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Crumbling down

Crumbling down

Community is the cavalry for the CAVAC building and park wall

By Willie Kiernan

republican@cnylink.com

The Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps operates out of a barn, and the barn is old

"The Carpenter Estate is a vital asset to the village of Cazenovia," said Mayor Tom Dougherty.

CAVAC headquarters and all of Lakeland Park, known as the Carpenter Estate since the 1830s, have been addressed by the village along with CACDA, CPF and a donation to the community from Dudley Johnson. Structural damage has been assessed at more than $3 million. Through grants, which are as yet unapproved, the village may be able to secure 80 percent of this amount.

"CACDA helped the village of Cazenovia, which owns the structure, to apply for two different grants," said CACDA Director Barbara Henderson. The first was an application for $400,000 to the New York State

Scenic Byways Program, located within NYS DOT, to rehabilitate the building (Carpenter's Barn) that CAVAC occupies.

"Grants through this program are reimbursable and require a 20 percent match," Henderson said. "We hope to hear sometime in late fall whether

the grant will be funded."

The second application for $3.1 million was completed for the Transportation Enhancements Program, which also goes through NYS DOT. "It was to rehabilitate Carpenter's Barn and the perimeter wall, which are all part of the original Carpenter Estate, now Lakeland Park," Henderson said. "Grants through this program are reimbursable

and require a 20 percent match. We hope to hear sometime in late fall whether the grant will be funded."

In August, the village signed a Temporary Licensed Agreement with Cazenovia Restoration Corporation who agreed, as a gift to the village of Cazenovia, to repair the section of wall that caved in last fall at Lakeland Park.

"The repairs are proceeding nicely and the wall will be great," said Mayor Dougherty. The estimated cost of the repairs is around $100,000.

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