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B’ville to complete major components of waterfront development this summer

Pictured is a rendering of River Street in Baldwinsville (prior to the village completing the project), which was presented by Environmental Design and Research, a firm that helped officials with waterfront redevelopment in the village of Baldwinsville. The village will complete Village Square and the Southshore East Trail, two of the final components of the overall redevelopment plan, this summer.

Pictured is a rendering of River Street in Baldwinsville (prior to the village completing the project), which was presented by Environmental Design and Research, a firm that helped officials with waterfront redevelopment in the village of Baldwinsville. The village will complete Village Square and the Southshore East Trail, two of the final components of the overall redevelopment plan, this summer.

— First there was Paper Mill Island. Then the village focused on the Sergei Yevich Trail, followed by the pedestrian walkways along River and Water streets. Now, Baldwinsville’s Waterfront Revitalization Plan will come full circle as construction on Village Square is completed this summer.

In addition, the Southshore East trail, a final route of the four trails connecting each quarter of the village, will also be completed this summer. Residents and visitors alike can walk or bike to the center of Baldwinsville via the Sergei Yevich Trail from the northeastern end, River Street’s pedestrian path at the northwestern end and the Southshore West and Southshore East trails in the southern portion of the village.

“Village Square is the connecting node – Yevich ends there, northshore ties into village square, Southshore West and Southshore East tie together at Route 48 and there is also the Paper Mill Island trail. All four trails come together there – it’s like the spokes of a wheel meeting,” said Village Engineer Tim Baker.

Once known for its mills more than its beauty, the village has changed its image, thanks in part to the development, drawing thousands of villagers and tourists to its center during summer weekends, and nearly as many during winter weekend events.

While the demolition of the old Harrington Firehouse took place nearly five years ago, Village Square construction started last spring. With the cooperative weather, progress has been made all season long including the most recent addition of LED lighting, which was donated by Ephesus, a local company, and aptly named the B’ville Lite.

“The main work is done,” Baker said, adding there is top soil to spread, trees and grass to plant, flower bed work and sidewalks to install. “We’re in the landscaping phase of it.”

In regards to the Southshore East Trail, the village has purchased several properties to provide public access along the river including a five-acre property costing $40,000 from NYS Barge Canal and a $65,000 Meadow Street property through a private sale.

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silver_n_blue 2 years, 6 months ago

I think Bville would best be served by putting in a boat launch and more docking by the ampitheatre. This would bring a lot more people to bville in the summer, which means more cash for the business's and village. It is almost impossible to get a spot on the water without getting there a couple days ahead of the weekend.

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borninbville 2 years, 4 months ago

silver.....There is no more room for docks and the major issue with having boats dock at Papermill Island is NYS liability law. Any boat that has anything attached to the land becomes a part of that land, thus all boats tied to the island become an extension of the island itself. If someone gets hurt on a boat that is tied to the island then whomever has control of the island (concert promoter, civic group, etc) is fully liable for any injury. Dram Shop rules are also in effect and if someone is drinking on a boat tied to the island the promoter is liable for anything that occurs as a result of that boater and their drinking. As such you will never see boats docked at the island while there is a function unless the boats are directly involved with that function (ie: shuttle boats, etc).

The wall on the opposite side of the river has a slightly different status as it is owned by the state and is operated as a docking facility thus different rules apply. Basically the State has created two sets of rules, one for the State and one for everyone else.

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