Caz: Sitting on a gold mine

There have been a couple of vacancies for years right in the heart of the Cazenovia business district.

"What saddens me the most is that there are properties that are empty now that could be gold mines," said Claudia St. John at a joint town/village meeting May 28.

With the passing of the Comprehensive Plan, Cazenovia has spelled it out to potential developers. The community wants its commercial traffic to the north of Route 20 and downtown. So what about the downtown eyesore of the two adjacent buildings that used to house NAPA and Village Auto, both on the north side of Route 20 and downtown.

"We're open to any suggestions," said John Propper, broker for the two properties.

The two buildings on Albany Street, both abutting Center Street are owned by Widewaters. Pyramid Brokerage handles the phone calls.

"We are welcoming ideas and phone calls," Propper said.

"The Widewaters Group is a diverse real estate development and management company that has extensive experience in the development of retail, hospitality and office projects throughout the United States. For more than 25 years, Widewaters has built a reputation on a firm foundation of experience and financial strength," as written on their web site at widewaters.com. "From freestanding retail sites to large power centers, we have extensive experience in the development of retail projects throughout the United States. We pride ourselves on our in-depth market knowledge, our research capabilities, our site selection process and our long-standing relationships with retailers, landowners and government officials on the state and local level."

Though there have been efforts toward the mitigation of the eyesore, there are many factors that come into play. One of them is the fact that the corner property used to be a gas station and though nobody is saying that it has to be cleaned up, there is a possibility that the state Department of Environmental Conservation might get involved.

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