[An early rendering shows the One Washington Place downtown redevelopment project in Batavia from the corner of Wilson Street and Route 25.]
After each alderman had offered an opinion, Schielke weighed in.
The mayor reminded the council that most big projects in Batavia over the years, ranging from Riverrain Point Apartments to the Batavia Public Library, have involved controversy and a lengthy approval process.
“It may appear to be a dark moment, but something good will happen,” the mayor said.
Schielke acknowledged that work on One Washington Place has been “a real bloodletting process,” but urged aldermen to focus on the economic benefits of a new population concentration downtown, along with the future property tax revenues.
The mayor’s comments appeared to have swayed at least a couple aldermen to give the project one last chance, including O’Brien and 3rd Ward Alderman Dan Chanzit.
Others voting to authorize the financial analysis included 2nd Ward Alderman Alan Wolff, 4th Ward Aldermen Susan Stark and Tony Malay, 5th Ward Alderman Lucy Thelin Atac and 7th Ward Alderman Drew McFadden.
Brown, generally a strong supporter of the mayor, voted no.
Joining him were 1st Ward Alderman Scott Salvati, 2nd Ward Alderman Marty Callahan, 3rd Ward Alderman Elliot Meitzler, 5th Ward Alderman Mark Uher and 6th Ward Aldermen Nick Cerone and Michael Russotto.