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Commentary: Parking needs to be addressed in village of Cazenovia

With the acquisition of the former town highway department property, Cazenovia has a unique opportunity to mitigate a serious parking problem as well as increase the tax base. I urge the village trustees to consult with experienced, professional planners and to create guidelines so that requests for proposals reflect the needs and concerns of the greater Cazenovia village.

This property presents a limited and a challenging site to build on, and access is already restricted. There is an obvious demand for (senior) apartments in the village, and they would coexist well with the 45 additional parking spaces that must be provided for our library. Apartments have the lowest parking requirements and their tenants generate the least amount of traffic.

While Cazenovia would benefit from the proposed medical office tenant, this site is not the best location for doctors offices; for patient access; or for the residents,merchants and customers in the village.village. Most patients drive to their doctor's offices, and wait in crowded waiting rooms. Accordingly, building codes require that medical offices have a minimum of five (and as many as eight) parking spaces per thousand square feet of office space. The 10,000 sq. ft. of proposed medical office space should have 50 to 80 dedicated parking spaces, exclusive of the 45 spaces for the library. Other office and mixed-use space should also have a minimum of five cars per thousand sq. ft. of space. Apartments require two spaces per unit. The proposal as presented was significantly short of parking.

The medical facility belongs on Rt. 20. It would have better visibility; easier access for patients and ambulances; and adequate parking.

The proposal that was presented Monday evening would add to the shortage of parking in the village; increase traffic congestion onto Mill Street; and eliminate the unique opportunity to incentivize development and occupancy of vacant buildings by providing parking that most properties do not have. The village of Cazenovia was planned and designed before the automobile was developed. There are several hundred cars parked along village streets on any given day, with people "rolling" their cars every two hours to avoid parking tickets. Elected leaders need to take action to create public parking for property owners and tenants, so that there is convenient available parking for shoppers and visitors adjacent to retail stores.

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