leland Avenue in North Utica.
But what may be next for the vacant plot of land at 201 Leland Ave. isn’t known yet.
“You have to understand that things don’t always go the way you may want it to go for whatever reasons,” said Mayor Robert Palmieri. “I felt that the administration did its due diligence.”
Earlier this week, the Common Council rejected the sale of the property to Riccelli Northern, a Syracuse-area company that hoped to build a plant at the site. A call to the company was not immediately returned.
Councilwoman Samantha Colosimo-Testa, R-6, who represents the neighborhood, said that she would like to see some type of commercial use that could benefit the harbor and surrounding neighbors and nothing that would be heavy industrial like the proposed plant would have been.
Brian Thomas, the city’s commissioner of urban and economic development, said that there is the chance that Riccelli could come back to the city’s Urban Renewal Agency and try again.
“There is nothing within our regulations, policies or procedures that would prohibit them from submitting an offer,” he said.
But the attention the property has received recently could make more people interested in possibly buying the land, said Ken Roser, who opposed plans to build a plant and who owns a nearby 10-acre property at 215 Leland Ave.
“There are things … that can go there that will enhance not only what’s around it, but will bring the same number of jobs and stability to the North Utica area,” he said.
Palmieri, meanwhile, said that he would continue to market the property and others in the city.
“The bottom line here is the fact that we need economic development in order for us to meet our expenditures,” he said. “If not, then there will be further cuts or tax increases. You can’t continue to put pressure on a budget without economic development.”
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