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Caz: Developers present Riverside Drive proposal

Community members also criticized access to the development, pointing out the narrow road leading to the parking lot.

Local developer Bob Hood presented several points to the village board.

"The village hasn't properly, in my opinion, addressed the need for parking," Hood said.

Until now, he said, there weren't vacant spaces that could be taken advantage of to alleviate the parking problem.

"Why would you consider putting any type of development of this scale on a lot before you take care of existing building owners?" Hood said. "We only have about 25 percent of our 40 storefronts occupied by retail shops because there isn't enough parking. I have tenants in Skaneateles, where we have adequate parking. I try to bring them out here -- they won't even come to Cazenovia because there's not adequate parking."

Hood suggested that a medical facility would be a much better fit farther down Route 20, outside of downtown Cazenovia. Medical office facilities have more visitors than the average office building, Hood said, leading to a "tremendous" amount of traffic.

In response to concerns of increased traffic and insufficient space, Green said that they hope the development would bring positive change to the village.

Green said that a development with medical facilities and apartments would be a positive addition to the village, addressing a need for residences in the village and providing economic growth.

"We're trying to do the right thing," said Green. "We're trying to do a project you could all be proud of, and feel very comfortable about The intent is to make something that's viable and desirable and a wonderful addition to the community."

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