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Not as bad as it looks: Vacant site needs development, but progress has been made

pConcerned over the deteriorating fence surrounding the vacant site where Mercy Hospital once stood, Watertown resident Matthew Grant lodged a complaint earlier this week with city officials./ppThe land runs between Sherman and Massey streets and from Stone to Arsenal streets. Mr. Grant lives on Massey Street and believed something had to be done./ppHe attended the City Council meeting Monday and told members about the trash he has seen along the chain-link fence. He also reminded them that the fence violated city code./pp“When is a temporary fence a permanent fence?” he asked./ppThe fence was supposed to be up only until COR Development of Fayetteville completed its proposed development. The firm envisioned creating a mix of rental housing units, offices and retail shops./ppBut after acquiring the property six years ago and razing the hospital, COR has not moved forward with its project. Company officers Steven F. Aiello and Joseph B. Gerardi were convicted last year of fraud and conspiracy for their role in a bid-rigging scheme pertaining to a state project in Central New York./ppCity Manager Richard M. Finn told Mr. Gant on Monday evening that officials will contact COR representatives to inquire about the fence. And since then, the fence has …read more

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