Resident has concerns about Breece property

By Lenny C. Lepola -

Rainbow Avenue resident Richard Goodrich attended last Wednesday’s Sunbury Village Council meeting with concerns about the village-owned Breece property next door to his home.

The village had previously purchased and demolished the deteriorating greenhouses on Sedgwick Avenue, the next street north of Rainbow, also formerly owned by Warner Breece.

The village plans to develop its two up-ground reservoirs into park property with parking on Sedgwick, with parking access from Rainbow through the Rainbow Avenue Breece property.

An empty home is located on the Breece property, purchased three years ago by the village; the future of that home remains uncertain.

Mayor Tommy Hatfield said the Rainbow Avenue Breece home lines up with the former Sunbury water treatment plant, slated for demolition, and development of the reservoir park area.

Village Solicitor David Brehm said there would be an access drive on Rainbow to a future parking lot.

“It’s three lots, it’s 75 foot wide, the drive will go somewhere between those lot lines,” Brehm said. “(Sunbury consulting engineer) Wes Hall is working on that.”

Hatfield said the Rainbow Avenue Breece home may be sold as a fixer-upper or demolished; he also noted the house would not survive another winter without upgrades.

“There’s still some redeemable quality there, but it’s all about the reservoirs,” Hatfield said. “We want to make everybody in that area is happy, but we also want to make the reservoirs accessible.”

In other business, council members approved an ordinance that allows Pulte Homes to begin developing Sunbury Meadows Section VIII on the east side of State Route 3. The ordinance was approved with emergency language, making it effective immediately.

Council members approved holding Beggars Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.

By Lenny C. Lepola

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093