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Carthage takes possession of Village Green

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CARTHAGE — After months of hammering out the wording for a warranty deed, the village has acquired ownership of the Village Green area of State Street that was burned out in 2002.

Following the block fire, the Carthage Coordinated Development Group was formed to consolidate the nine burned properties to ease the lot’s sale. At that time, an 80-bed nursing home was being considered for the site.

The park was established in 2007 to add aesthetic appeal to the downtown area while the development was determined. A 20-space parking lot was added behind the green space.

The Village Green was kept intact when Carthage Area Hospital purchased part of the lot in 2009 to build the Community Health Center, which houses Women’s Way to Wellness Center.

Following that development, the CCDG offered to turn the property over to the village. However, it originally stipulated that the area forever remain a park. Board members objected to this stipulation, which would limit options for future boards.

The village attorney, Mark G. Gebo, also stated that if the site were designated for recreation, it would take state action to reverse that decision.

After meeting with attorney Timothy A. Farley representing the CCDG, it was agreed to revise the deed to read, “the village should utilize the property in whatever manner it sees fit to promote the interest of the Carthage community.”

With the revised language, the board agreed to accept the deed and take possession of the property.

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