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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 2005, Syracuse, New York r The Post-Standard Affiliated with TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2005 FINAL EDITION C 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING SNOW AND COLD More snow will fall across Cen- tral New York today and Wednesday as a disturbance crosses the area. Temperatures will take 2 uuu aia_> week. How Big Plans Unraveled in B'Ville riif wlw wuMim! iw 101 uiucii ui LUC Complete forecast C-6 HIGH: 36 LOW: 23 trMsforathe vioge sow began going separate ways. By Tom Leo l.rrrt-Q.- Jim Orlando, Dan O'Hara and Dan Coholan once believed to- gether they could help transform Baldwinsville into a vibrant, trendy place with hip restaurants and quirky shops. The group known as COO De- velopment bought properties in the business district and started changing ihe face of she village. the Four Comers in the village, where routes 31 and 48 intersect. It houses five businesses. They planned a 10-acre industrial- business park off East Genesee many as 5uu people. The highlight of their partner- ship was to be the transformation of the former Mercer Mill on Paper Mill Island, a five-story historic wooden grain mill, into a million upscale inn and conference center. Almost as soon as the three four the partnership began to unravel. Today, Orlando is looking for financial backing to complete the Mercer Mill project. He also faces a million lawsuit filed to redevelop the village slowed. Downtown Baldwinsville is studded with large yellow Pyra- mid Brokerage "For Sale" signs. Three buildings Orlando still owns with Coholan on Os- price is SI. 19 million. "Honestly, you see all these buildings for sale, you get a little said Mayor Andrew Dryden, who nevertheless still is confident the village will thrive. Sn hrw Hid the COO oartner- YVciH pUOiiC VViui ITilil piliT ne worKeu lor years. lan, whom Orlando bought out of the Mercer Mill project, wants to liquidate his other interests with Orlando and terminate the partnership. Former village mayor O'Hara sold his shares of COO to Orlando about three years ago. e iu auies 01 nicy hoped to turn into the business park at the former Jar- dine Foundry site at 80 E. Genesee St. A fourth building on Oswego Street that Orlando owns by himself is for sale. Mercer Mill has two large yel- low signs touting the area as a Aiiip JtUJ uptUi. All three men were to bring their unique talents to the com- pany. Orlando was the contrac- tor. O'Hara was the accountant with the political connections. Coholan had the means to find the financing. "You look at the three of us VJIMftt pJRf JJ The Post-Standard's annual treasure hunt is under way. I This year, there are four hunts: j Medallions have been hidden j in Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison and Oswego counties. CLUE, Page B-3 Bird flu virus may cause human crisis, CDC says Scientists expect the flu virus killing poultry in Asia to geneti- cally change into a human ver- sion that could cause a pandem- ic, an official warned Monday. STORY, PAGE A-9 ChoicePoint rechecking customers' authenticity Credit-reporting agency ChoicePoint is rescreening cli- ents after criminals posing as businesses stole B-8 Also: In another security breach, Paris Hilton's cell-phone direc- tory of show-biz friends was posted on the Internet in an at- tack on T-Mobile's A-2 Telenwrketer lied about donations, official says New York state's attorney general is accusing Liberty Pro- j ductionsof Rhode Island and j Massachusetts of lying during j fund-raising it did for police and i firefighter charities. Oswego city j police assisted in his probe. STORY, PAGE A-4 Hundreds of prisoners return home in Palestine Israel released 500 Palestini- an prisoners Monday, another symbolic step in its relationship with Palestinian Authority Presi dent Mahmoud Abbas. STORY, PAGE A-6 Yankees slugger welcomed by fans New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi, linked to steroid use in the off-season, was j greeted by fans Monday when he arrived at spring training camp in Tampa, Fla. STORY, PAGE C-l Block History in Central New York Harriett Tubman was perhaps the top figure in the Under- ground Railroad. The Post-Stan- dard series, Stops on the Road to Freedom, looks at her home in Auburn, Cayuga County, and its role in the abolition movement. STORY, PAGE B-2 Corrections Student's online education Co-owner of Calico Gals in Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call470-NEWS Index Business____1-8 Oosifod___H Mories--------M CHY____M NwYorm Conic____W Spjrts_____C-l tod nws__. 1-1 Ger.arc Molina, Los Angeles Associated Press A LARGE SINKHOLE swallows a part of Tijuana Avenue Monday in Sun Valley, Caiif. A repair worker died late Sunday when he fell into the sinkhole created by a powerful storm. Califomians flee mud, hail, twisters The Associated Press Los Angeles Mudslides trapped people in their homes Monday and forced others to flee as Southern California was hit by another powerful storm. At least four deaths were blamed on LUC wcciLucl