The preliminary site plan for the proposed Empire Brewing Company farmstead brewery on Route 13 in Cazenovia shows lavender and hops fields, and the main building and parking lot at the back of the lot. The proposed site for the development is in the town immediately over the village line; the property shares its boundary line with southern edge of Lorenzo, near the Rippleton Schoolhouse.
continued Construction will take eight months and be completed in one phase; the project will create 10 new jobs during construction and 75 new jobs once the project is complete; the brewery will not routinely produce offensive odors nor operating noise exceeding regulated levels; the facility will use approximately 10,000 gallons of water per day; it will not create significant traffic increases or impacts.
The village board, in its capacity as lead government agency for the project, stated in its portion of the SEQR form that the project will have “small to moderate” impacts on the land itself due to the planned commercial and agricultural development. Other than that, the village declared there would be no impacts — as defined by the SEQR — on existing water bodies, groundwater or surface water; air quality; plants or animals; historic or archeological sites; area aesthetics; open space and recreation; or existing transportation systems, community energy sources or noise and odors.
The board also declared there is not likely to be any public controversy related to the project.
“This is a very widely-supported, popular proposal,” Cazenovia Mayor Kurt Wheeler told the Cazenovia Republican. “It’s a win-win: it brings economic stimulus, tax stimulus and keeps the land for agricultural use.”
One concern about approving village annexation for the proposed brewery has been the impact its operations could have on the village sewage system in terms of the added volume of liquid as well as solids in the liquid needing to be broken down, Wheeler said.
Katleski told the board on Jan. 7 he will accommodate the village “in any way, shape or form” to satisfy their concerns and needs on the sewage issue. He said Empire plans to install three different levels of solid removal in its on-site wastewater treatment system that will remove solids before the water even gets to the village sewage plant. He said of those removed solids, the yeast from the fermentation tanks will be used as cattle feed and the leftover from the hops production can be used as fertilizer. He plans to install a centrifuge to remove all other remaining solids, he said.