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Proposed Empire Brewery land annexed into village

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.

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.

— With the village annexation complete, Katleski next will submit the project to the village planning board for site plan and architectural review, as well as apply to the village board for a change in the zoning district. The land currently is zoned for residential use, which must be changed in order to build the multi-use (agricultural, commercial and tourism) brewery.

Wheeler expects the zoning change request to be discussed by the village board at its February meeting, with an anticipated public hearing and probable vote on the subject in March, he said.

The planning board has scheduled a public hearing on the project for 7:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the village hall meeting room, said board Chair Rich Huftalen.

The planning board already met with Katleski on Monday, Jan. 14, as an “informal update in anticipation of the official hearing,” Huftalen said.

The Cazenovia Town Board voted at its Jan. 14 meeting to approve the village’s annexation of the brewery property and its SEQR declaration.

Katleski told the village board on Jan. 7 that he still hopes and intends to break ground on the project this spring and be open for business by the fall.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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