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September 18, 2018

Oswego Council Eyes Improvements for City Streets and Property


OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Common Council will consider several resolutions to make improvements to various city properties, streets and more.

Justin Rudgick, community development director, recommended Housing Visions Consultants as the qualified developer for the development of the Flexo Wire site.

Housing Visions proposes to demolish the existing site and construct a five-story mixed use building containing about 40 one-bedroom quality rental units, 11 two-bedroom quality rental units and about 10,000 square feet of retail – commercial space on the north end of the site facing Lake Street.

Along the south and west side of the property, they propose to construct about 18 three-bedroom townhouses facing West Second Street and West Schuyler Street.

The rental unit will target a variety of income ranging from workforce to market rate.

The council will also consider a request from the Engineering Department that the mayor be authorized to sign an agreement with Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C. for the Emergency Slope Stabilization Highway Reconstruction of Route 48 in the amount of $194,000.

This project is eligible for funding; 80 percent of the money will be federal funds and 15 percent will come from the state. That leaves the city responsible for the remaining 5 percent.

Also on the agenda to be approved is a request from the community development director to apply for and submit funding through the Department of State-Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. The deadline is July 29.

The construction projects within the waterfront area will include (but aren’t limited to) the Wright’s Landing Marina fuel system and boat launch, Oswego River dockage, marina area amenities, accessible park connections, Breitbeck Park and Harbor Trail improvements, and an Oswego beach.

The estimated cost of the project is $1,030,000.

The city will provide a 50 percent financial commitment to the project. The other half will come from the Department of State-Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

Rudgick also seeks approval to apply and submit for funding through the New York Main Street Grant Program in the FY2016 Consolidated Funding Application Round that is due July 29. If successful, the $500,000 grant funds will assist in the restoration of the Cahill Building.

Amy Birdsall, planning and zoning director, requested approval:

•    to submit a grant application through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application process to develop a Public Art Master Plan for Oswego’s Downtown, Parks, and Trails.

•    to submit a grant application through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application process for a Hamilton Park Playground Project.

•    to submit a grant application through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application process for a Fitzhugh Park Playground Project.

•    to submit a grant application through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application process for construction funding of the 104 Complete Streets Project in Downtown Oswego. The anticipated project boundary will be from West Fifth Street to East Fourth Street.

•    to submit a grant application through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application process for construction funding of the 104 Complete Streets Project at the city of Oswego western gateway or from the western city line to the “Forks of the Road.”

•    to submit a grant application through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application process to develop a Master Plan of Fort Ontario and the surrounding recreational areas and buildings.

The meeting gets under way at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

A public session is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

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