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More Batavia meetings ahead for Campana plan

Historic Preservation Commission to review proposal Aug. 14

BATAVIA – What’s next for the proposed Campana project?

More meetings.

The Batavia Historic Preservation Commission will take a look at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in the City Council chambers of the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave.

With the Campana building listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979 and designated as a local landmark by the city of Batavia since 2003, the preservation panel will be concerned with maintaining the architectural integrity of the building.

Key to the discussion is expected to be Evergreen Real Estate Group’s plan to install operable windows on the first floor of the building, below the line of the structure’s signature glass block.

Also expected to be a major point for the commissioners will be the developer’s plan to relocate the unsightly cellphone antennas installed on the sides of the tower.

Evergreen Director of Development David Block said the antennas are to be placed on top of the tower and screened by an 8-foot-tall fiberglass sheath that will be designed to mimic the appearance of the tower’s masonry.

Block contends that Evergreen’s proposal is the best opportunity to save the landmark building. He said the building’s exterior masonry is cracking and crumbling and that $1 million of the $30 million project would be spent on repairs.

Two days after the historic preservation meeting, the Batavia Plan Commission will reconvene its public hearing on the Campana proposal at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 in the council chambers.

The commission is expected to take more comments from the public before members of the panel begin their deliberations. Mayor Jeff Schielke suggested the commission’s public hearing likely will be continued again.

Once the plan commission completes its discussion and makes recommendations, the proposal will go to the Batavia City Council’s Committee of the Whole in what is expected to be a lengthy process.

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