Elderhaven possible in Canastota

A new zoning law in the village could set a precedent in residential and commercially zoned districts in the village and other communities in the surrounding area, possibly the state.

Margaret and Michael Kolodzie purchased their home at 309 South Peterboro St. in the village earlier this year in hopes of operating Elderhaven, an adult day care center. The residence is located in a residential (R-2) zoned district. The adult day care center does not fit under any of the current zoning classifications.

The Kolodzie's modeled their business after adult day care centers in Buffalo and Rochester, the closest examples to this type of service. Most adult day care centers are large, hospital-like assisted-living facilities or residential communities for the aging and provide health care. Although Margaret Kolodzie is a licensed nurse, she would not administer medication.

Elderhaven's mission is to "preserve and enrich the quality of life for senior adults and to provide respite for their caregivers." Activities include daily current events, scrap booking, arts and crafts, board games, movies and card games among others that Margaret Kolodzie has planned. Potential clients include someone who needs supervision during the day or those socially isolated, lonely or with mild dementia.

The Kolodzie's attended the village board meeting Dec. 1 and gave a presentation on the businesses and how it fits into the neighborhood. The couple stressed the need for an adult day care center, not only in Canastota but they believe in other communities as well. They submitted a signed petition and read letters of support.

Canastota resident Larry Richardson told the board that he and his wife cared for his mother instead of moving her into a nursing home or assisted-living facility.

"While giving mom care was hard and time consuming, it was worth it for me and my wife," Richardson read from a prepared statement. "But there were times when we needed a break and didn't have that outlet. Your village has the opportunity to have the first adult day care center in Madison County. You should take the lead among its municipalities and allow this."

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