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Annexation might be ‘Nice N Easy’

Inclusion of land into village open to public comment

The potential annexation of the Stowell property, pictured, as a village property will be discussed at the next Cazenovia Village Board meeting, Oct. 3 in the Municipal Building.

The potential annexation of the Stowell property, pictured, as a village property will be discussed at the next Cazenovia Village Board meeting, Oct. 3 in the Municipal Building. Scott Keeler

— During an upcoming meeting, the village board will open public comment on the proposed annexation of land for the construction of a Nice N Easy gas station.

The Village Board of Trustees Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in the Municipal Building located at 90 Albany St. in Cazenovia.

Nice N Easy is seeking village annexation for the land in order to access village water and sewer facilities to operate a purposed gas station and car wash. The 13.452 acre property is located directly after the State Farm Insurance building when heading east on Route 20.

In order to access the village’s facilities the company will need to bore under Route 20.

According to Jim Hagan, the architect hired by Nice N Easy, going under the road to access water lines and the sewer will not result in any temporary road closures.

Hagan presented preliminary information regarding the development of a Nice N Easy in Cazenovia during a joint meeting between members of the village and town boards on Sept. 22.

At the end of the joint meeting, the town and village boards unanimously agreed to declare the Village Board of Trustees the lead agency on the annexation and identified the Village Board of Trustees, the Village Planning Board, town board, Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Conservation as involved agencies.

Trustees raised questions about storm water drainage from the site; architecture of the purposed building; acquiring Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for the building; particular zoning laws in effect on the property and placing the gas station pumps on the side of the building to obscure them from the road.

“We realize that we’re going to have to work with the community to develop the plan,” said Hagan. “We also recognize there’s a sensitivity to access to the road, visibility of the pump island, visibility of parking and we feel that we can accommodate.”

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