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Commentary: Parking needs to be addressed in village of Cazenovia

Villages thrive when they have vibrant retail districts, and die when they don't. We have learned that sidewalks, flags and painted storefronts aren't enough to create a consistently viable retail marketplace. Customers require ample and convenient parking, as is evidenced by those villages and shops that have successful retail centers. Our current policy of paying a person to place parking tickets on cars is counterproductive, and discourages customers from shopping in our village. We need to change the culture with regard to parking in the village and incentivize the redevelopment of existing vacant buildings, and now is the time to do so.

*Work with the developer to create a viable apartment project and a large public parking lot

*Install paystations, which will generate revenue; eliminate the expense for the parking patrol; and encourage merchants, employees and owners to park in the more affordable public lot

*Work with owners of vacant and under utilized buildings offering parking and incentives to redevelop and make their space attractive to lease

Cazenovia has a great opportunity to resolve the parking issue and support our retail merchants; create village apartments; encourage redevelopment of vacant buildings; generate parking revenue; attract a medical facility; and to avoid creating a traffic problem by allowing a development that is simply too large and not appropriate for the Riverside property. Sounds too good to actually happen!

Bob Hood

Cazenovia

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