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  • Village of Macedon unveiling downtown/waterfront plan

  • Officials say any plan to rebuild the village’s downtown must include creating connections to its waterfront.

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  • Officials say any plan to rebuild the village’s downtown must include creating connections to its waterfront.
    But that’s not where it ends, said Mayor Marie Cramer. To devise a plan to spur business development will take the whole community — not just members of the committee charged with developing the plan.
    On Thursday evening, the village will host an informational meeting at Palmyra-Macedon Intermediate School to learn about the village’s waterfront and downtown revitalization plan.
    “It’s a chance for the residents and community to voice what they would like to see for the Main Street/waterfront area,” she said. “It’s not for what the (Village) Board wants, it’s what the community wants.”
    The village has been working with Bergmann Associates to develop the waterfront/downtown revitalization plan, thanks to a state grant the village received.
    Cramer said a group has been working on the project since December, but needs help from residents to refine the goals, which include:
    — Connecting bicyclists, pedestrians and the disabled between the business district and the waterfront;
    — Developing a consistent theme reflecting the village’s heritage and its role in canal and early county history;
    — Enhancing dockage and public access opportunities along the waterfront;
    — Reviving downtown in an effort to build the village’s quality of life;
    — Promoting tourism along the canal and the business district;
    — Redeveloping vacant sites along the waterfront and downtown.
    While the canal is the obvious place where waterfront development is needed, said Cramer, nearby Ganargua Creek is also included in the project. The creek runs just south of Main Street, and many folks kayak on its waters.
    “We have two great waterways, and they are less than a three- to five-minute walk (from Main Street),” she said. “There is a big connection.”
    Canal Park, home of Lock 30, has great potential to bring more visitors — and hopefully businesses — to Macedon, she said.
    She noted that the park, which is actually owned by the state Canal Corporation, is one of the few along the canal that allows camping.
    “This would be a great affordable family weekend,” she said.
    There is also a unique boat launch at the site that is on the old Erie Canal — a lock from those old canal days sits under the Route 350 bridge — and it connects to the newer section of the Erie.
    It’s that kind of unique attraction that Cramer hopes the village can take advantage of. She also wants to create permanent bathroom facilities at the park, which sits near the canal trail, where countless people ride bikes and walk each year. The hope is to get more of those folks to come into the village and spend money, she said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Cramer said there have been incremental improvements in downtown, with some new businesses coming in, including a Salvatore’s pizzeria, which is expected to open in the coming months.
    Once the village gets input from residents, it will put in motion a plan to develop the waterfront and improve the business district. She expects the village will seek more grants to see the project through.
    But now it’s time for residents to speak out, she said.
    “We want to know what they want,” she said. “I’m really encouraging people to participate. This is their village.”
     
     
     
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