Whether or not housing is developed along County Route 202 is yet to be scene, but the location is attractive, as it is near just about everything people look for.
For the crowd always clamoring for "vision" and "leadership", I don't mind saying the solving of sewage flow issues on the west side of Watertown is and will be crucial to development for housing and commericial activity.
I was not anxious to be the one seen as blocking the construction of the Olive Garden, a popular chain restaurant wanted by many. That is what we at City Hall did as a means of compelling the Town of Watertown to build a needed diversion line from Arsenal Street to Coffeen Street. This will alleviate flows on Arsenal and allow for development in the area of Stateway Plaza. It also allows more to be done on outer Arsenal.
Concurrent initiatives in the Gaffney Drive area with a new pump station and other improvements will help as well.
This week a new sewer agreement was inked by the Town and City and if that facilitates more housing, that is a goal consistent with what I feel needs to happen.
The most frequent question I got over recent years is "when are we getting an Olive Garden ?" I was always circumspect about saying we at City Hall were the Grinch on the issue...But with the sewer situation solved and the restaurant under construction, I can now answer the question....It will be open by spring.
Watertown Daily Times Housing eyed along County Route 202