A vacant, boarded-up mansion that held a gloomy presence over the corner of East Genesee and Westcott streets for years now shines as an example of historic preservation. The exterior of the former Babcock-Shattuck house is all but finished, and work has shifted inside. Plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling are mostly installed, and framing is ready for drywall. The Queen Anne-style house was built in 1895, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Every year, Central New York kids request popular toys during the holiday season for various reasons… maybe it’s the bright colors or the sounds they make. However, the New York Public Interest Research Group is cautioning parents to beware of parts that pose choking hazards, injuries or even lead poisoning.
Community volunteers gathered at the Westcott Community Center this weekend to continue a special project that's grown to other neighborhoods.
The Westcott Bulb Project provides thousands of the bulbs every year as part of a beautification effort that also builds community between neighbors. This year, the group gave away “thirty-six hundred” bulbs.
Project Founder Peter Wirth says that since its start in 2003, the project has become much more than a way to brighten up gardens at the end of the winter.
Several Westcott Street business owners say construction on the latest Save the Rain project in their neighborhood has brought business to a halt. Work began three weeks ago on the million dollar project, which will narrow the road, add curbs and landscaping, plus replace sidewalks…all while keeping stormwater from overwhelming the sewer system.