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Turf field approved for Cazenovia College Athletic Complex

Planning board examines impacts, consents to construction

The open parcel of land behind Cazenovia College’s Schneeweiss Athletic Complex will soon include a synthetic turf field. Following three Cazenovia Village Planning Board public hearings, the college’s request for construction was approved, on the terms they include an enhanced drainage system and exclude lights, seating and extra parking.

The open parcel of land behind Cazenovia College’s Schneeweiss Athletic Complex will soon include a synthetic turf field. Following three Cazenovia Village Planning Board public hearings, the college’s request for construction was approved, on the terms they include an enhanced drainage system and exclude lights, seating and extra parking. Photo by Pierce Smith.

The drainage system initially proposed by Cazenovia College and the traditional aesthetic character of the neighborhood were two attributes that concerned many neighboring residents.

During the month of August, engineers reworked drainage schemes to better accommodate the field and ensure nearby basements would stay dry. Along with the enhanced drainage, sub surface and synthetic playing surface, Cazenovia College was authorized to include one 5-by-16-foot scoreboard in the northwest corner of the field.

School administrators were charged with allowing weekly inspections of construction, maintaining an orderly building site and adequate access for Liberty Street traffic.

“We are pleased that the college’s site plan application to install a synthetic turf field in the same location as our current field (for our existing athletics program) was thoroughly reviewed and then approved by the Village Planning Board,” said Cazenovia College President Mark J. Tierno. “Moving forward with the project will help to improve the current drainage of the field and allow our student-athletes to experience a normal athletic season.”

The field will be used by the school’s soccer and lacrosse teams. Construction is expected to begin shortly, and last for about six weeks.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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