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Village to have survey and appraisal conducted on East Orvis Street lot

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MASSENA - A Massena couple who own and operate a garage and used car lot on East Orvis Street may soon be purchasing a 100x100 plot of land located adjacent to a village-owned park on East Orvis Street.

The couple appeared before the board last month to make their request for the land, which will be used for employee parking, as well as parking for the used cars they sell.

Michael and Jessica Baxter opened Baxter’s Automotive two years ago, recently adding used car sales to their business.

“Over the last two years we’ve grown so big we’ve ran out of space,” Mr. Baxter said, adding his shop now has six employees.

“Before we get there or open in the morning, our lot is almost already full,” he said.

By acquiring the land across from their business, Mr. Baxter said that would create approximately 25 parking spaces, which would be used for employees and used cars.

“Customers would not be parking there,” he said, adding the additional lot would free up space for his customers to park without having to cross the street.

Should the village agree to sell the land, Mr. Baxter said he would install lighting and security cameras on the property.

Mayor James F. Hidy noted that while the village owns the land it is actually located outside of village boundaries, meaning any planning and zoning issues would go before the town’s planning and zoning boards.

“Nothing is ever easy,” he said. “We would have to survey it and then it would have to be subdivided.”

Trustee Patricia K. Wilson said she didn’t have any problems with the potential transaction, but she would like to see the property returned to green space, should the business ever close.

“I would like to see a provision that the property is returned back to green space should you decide to close up,” she said.

Mr. Hidy also said he’s not sure who would be responsible for paying for the survey and appraisal, but Mr. Baxter said he wouldn’t mind covering the costs.

Ms. Wilson said the next step would be finding out how much those services will cost and getting board approval to move forward with potential sale.

“We would have to have board approval for the appraisal even if you are paying for it,” she said.

Ms. Wilson also said she’s glad to see their business doing so well.

“We thank you for having a business here and considering expanding it,” she said.

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