Proposed ‘Farnham Street Kitchen’ zone change application withdrawn

Neighbor opposition kills bakery idea at 8 Farnham St.

— The controversial proposal to rezone a Farnham Street house in order to create two food-related businesses at the location has died — neighborhood opposition has caused 8 Farnham St. owner Susan Light to withdraw her application from the village planning board and take her business idea to a different location.

“I am disappointed that it did not work out at this time,” Light said. “Jennifer Wong and I will continue to explore opportunities for a kitchen space that meets the needs of our businesses.”

Light told the village board in her Oct. 24 letter withdrawing her zone change application that she has a “Plan B” for the property, which will be to refurbish it as a single-family rental, she told the Cazenovia Republican.

Light, who purchased the colonial-style, two-bedroom house at the end of Farnham Street near Albany Street in late spring, requested the zone change from the village board at its regular July 1 meeting. She said the idea was to refurbish the dilapidated structure and put a commercial-grade kitchen on the first floor and use the two second-floor rooms as office space. The first floor would support two small local food-related businesses: Light’s specialty desserts and wedding cake business and a heat-and-serve dinner meals business by town resident Jennifer Wong. Both were to be appointment-only businesses, taking a smaller, “artisanal” approach to the endeavor rather than a large-scale, commercial approach.

In a letter to the village board dated June 17, and again during the July 1 board meeting, Light said her repurposing of the house at 8 Farnham St. would offer several benefits to the village, such as contributing to the rejuvenation of the Farnham and Albany streets area, the business — the exterior of the building would retain its 1848 residential appearance — would serve as a buffer between the commercial section along Albany Street and the residential section that runs north on Farnham Street and the two new businesses would contribute to the local economy.

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