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Review process for proposed Village Edge South hotel and conference center underway

Public hearing for subdivision request scheduled for May 12

— A local businessman’s preliminary proposal to build an 80-bedroom hotel and conference center across from the Town and Country Plaza in the Village Edge South area on Route 20 has begun winding its way through the village planning process, and the first public hearing on the project — a subdivision request to carve out six acres of the VES area for the hotel — has been scheduled by the village planning board for 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 12.

The hotel project is being proposed by Dan Kuper, owner of The Lincklaen House, who has been working on the idea for nearly five years.

“We are missing out on many events in Madison County because we don’t have a facility big enough to do conferences and special events,” Kuper said.

Kuper’s plan — officially under the name of his company Cazenovia Hospitality LLC — is to build a national chain hotel that will have 80 rooms and a conference facility for 300 people. The conference facility will be one floor and the hotel will be four floors. There will be no restaurant in the hotel. The building material is to be stone and siding with a shingle roof. The number of parking spots has yet to be determined.

The hotel would be located in the Village Edge South area contiguous to the CAVAC property but located slightly more to the south, directly across Route 20 from McDonald’s.

“I do not feel this will affect the inns in town but it will keep the people from staying in Carrier Circle and near the casino that have business in the area,” Kuper said. “There are different travelers — ones that like historic inns, of which Cazenovia has three of the best around — and the people that like to stay in chain hotels with elevators and swimming pools.”

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