by Larry Austin
The process of building a new million-dollar storage and maintenance building for Veterans Park is underway.
At its meeting Monday, the Grand Island Town Board set a public hearing for Monday, July 7, at 8 p.m. in Town Hall to consider an application by Russell Certo to rezone 1881 Bedell Road from R1D to M2 for the purpose of constructing the maintenance building.
Board members held a meeting with Bedell Road residents May 21, where they explained the town would lease the property with an option to later buy it at an estimated cost of $1.2 million. The lease-and-buy option would allow the town to avoid prevailing wage laws and save 20 percent on the overall cost of the project.
The property, at 1875 and 1889 Bedell Road, is owned by Darryl Krupczyk and Andrea Krupczyk, who have authorized Certo to seek all necessary approvals for the project. The land is adjacent to Veterans Park and would become part of the park once the town buys it.
The topic was not on Monday's meeting agenda, but the board voted 5-0 to suspend the rules to consider the matter, and then voted 5-0 to set the hearing.