Thursday, September 22, 2016

Watertown Lawmakers May Be Open To Brewery Project | WWNY TV 7

       Since the City appears to be doing nothing with the VanDuzee Street warehouse site, they might as well sell a chunk of it to Nancy Henry and Jake Johnson for business venture involving a brewery. I am not clear the whole nine acres is needed and there should be some performance assurances in any sales agreement, but these are good local people who want to do something. The same holds true for Sewall's Island, another site the city is sitting on.

     In the case of both sites there was money spend on remediation or cleanup, but getting something happening is paramount.

Watertown Lawmakers May Be Open To Brewery Project | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is the same stupidity that takes place in every single city owned asset disposition. Why not market it to someone who would pay more than a song for it? How can the NSIL be worth close to half a million but 9 acres by the river are only worth 100k? Are these business people going to be investing their own money or will it be alphabet soup taxpayer dollars and PILOTS as we come to expect?

You know...I have heard it said that one person who had as much to gain from the arson, would be a guy who owned adjacent property and wanted his neighbor's dilapidated buildings cleaned up. I'm not making an accusation, just noting an apparent possible motivation.

Anonymous said...

The city should be open to the brewery. Even after codes went after Jake regarding his fence he showed the city who the better man was. He turned the other cheek and continued to voulunteer his services when he could. He is a young man raised here and has proven himself. Just look at the wonderful job Jake's Landscaping is doing at the property at the corner of Holcomb St, as well as, his new business on Rt 11. Those in control of the city talk about keeping young people here to live, work and create business. Our leaders have been making bad choice after bad choice in the last several years. Making the land available would be a good start on changing their practice of very, very poor decision making. They could hold out for more money like some stated at the council meeting but they could end up losing a wonderful prospect and end up like the "naming of the arena". I also would encourage Jake to keep coming to the Council Meetings - he would be a wonderful candidate to run for council. I would surely vote for him.

Anonymous said...

Why would the city want to sell property to a scofflaw? At the end of the day, Jake abides by his own rules and doesn't care about the code enforcement department. I wonder how many illegal immigrants he pays under the table to cut grass for him.

Anonymous said...

There is a difference between cutting grass and operating a brewery. I wouldn't want someone that is spraying round up all day making the beer I drink.

Anonymous said...

Will this place have a fence?

Anonymous said...

100 grand for nine acres is not enough money for that parcel. You need to start doing your Job and looking out for the taxpayers interest . Start marketing this parcel in Syracuse and Albany or auction it off after a Ad blitz in the papers Start the Bidding at 100,000 and have a Reserve of 450,000 if no one bids on it so be it, it can be used as a small west end of the city park with walk ways down to the river for fishing. selling this at 100,000 is NOT LOOKING AFTER THE TAXPAYERS INTEREST.

Anonymous said...

Looks like on the job he did on Holcomb St. he made the most common error that amateurs make and put the plants too close together and too close to the building. In three years those plantings will be touching each other and touching the house.

Anonymous said...

We do not need another bar watering hole in Watertown.
Why should the City give a way prime land on the river for cheap. That would be an to the Taxpayers of Watertown.
And why should one person get special preference only because he is a business owner,has a property near by and is young? Where is the fairness in this for other young business owners or entrepreneurs in the City?

What would be perfect for this area, would be a Inside Water fun pool as Cliff Olney , one of the CC Candidates suggested. That would be something special. as thee are nearly none in the North East.
It would bring a lot of revenue for the City and business like Hotels and Eateries. It would be a perfect destination for the whole family in this long winters.a It would be for all people in Watertown, not for some special bar crowd. It would be an asset for the City.
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CC do not sell this property to private interests. The river front downtown is already ugly and has enough empty places. Just look at the former convention center on the North side of the river. This by the way would make a great brewery or bar on the river.
The area on VanDuzee Street should belong to all people of Watertown.
If a Inside pool is not possible, at least make it a park or even a dog park.

Anonymous said...

@8:01 PM

Yeah? Then when he is so concerned about the city, why did he build his business outside of the City of Watertown on Route 11? Is this not the Town of Watertown?

But you are right, CC made some bad choices the last year.
So they should get it right this time and not sell this land cheap to private interests. For special not that cheap, this would be an
insult to the Taxpayers of Watertown.
This area should a public area for all the Watertown people as a Inside Water world pool or park.
This is a possibility for the CC to do something serious for the North side, as they have no park in their area.