Caz: Addressing downtown

Addressing downtown

New committee forms to grow consensus for a Riverside Drive project

By Willie Kiernan


The Riverside Drive Committee had their first meeting and now they have a homework assignment.

"Each member will come back with their list of the issues and possible solutions that are important to themselves as village residents and the organizations that they represent," said Russ Brownback, chairman of the committee.

The new village committee is represented by the ZBA, the planning board, the village board, CACDA, the library, the chamber, HPC, public works, ASHI and neighbors. An invitation was also sent out to the Boy Scouts. By forming the committee, the village hopes to get a consensus of what would be allowable and a priority list of what would be preferable to create guidelines for the development.

"I'm incredibly impressed with both the competence of this committee and the passion in this community for this project," Brownback said.

The Riverside Drive Committee was formed after the March 3 board meeting when Green, Shannon and Assoc. presented a drawing of a possible development on Riverside Drive and included a park and a creek walk. The proposal showed three buildings with a road that connected to Albany Street. It also addressed many of the village's concerns regarding parking, senior housing and further development of the downtown area.

"This would be a tremendous community development and I think we can do it," Ed Green said at the March 3 meeting. "It'll be tasteful and something we'll be proud of."

Before officially responding to the one proposal, the village board issued legal invitations for alternate propositions.

"Since the village is not in the development business; we're encouraging multiple proposals with the hope of finding several fresh professional concepts to consider," Brownback said.

The village issued a legal ad, a request for proposals for development of the former Cazenovia Town Garage property on Riverside Drive in this paper's March 26 edition. The solicitation of proposals stated that submittals would include concept site plans, building elevations, at least 24 parking spots for the library and financial feasibility among other things, all consistent with the comprehensive plan. The deadline for submittals is 5 p.m. May 30.

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