Cazenovia Rowing Club moves into Carpenter's Barn

Rowing Club moves into Carpenter's Barn

Barn will house club until long-term tenant is found

The Cazenovia Rowing Club has found a temporary home in Carpenter's Barn, at 1 Forman St. The historic building was most recently home to the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and has been unoccupied since last March, when CAVAC moved to their new location on Route 20.

The Carpenter's Barn Committee, formed to find a use for the now-vacant building, is actively seeking a permanent tenant, but is very happy to be hosting the rowing club in the meantime.

"Right now the village is very open to all suggested uses," said Amy Mann, committee member and village trustee. "The Carpenter's Barn Committee is looking for a potential long term use. We would like to see a community-oriented entity here... this is a great beginning."

The Cazenovia Rowing Club moved into the facility in early January and officially opened to members on Jan. 11. Their temporary location is a welcomed change, as the club formerly operated from Gypsy Bay Park on the south shore of Cazenovia Lake and stored their rowing shells at various locations.

Rooms that once housed CAVAC's dispatch center are now filled with ergometers and weight lifting equipment. The large garage that was once used to store emergency vehicles will soon be converted into the club's boathouse.

Approximately 80 members currently populate the rowing club and President Bill Carroll hopes to increase membership in the future.

"We have a really great group of people here. Everyone on the board is very active, as well as parents of the kids that row in the club, they like to get involved and help out," Carroll said, "There are a lot of great opportunities for students to receive scholarships, if they have rowing experience."

The club includes members of varying ages, offering a "scholastic" division for the school-aged participants and a "masters" group for the adult members. With the new location, all members are able to train regularly.

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