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Caz: Riverside Drive alive

Riverside Drive alive

Exciting development presented Green and Shannon at village meeting

By Willie Kiernan

republican@cnylink.com

In their regular monthly meeting the Cazenovia Village Board was presented with a plan that was as impressive as it was long awaited.

"We've always expressed frustration with developers from outside of the town," said Scott Shannon. "We should do something ourselves."

Along with Eddie Green, Shannon, an associate professor at SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry, proposed an ambitious development that could revitalize downtown Cazenovia by offering housing, retail space, office space and parking, with a park along Chittenango Creek on Riverside Drive.

"We've contacted Barb Henderson of CACDA to discuss the area of the old town highway garage and adjacent properties," Shannon said. "We'd like to accomplish the goals of the village with parking, recreational value, connectivity and the need for housing."

The proposed development begins with phase one on the site of the old town garage. The building, 62,000 square feet, would combine residential and retail space along with underground parking. This property is still owned by the town with a promise to sell it to the village after a mandatory clean-up.

"Remediation will be done by the end of the year," said Mayor Tom Dougherty.

Phase two of the plan, two more buildings, would have to involve property owners along Albany Street with a continuance of Riverside Drive to create a four-corner intersection at Route 13.

"The buildings are intended to be green buildings," Shannon said. "I would hope the environmental impact would be low."

In addition to the three buildings, it was proposed that a new park be built along the creek.

"This is dramatic," said Trustee Paul Brooks. "We've been talking about this all along. How can we get more retail, living units and office space? This is the way to go."

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