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Plans outlined for Route 5S

Levy said the area could be rezoned into a Planned Business Development District due to its highway access and solid transportation infrastructure. The new district could allow for several types of uses, including agricultural, warehousing, transportation, freight and distribution facilities.

The study doesn't only recommend development though.

CDTC recommends the inclusion of a river shoreline buffer in the area. The buffer would provide for an undisturbed area along the Mohawk River with potential public access.

"The land could be created as park space, passive area or open space," said Levy.

Levy said the study provides recommendations for open space throughout the corridor by extending the undeveloped acreage adjacent to the river.

Supervisor Steven Tommasone said the area could also benefit from a $150,000 state Brownfield opportunities grant.

He said the grant could be used to increase historic tourism and increased park space in the area, especially along the river.

He cited the recent listing of Erie Canal Lock 23, off Rice Road on the National Register of Historic Places as a model site for future tourism in the area.""

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