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Village board looks at zoning changes on Farnham Street

Local food-related businesses, fire department parking lot currently underway

The house lots at 6 and 8 Farnham St., pictured above, are currently being considered for a zone change by the village board: one for a business and one for a new fire department parking lot.

The house lots at 6 and 8 Farnham St., pictured above, are currently being considered for a zone change by the village board: one for a business and one for a new fire department parking lot. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Mayor Kurt Wheeler said Light’s house at 8 Farnham St. is currently in an R-6 residential district but it borders on a B-1 general business district. This proximity to a different zone plus the fact that the business would serve as a buffer between residences and the adjoining lot at 6 Farnham St., which is slated to be demolished and made into a parking lot for the Cazenovia Fire Department, makes the zone change possibility “certainly viable.”

Trustee Fritz Koennecke agreed that the buffer idea “makes a lot of sense.”

The trustees then discussed the separate but related zone change request from the fire department for the lot at 6 Farnham St. to be changed from residential to commercial.

The house at 6 Farnham St., a 1,896-square-foot house built in 1850 that abuts the current fire department station, was purchased by the village in April 2011 for $91,750 specifically for fire department use as extra parking or eventual building expansion. The village plans to demolish the house and is currently in the asbestos-removal phase of that process.

Superintendent of Public Works Bill Carr said the contractor estimates he recently received for the work of removing the asbestos and demolishing the house ranged from $35,000 to $50,000. By contrast, the same work on the recently-demolished house at 22 Lincklaen St., which was much smaller in size than 6 Farnham, cost the village $22,000.

Wheeler said there will be “a significant expense” to removing the house at 6 Farnham St., and the village will continue to do its research on how best to fund the job.

The trustees unanimously agreed to refer both zone change requests to the village planning board for advisory opinions, and also to schedule a public hearing to consider the zone change issue before the village board at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Village Municipal Building at 90 Albany St.

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