Salamanca Eyes Development, Property Sales

ALAMANCA – Development and repair of three streets and the sale of 10 city-owned properties topped the recent agenda for the Salamanca Common Council.

A contract with Urban Engineers of Buffalo, will bring the design proposal for repairs, milling and overlay of Center and Summit streets in the city. The contract, according to Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella, stipulates that the cost of the phase is not to exceed $30,000.

Work on Center Street is expected to be from the rail crossing to the city line, a stretch of about 2,350 feet. Work on Summit Street will encompass 1,650 feet, from Clinton Street to Hill Street. According to the contract, if Urban was notified by city officials on March 13, field work to design and review would begin immediately, lasting for four to six weeks. Once contractors are in place, work on the projects is expected to begin around mid-May with completion by the end of July.

“We have been doing business with this company for a while,” Vecchiarella said. “One of the things they give us is project inspection to help us know that the work is being done properly.”

The other street to get some attention is development along State Park Avenue. Hunt Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors, P.C., of Horseheads, will be doing conceptual design work to help figure out just what the city would like to do with the 200 acres at the end of the street. The $3,000 contract is expected to deliver conceptual commercial development plans and reimbursable expenses.

In other actions, the members of the council voted to sell the city-owned property at 82 Hancock St. to Alana McClure, of Steamburg, for $19,000, half of the assessed value.

“The young lady brought in a letter of interest in purchasing the property,” Vecchiarella said. “We will have to make a determination at a later time, as to the contents of the home, as it sits.”

The property at 82 Hancock St. had stood vacant for nearly a decade, Vecchiarella said.

In more property transactions, Merle Watt Sr. and Sydney Watt were approved to purchase four city-owned properties on the western side of Fawn Avenue, four on the western side of Academy Street and one on the eastern side of Academy Street, for $10,936.50, half of the assessed value of the property.

Vecchiarella said he has been informed that the properties will be transformed into “high-quality, one- and two-bedroom homes.”

The next meeting of the Salamanca City Council is set for March 26 at 7 p.m., in the courtroom of the Ronald Yehl Municipal Building, 225 Wildwood Ave., Salamanca.