There is a lot happening on Cazenovia’s main drag these days.
Recently, jewelry-design shop Dragonfly Beads and local tack store The Show Trunk joined forces and merged retail space to form the boutique Wishlist, at 53 Albany St. Another unique boutique, Lillie Bean, has moved from its location in the McLaughlin building into the vacant retail space at 57 Albany St., which was created by The Show Trunk’s move.
Across the street, construction continues on 52-54 Albany Street, and the familiar restaurant/bar is being transformed into a dance/fitness studio. Although its owners don’t yet have an opening date, the fact that the space won’t sit stagnant is advantageous for tax-paying residents.
Increasing Cazenovia’s tax base has been an important issue, as local officials continue to see costs increase and business waver. Recently, the village board has considered reviewing zoning regulations for certain aspects of the Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 2008. This has been met with apprehension, as innumerable hours of work had been put into finalizing the document.
We at the Cazenovia Republican understand the immense amount of time and consideration put into developing the Comprehensive Plan, but fully support its careful reexamination, if Cazenovia’s residents and tax base could benefit.
We also applaud the businesses of Albany Street and this community, for their continued operation through tough economic times. They are a large factor of Cazenovia’s charm, and one of the reasons visitors return time and again.
With hopes that all future development is in keeping with Cazenovia’s character and enhances the community, we look forward to seeing Albany Street and area businesses continue to prosper and grow.