Milton updates Geyser Road plans

— Milton Supervisor Dan Lewza has big plans to attract businesses to the town, increase the tax base and enhance the quality of life for residents.

The first-term supervisor presented a conceptual strategic plan at a Monday, Jan. 7, Town Board meeting that includes a revision of the Geyser Road Corridor project that has been in the planning stages for several years.

The project, which is backed by a $1 million grant from the state Department of Transportation, was introduced last fall and includes several phases. Phase one is already in the planning stages, and last month MJ Engineering was appointed as the project planner and has since begin surveying.

Lewza said the town came up with a plan to attract tourists to the area while also keeping the town fiscally sound. The focus of the project will be the development of the town center and revitalization of Geyser Road, and includes plans to build a new town park on Rowland Street and revitalize Burgess-Kimball Park with an eye towards selling part of the park for business development in the future.

Lewza said the Geyser Road Corridor project was a reaction to the town’s financial difficulties.

“Due to the fact that we have not had enough sales tax revenue over the last decade to support the town’s tax cuts, the well is about to run dry,” he said. “We need to continue to move the town forward, I believe this will be a good, sound start to Milton’s economic turnaround.”

Since the original outline of the plan, Lewza felt a need to revise the plans in order to better manage the ambitious project.

“The goals are the same, I just want to make sure we’re not biting off more than we can chew.”

Phase one will include sidewalks, curbing and lighting on the north side of Geyser Road to the Saratoga city limits, the construction of a new town park on Rowland Street and the revitalization of Burgess-Kimball Park.

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