Silver Creek eyes Victory Garden on Central Ave.

OBSERVER Photo by Braden Carmen Pictured is the design for a “Victory Garden” at the former Revere Inn site, located at 240 Central Ave., in the village of Silver Creek.

SILVER CREEK — Ever since the former Revere Inn was demolished, the village of Silver Creek has been seeking a permanent use for the land it vacated on Central Avenue.

The Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club has proposed a plan to bring life to the site with a benefit for all of its residents in need.

The Garden Club proposed a Victory Garden be established at the site, featuring fresh produce to be grown for all who can benefit. The term “Victory Garden” stems from World War I, when gardens were planted at parks and residences throughout the world to supplement rations during the war.

Mayor Jeff Hornburg reviewed the Garden Club’s proposal and stated he didn’t “have any problem with it.” He added, “in fact, I think it was pretty good.”

The Village Board allowed for time for public comment regarding the proposal, but despite soliciting feedback through word of mouth and media/social media outlets, no members of the public came to share their thoughts. Hornburg said he was not surprised by no public response.

“I like your proposal, and I’m going to guess that those that aren’t here either like it as well, or don’t care,” Hornburg said to representatives of the Garden Club. “We will move forward with you.”

In its proposal, the Garden Club listed more than 40 types of produce that could be grown at the Victory Garden, ranging from lettuce and spinach to corn and melons. The project could begin as early as this year, with the Village evaluating the cost of the project in the coming months. Village Trustee Sandra Lindstrom later thanked the Garden Club for the work done on the proposal.

The Village also recently purchased a parcel of land located between Dollar General and the Village Department of Public Works building, which Hornburg said he would also like to evaluate a use for.

The Garden Club also reported a strong showing from the community at its annual Garden Faire. Vendors came from across western New York and even Pennsylvania to attend the event.

Also related to food insecurity, the next mobile food pantry event will be Tuesday, May 28, beginning at 11 a.m., at the Village Municipal Parking Lot. The monthly event is sponsored by the Silver Creek Food Pantry, FeedMore of WNY, and the Village of Silver Creek. Regulars are asked to reuse the bags and containers distributed.


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