Proposed brewery project could end public access to CPF trails

Limestone Hunt Club, Lorenzo Driving Competition declare ‘great concern’

— One of the Rippleton Road neighbors to the proposed Empire Farmstead Brewery project has issued an ultimatum to village officials that if they do not address and mitigate his concerns about the brewery project, he will not only take legal measures, but also will close all public access to the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation trails on his property.

Officials of the Lorenzo Driving Competition and the Limestone Creek Hunt Club — which both have utilized those trials for their events for nearly 50 years — have emailed village Mayor Kurt Wheeler expressing “great concern” over the impact to their organizations and annual events.

Carlos Menacho, owner of “Old Trees” at 3957 Rippleton Road, contends the brewery would negatively impact his property, property value, family privacy and home life to the point that “If this project proceeds without some mitigation to my concerns then I will be forced to commit to the following solutions to protect my family and my investment,” he stated in an email to members of the village board of trustees and village planning board.

Menacho’s concerns, as listed in his March 1 email, which is part of the public record Cazenovia Village Planning Board files on the Empire Farmstead Brewery, states that project, as currently conceived, would be a large and “industrial” business, and not a simple farmstead brewery.

He stated his concern about the possible high volume of trucks, construction works and visitors to the site. “With the unknown quantity and character of these possible visitors and employees so close to my home and family, the possibility of interaction is of concern to me,” he wrote.

He also asked if the village can “legally place limitations on the project? What if the project grows? What if its sells to another brewery? What if it goes out of business? Do you have legally binding limitations on any of the ‘what if’s’?”

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