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Disputed Land Buy Approved CORTLAND - After heated discussion on acquisition costs f0> properties for the city's proposed urban renewal project on N. Main Street, the Common Council Tuesday night agreed to pay the $301,250 asked. The properties are owned by Cortland Hotel proprietor An - gelo Maniccia, and comprise tfie heart of the five - property parcel. - Although the council has previously agreed to pay Cornell University its asking price of $155,000 for the former Sears Koebuck building on Groton Avenue (the fomer site of the Cortland Opera House), and $53,500 for the Joseph DeSanta property at 20 N. Main St., it had balked at the Maniccia request. Dr. Arthur D'Addario, 7th Ward alderman, opened discussion on the proposal by moving that the council approve the selling offer. "I don't think the offer is out of line in comparison with other downtown properties in the area," he said. Although 3rd Ward Alderman Charles Poskanzer was absent because of the Jewish high holidays, Mayor Samuel Forcucci said the alderman had earlier indicated approval of the price. The 3rd Ward alderman reportedly had previously opposed the amount. As the roll call vote proceeded, 1st Ward Alderman Irving Goodrich qualified his approval by noting, "I am approving this for the good of the city, but I don't think the property is worth it." Eighth Ward Alderman Robert Haggerty commented that on every previous vote on acquisition of the Maniccia property, he had been in opposition. He was voting for it in this instance, he said, "because it is in the best interest of the city. I agree with Alderman Goodrich that the cost is too high, but we've already spent $40,000 on the project and I don't want to see the whole thing go down the drain." the final vote for acquisition was unanimous, 7 - 0, with Poskanzer absent. Following the vote, Goodrich asked John Hildebrandt, project director, "Can we now get going (on demolition and construction) and how?" Hildebrandt replied, "The first order of will be to proceed with bonding or funds," and Forcucci interjected that the council will meet in special session to act on this prior to the next regular meeting. Hildebrandt added, "Then there will be the closings with property owners which will involve getting abstracts through the surveyors, then relocation of occupants and the contracts for demolition will be sought through bid requests. ■ "Then," Hildebrandt said, Til go right to New York City (to Regional Housing and Urban Development headquarters) to shorten the time frame." Mayor Forcucci asked Hildebrandt to "proceed with all deliberate haste" in completing administrative work on the project, and 5th Ward Alderman Duane Bonawicz said, "We must be sure the bonding attorneys give the correct information for proper procedure." City Corporation Counsel Thomas Gilhooley assured Bonawicz that this would be done. Although there has been considerable speculation in the city in recent months over who what corporation might develop the blocklong plot in the center of town after demolition, no official answer had emerged either during the administration of Morris Noss, who originally proposed the neighborhood development project, or during the present administration. Early in negotiations over city approval of the project last year, Ramada Inns was mentioned as a possible developer, but no authoritative designation of the company has been made

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  1. The Post-Standard,
  2. 18 Sep 1974, Wed,
  3. Page 102

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