Bill Davern, Camillus 3rd Ward Councilor, sent out an update to area residents. I first met Bill almost 9 years ago after we moved into our present home, when he walked to my house to introduce himself. I don't know if he remembers meeting me or not, but it doesn't matter. I was impressed by his friendly nature and willingness to talk. Over the years, I've been impressed even more by his open communication and work to keep residents informed.
On many people's mind: what's happening with the section of land on Hinsdale Road? I'm talking about the presently vacant land you see in front of you as exit 695 at Hinsdale. There are 68 acres of land there that I imagine will be quite a boon for the Camillus area. Two full service restaurants, two smaller restaurants, two coffee shops (hallelujah!), a large anchor store, two junior anchors, retail shops, office space, apartments, and eventually a Hollywood Theaters and a Hampton Inn Hotel. (Special note to local youth sports boards of directors - if you're thinking of trying to draw in more out of town teams for tournaments, start talking to the Hampton Inn people as soon as possible.)
As I've mentioned previously, Dunn Tires will be moving to the Home Depot Plaza. I've also heard through the grapevine, and confirmed by Bill's update letter, there's a potential tenant for the now empty Office Max Building on West Genesee. Also interesting to hear, Fairmount Fair is looking to expand also.
On the driving/walking side of things, the town still wants to close off where Shrineview intersects with West Genesee and extend Gillespie across West Genesee.
Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about this. I suppose from a driving perspective it makes sense because Gillespie already has a traffic light there. Walking, though, I'm torn. While the light and crossing light are supposed to provide a safe intersection for pedestrians to cross, in many ways it really doesn't because drivers just don't look for people there. While there may be no cross walk at Shrineview, drivers are more slightly more cautious because of both pedestrians and cars around Holy Family and Byrne Dairy. Yeah, I know I'm only talking about a distance of a couple hundred feet. I can't completely explain it - it just comes from years of experience walking to and from Byrne Dairy, and driving to and from the sitter's house on Shrineview. As a walker though, I am grateful for the new sidewalks and street lights along West Genesee. With ever rising gas prices and nice weather, I've even noticed other people using them.
Bill also gave some additional insight into new housing projects, both existing and proposed. Personally (and professionally) I'd like to find out who the developers/builders are. One last point made (much to my chagrin) was a reference to house numbers. Guilty. Mine fell off in a storm several years ago, and I haven't replaced them yet. Maybe, if the weather holds, I'll take care of that today.
Many thanks to Bill Davern!