Frustrated Businesses Coming Around on 'Save The Rain' Projects in Westcott

Nov 22, 2013

Save the Rain project on Westcott Street was recently finished
Save the Rain project on Westcott Street was recently finished
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  The raindrops were falling this morning… and the newest “Save The Rain” Project was seeping it all up in the Westcott Neighborhood.  

The construction in the business district was challenged.  On the same day Picasso’s Bakery opened last summer, Co-Owner David Zaczynski says construction began.  Now, that the project is over, the bakery’s door is more active.

“Neighbors that lived two blocks away would come up and be like, ‘we never knew you were here, I had no idea there was a bakery here.  How long were you hear for,’ and we’d say four months.  And they were even more surprised”

Picasso's Bakery entrance was blocked during the construction
Picasso's Bakery entrance was blocked during the construction
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  Zaczynski says people avoided the Westcott area because of construction and he’s hopeful it will all be worth it, in the end. 

BUSINESSES COME AROUND

However, the Owner of Westcott Florist Dino Centra thinks people still came because of the specialty shops.

“It was an inconvenience that’s going to end up bettering everything.  Si it had to be done sometime, and the summertime, and them guys moved really fast.”

Centra concedes that his business wasn’t as affected as some of the others.  

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says The Westcott Street and West Onondaga Street Save the Rain projects will collect an estimated 6.5 Million gallons of storm water annually.