To the Editor:
I think it is high time that the village and maybe the town of Canton took the bull by the horns and did something about the problem created by the owner of the Midtown Plaza, Garry L. Cohen.
If the prices that are quoted that he is asking for rental on parking spaces are true, Mr. Cohen is way out of line for this part of the state.
The area code of the sign on the Jubilee store is for New York City, which makes me think that Mr. Cohen has a New York City attitude in a rural northern New York Village.
I have to wonder if the reason the Jubilee store is still empty is that Mr. Cohen’s price is too high for this also. Even though the property is privately owned it makes the village look bad when Mr. Cohen takes care of things the way he does.
I think the village and or town should ask all parties to sit down and be the mediator and see if they can get this settled. If they can’t I would suggest that the village find the resources and take over the parking lot by eminent domain and turn it into public parking. It is used that way frequently by people going to nearby businesses not in the plaza anyway.
I am not really a big fan of eminent domain, but I think maybe this is one time when it should be used. Mr. Cohen would be given fair market value for the lot which is probably nowhere close to what he thinks it is. This would solve a lot problems and make the greater Canton area look better.
It is time something should be done about this. I think at this point the people to get it started is the village and or the town of Canton. I would asked our elected officials to step up and get the ball rolling.