Monday, May 2, 2016

Will COR's Mercy Project Bring Anything New To Watertown? | WWNY TV 7

    When I was in office, pushing for a solution to the Mercy dilemma was a big deal and now with the site cleared using significant state money, there is naysaying from up the road on Arcade Street, where they are asking if COR Development's plans really offer anything Watertown needs.
     Add to that, the efforts to indirectly link COR to the Joe Percoco probe reported on the in Daily News
     Looking back, I am not sure the public cared about getting rid of Mercy but after the County and SMC teamed up to make sure it closed, getting it out of there was essential as it loomed as a huge block of blight.
     As for Channel 7's question. I think what it brings is decent residential and commercial space in the city's center and a reversion to development in the downtown area, as opposed to more urban sprawl.
      As for projects of this scope needing to grease to get done. No kidding.
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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well you have to ask yourself if we really need more low income housing, or more housing in general in the area. I personally don't think we do. I imagine whatever they end up building there, COR will have their hand in the cookie jar to do it.

It's great that Mercy was torn down. An empty lot looks much better than what could have been, and that's the important part.

I have to agree with channel 7 that just moving businesses around is not a good plan, especially NFP's.

Anonymous said...

Will COR's Mercy Project Bring Anything New To Watertown?

Maybe a $50,000-$75,000 consulting gig for someone as political pay-off:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2016/05/cor_denies_paying_former_cuomo_aide_who_says_company_paid_him_at_least_50k.html#incart_river_home

That would be new for Watertown

Anonymous said...

The old Mercy site will end up being a very nice parking lot.

Anonymous said...

Make a park out of the Mercy lot and call it good, what this darn city does not need now is more vacant housing. the Woolworth building is having a hard time filling its vacancies so we do not need any more crazy pipe dreams of Grand apartment complexes . Hopefully the contractor that is under investigation will be forced to back out of this project.

Anonymous said...

today's so called development is just tomorrows slum...

Anonymous said...

I thought the NNY Community Foundation was going to provide a home to ALL the Not for Profits in Jefferson County at the Black River Valley Club?
It is a wonderful plan that will allow millions of dollars to be saved by sharing personnel and other services. Imagine only one Executive Director and only one Assistant Executive Director running the countless NFP in the area. So much hand holding will be eliminated that we will need to start an unemployment line just for all the NFP employees that will be no longer necessary.
If you believe this line of thinking than I am sure you will all think it is a great idea to move a NFP from one building that your tax dollars helped renovate, because it was for the children and now move them to another tax payer paid for building that is a little more modern and "professional" because it is for the children, and now abandon the first tax payer funded building leaving it to sit empty and run down. At that point, another NFP (NOW) will inherit said building and either sink more tax money into low income housing (for the children) or sink some tax money into razing it to create a park (for the children).
The Mercy site needs more tax payer money poured into it almost as much as the money that is being wasted on the 10th Monument in the park. The entire complex was razed unnecessarily as some buildings was salvageable showing just what good stewards our leaders are in handling our money. Throw down some top soil, get a Rotary Club or two to come in and tree the area and call it good. Maybe we can check with SG and see if a dog park on the Mercy site would suit him or if he is afraid of all the prescription drugs that were dropped over the years, will leach up through the soil and poison the patrons.

Anonymous said...

I'd take a dog park over more subsidized housing units.

Anonymous said...

A dog park at the Mercy site is a great idea! Central to the entire city, and a not really a nuisance to many residents in that area. Jump on this SG.