On Route 20, the state has chosen to emphasize the importance of preserving historic villages with significant structures as well as vistas and viewscapes. In addition, the state now stresses for tourists the importance Route 20 played in the westward expansion of this country. Cazenovia’s Route 20 has the great advantage of clutter free entrances and so seems more welcoming and more interesting to visitors and potential shoppers.
Demolition of the Comstock House will destroy not just the house but will also impair the character and quality of the village’s historical, architectural, and aesthetic values. Demolition of the building will affect how the village is perceived as it is entered.
Furthermore, the Planning Board should not set a precedent by approving a demolition or zoning change without a clear commitment as to what the replacement shall be.
If the demolition is not approved there is still a possibility of finding a use or a purchaser that will be acceptable to New Venture Assets LLC. However, demolition is irreversible and will endure forever.
For these reasons, the CPF Board of Directors asks that the town planning board reject the pending application.
Board of Directors
Cazenovia Preservation Foundation