Rippleton Road resident Jody Reynolds, standing, holds up a painting of Lorenzo viewed from the south with a shadow of the brewery's estimated dimensions superimposed in the background as a way to suggest that the size of the brewery will be too large. The March 11 planning board public hearing had more than 50 attendees and was filmed by two television news crews
Photo by Jason Emerson.
continued The new site plans included changes to the position of the building, which has been moved slightly northeast of its previous location, and the inclusion of a hedge of 35-foot-high Douglas fir trees along the southern property edge. Both of these changes were made to address neighbor concerns about undesirable views of the proposed building, Ofer said. The updated plans also incorporated the conservation of a stand of trees that were previously slated for removal, and a noise study report concerning the building’s HVAC system. These changes were made in order to address certain concerns of the Cazenovia Area Conservation Commission and the village engineer, Ofer said.
In addition to the updated development plans, the planning board also recently received an updated traffic study of the proposed development and will receive results from a visual impact study of the project, which is currently underway, Huftalen said.
Many of the public comments at the planning board meeting were concerns previously raised at the village board meeting, such as building architecture, building size, possible inclusion of a bakery or restaurant component, traffic and visitation numbers and possible hours of operation. Some issues were raised in greater detail than in previous public meetings, such as the possible odor that would emanate from the brewery, the disruption of the view to the lake for the neighbors and from the lake towards Lorenzo for summer residents, visitors and boaters and the use of the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation trails that surround the brewery property.
This latter issue has garnered vast attention recently after Carlos Menacho, owner of the Old Trees property next to the brewery, wrote a letter to the mayor and the planning board stating that he would shut off access to the CPF trails across his property if his concerns about the brewery development were not addressed. Menacho and his wife Amy, who live in Miami, attended the planning board hearing and voiced their specific concerns. They are worried about maintaining the historic integrity of the area, setting precedents for future growth of the Route 13 corridor and how businesses will be restricted and regulated from damaging the land or the community, and quality of life issues such as privacy, security, noise pollution and offensive odors, Amy Menacho said.