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Government - Local

Oswego Planning and Zoning committee to meet over lumberyard project

An architect's sketch of the south elevation of one of two buildings proposed for construction on the former Alexander Lumber yard property in downtown Oswego by the Shodeen Group LLC.
An architect's sketch of the south elevation of one of two buildings proposed for construction on the former Alexander Lumber yard property in downtown Oswego by the Shodeen Group LLC.

The Reserve at Hudson Crossing, proposed for development at the former site of the Alexander Lumber yard, will be the subject of a special meeting of Oswego's Planning and Zoning committee at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13.

Preliminary plans for the Shodeen Group LLC's project were first released at the end of June, proposing what the village referred to as a "transformational development." The site would include two buildings, each with two-level parking garages, four levels of residential units, and ground-level shopping and restaurants.

In addition to the structures, nearly 500 new street-level parking spaces would be added downtown. Development would include the reconstruction of Adams, Jackson, and Harrison streets, bury overhead utility lines, and reserve space for public art.

In a statement released in June, Village President Gail Johnson said, "This project brings to life a new vision for our downtown. It is the beginning of Oswego's village-center redevelopment."

Pointing out the examples set by Geneva and Batavia, Johnson said, "Bringing retail, restaurant and residents into the heart of our community, it becomes the tipping point for revitalization.”

During Thursday's meeting, the committee will review the proposed plans, and will pass along their recommendation to the village board for their final approval.

The yard has sat vacant since 2006, when Alexander Lumber closed. The last proposal for the space was made in 2010.

The committee meeting will be held at the village hall at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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