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Caz developer very excited

I'm very excited!'

Dave Muraco looks forward to his signature project, maybe his last

By Willie Kiernan

Dave Muraco is not new to the area, but he is bringing something new to Cazenovia. Contingent on village annexation, he intends to purchase the 4-acre plot of land where the Cazenovia Motel sits on the south side of Route 20 East and build a modern, year round motel that would not contradict the rural character of the community.

In December, with the town of Cazenovia exercising a moratorium for development, Muraco submitted an application for annexation into the village. After the Pioneer project, which was to be built across Route 20 on the north side, was denied annexation, Muraco decided to postpone his submission to allow the moratorium to pass and to await the outcome of the town's comprehensive plan. Annexation into the village is currently necessary to receive village water.

"Aside from the fact that I need the water, I have visions of connecting that property to the village with sidewalks," Muraco said. "There's something to be said about developments on the edge of the community where there's parking and no congestion. You're not bringing that traffic back into the village."

Muraco's vision of bungalow-type structures will include a common patio area leading to clusters of four and six entries. He said it will be very cool and if there were a wedding party in town, this is where they are all going to want to stay. On the property, there will also be retail opportunities for other businesses which could include the re-location of Eckerd Drugs and a spa.

"I'm very excited about getting this done," Muraco said. "This is going to be a signature project of mine, maybe one of the last projects I do. My presence here is long term. I plan to be here a long time."

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