Le Roy mayor wants to see the village take its time on deciding the future of former Wiss property
Submitted by Howard B. Owens on April 24, 2013 - 11:14pm
Ignore the rumors, whatever they may be, Le Roy Mayor Greg Rogers said tonight during a village board meeting.
If there were any offers for the now vacant lot where the Wiss Hotel once stood, he would know about it, and there have been none.
"Any time you hear a rumor, because I think I'm the guy they have to call first if they want to buy it, don't get in an uproar, because people like to start rumors."
Previously, Rogers had said that by the second meeting in April he would have a plan or an idea of a plan about what to do with the corner of Route 19 and Route 5.
The plan right now, he said, is to wait.
He wants to give the village residents six months to absorb the idea of that empty corner and present ideas about what they think should be done with it.
After six months, he will seek an outside real estate broker to get it appraised and see if there are any suitors.
Rogers said early on the gas station chain Fast Track contacted the village, but he said he discouraged them.
"They have beautiful stores, but that's not what we're looking for," he said.
At one meeting during the debates about the Wiss, Trustee Jim Bonacquisti said he was looking forward to seeing what it would be like to drive into the village without the Wiss blocking the view of the Presbyterian Church.
"The other day I had the opportunity after the building was somewhat down to come up Lake Street," Rogers said. "My personal opinion is nothing looks more inviting and I'll say more New England than to see a wooden white church with a steeple and and open porch as you drive into a community. It's pretty striking. It really kinds of shows you the place where we all live."
Most of the responsibility for determining what happens with the corner will fall to the village and town planning board, but since the village owns the property, the trustees will have quite a bit of say about what happens with the lot.
And Rogers is mindful that whatever happens, at least half the people will be angry.
"No matter what goes there, half the people are going to be mad and you're looking at five idiots and the other half are going 'that's not so bad,' " Rogers said.