Bus Garage Project Prompts Letter Opposing Law Change

Bus Garage Project Prompts Letter Opposing Law Change

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Six businesses in the Jefferson County Corporate Park have sent a letter to the Watertown Town Council opposing a change to a local law.

The law would be changed to include "fleet vehicle operations" as a permissible use in a Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District. 

The businesses are opposed to that because they don't want a bus garage to be built there. 

Developer Mike Lundy is building a bus garage for First Student, the company which has the Watertown City School District's busing contract. 

Among the reasons the businesses are opposed to the bus garage are: they say it would create traffic problems; make the park less appealing to do business in, and that the garage wouldn't create new jobs. 

They say the change isn't worth upsetting the employers when they say better alternatives exist in other areas of Watertown.

We've reached out to Town Supervisor Joel Bartlett but have yet to hear back.

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