A joint effort between the Village of Wayland, Wayland Area Revitalization Inc. and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will beautify an eyesore on the point adjoining North Lackawanna and Main Streets.


Wayland Village Mayor Brian McCoy said the building has been condemned by the board, who will also approve a contractor to tear the building down per a bidding process.

A joint effort between the Village of Wayland, Wayland Area Revitalization Inc. and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will beautify an eyesore on the point adjoining North Lackawanna and Main Streets.


Wayland Village Mayor Brian McCoy said the building has been condemned by the board, who will also approve a contractor to tear the building down per a bidding process.


The village may also use its highway department to haul the debris to a landfill in Bath.


However, the village does not have the funds  necessary for razing the former gas station.


That’s where the partnership with Wayland Area Revitalization Inc. comes in. WAR is spearheading a movement to raise $4,000 for the demolition and disposal of the old building.


Once the building is cleared away, DEC will be able to remove the remaining tanks and hazardous soil.


In 2008, the DEC?had taken out two tanks, plus several tons of contaminated soil, Paul Lindenfelser, environmental specialist from the Bath DEC office said.


There are three tanks still underground that will still need to be cleaned up.


The DEC was allocated between $80,000 and $100,000 to remove the hazardous material through federal stimulus funding, Lindenfelser also said.    


When the DEC has completed this service, WAR will choose a service to landscape the property  and commission a signmaker. 


The Wayland American Legion has indicated it may possibly award a scholarship to a Wayland High School student who comes up with the best landscape design.


McCoy and WAR president Marian Crawford gave a presentation to the Wayland-Cohocton Future Business Leaders of America club about the project Dec. 22.


The club’s advisors, principal and about 25 students were in attendance.


The club officers and advisor presented a $500 check to WAR for the project, and is challenging community businesses and organizations to match it.


The club’s advisor, Terrie Applin, presented her own personal check of $100 for the effort, with the same challenge to individuals.


People interested in contributing may donate through one of the designated collection jugs inside Five Star Bank, Foodmart, American Legion, or other places throughout Wayland.


Donations are also accepted by mail. Checks may be made to Point Revitalization Project c/o WAR Inc., PO Box 367 Wayland, NY 14572.


Plans for securing landscaping costs have not been made yet.