April 30, 2016
By Dennis Phillips, Post-Journal

City officials continue to work at improving the bricks, sidewalks, curbs and gutters along Spring Street.

Jeffrey Lehman, city public works department director, said next week renovation work will start on Spring Street between Sixth and Eighth streets. He said the work is scheduled to take about a month to complete. He added this renovation work will go along with work done the past few years between Third and Sixth streets along Spring Street.

The work will be done by Creative Construction and will cost $35,000. The street improvement project is being paid for through federal Community Development Block Grant funding, said Vince DeJoy, city development director. He said city officials plan to continue improving Spring Street by continuing north toward Crossman Street. He added, if the Jackson Spring Apartment project is constructed, city officials will be focusing on improving Spring Street between Eighth and Crossman streets in future years.

Photo of Mickey Sorenson, Jeffrey Lehman and Vince DeJoy
From left, Mickey Sorenson, Public Works Department junior civil engineer, Jeffrey Lehman, city public works director, and Vince DeJoy, city development director, look at plans for brick, sidewalk, curb and gutter improvements along Spring Street between Sixth and Eighth streets. Work is slated to start next week and is expected to take a month to complete. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

”This is part of a comprehensive approach we’ve been taking,” he said. ”We will wait to see what needs to be done with the infrastructure if the Jackson Spring project is approved.”

The NRP Group, a privately held national multi-family housing development firm, and CODE Inc., a local neighborhood preservation nonprofit, have proposed an $11 million apartment complex project along North Main and Spring streets. Together the housing development organizations have applied for the New York State Homes and Community Renewal funding to assist in the potential development of the Jackson Spring Apartments. The proposed development project would include demolishing several condemned houses in the area, which would be funded for by the project’s investors and not the city.

The proposed development includes a 45-unit apartment complex, with 31 one-bedroom apartments and 14 two-bedroom apartments. The apartments would be geared toward middle-income level residents with a rent between the range of $500 to $700. Also, 15 percent of the units would be designed for households with members who have handicaps.