“Tops just put an application in — they want to take the corner of the shopping center and they’re going to put in fuel pumps,” Muraco said. “We’re realigning the shopping center. We’ll actually add 45 parking spaces because of this.”
Tops recently built a gas station on East Genesee Street in DeWitt. Using points acquired through grocery shopping, customers are able to receive fuel at discounted prices.
Muraco also explained the recent closure of 32 cabins at Motel Cazenovia on Route 20, which he owns. Due to decreased usage and increased concern about uninvited inhabitants, Muraco has left the 11 rooms closest to the road open and available for lodging year-round. The closed cabins have been boarded up, and remain so, until there is a need for them.
“We’re not manning these things every day. We could have people off the streets living in there, we could have kids breaking in and holding a party in there,” Muraco said. “I had to [close the rooms] for liability reasons.”
Muraco said he will continue moving toward the acquisition of a demolition permit for “Ender’s House,” a structure he owns on Route 20.
Amid concern from residents and area historic and preservation foundations, he is looking to turn the property into a green space, available for development in the future. Muraco filed for a permit from the town of Cazenovia, and estimates he will receive an answer by May.
If denied, Muraco said he will take legal action. “It’s not a threat. It’s just a matter of what I have to do.”
Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.