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Town chooses Syracuse-based firm as Gothic Cottage architectural consultant

— The Cazenovia Town Board has selected the Syracuse-based architectural firm of Holmes, King, Kallquist & Associates to be the lead architectural consultant on the Gothic Cottage renovation assessment project. The decision, which was followed by a unanimous board vote to officially contract with the company, came after a brief executive session during which the board had to review additional information it had requested from HKK and Landmark Consulting, of Albany. These firms had made the short list of candidates for the job, with the board finding a final decision difficult.

HKK architects will now begin their review of the Gothic Cottage and all the various issues that need to be addressed as part of a renovation project to make the building structurally sound, technologically modern and handicapped-accessible as well as usable as a municipal office space. The resulting architectural assessment and viability study will help the board to determine whether to keep the building as the town office or move to a different location.

“We think of the Gothic Cottage as a community asset and we think that we are the stewards of it,” said Councilor Liz Moran, the board’s point person for the project. “We don’t know how this will play out. We’ve heard all sorts of ideas [on what to do with the building]. We don’t know what the answers are. What’s left [to decide] we need professional help on.”

During the board’s Aug. 12 regular monthly meeting, Moran gave an update on the Gothic Cottage project to date and said that from the original qualification forms submitted by nine different companies the board narrowed the choice down to three finalists. The board interviewed representatives from all three final firms during the last week of July, from which the board narrowed the choice to HKK and Landmark Consulting but was unable to make a final pick. The board then checked the references offered by each firm and asked for additional information from each on potential project costs and other issues, Moran said.

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