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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

— While the project still has a long way to go as it moves through the village planning approval process, Kuper said he hopes to break ground in the fall and open in late spring 2015.

Kuper already has given informal overviews of his proposal to the village Planning Board and the village Historic Preservation/Architectural Advisory Review Committee, and last week presented his preliminary plan to the planning board at its regular monthly meeting.

“I think this project has made a lot of progress in the right direction in the last couple of weeks,” Planning Board Chair Rich Huftalen said during the planning board’s April 14 meeting.

Huftalen said Kuper has been designing his hotel based on the new VES design guidelines (approved by the village board in February), and has put together renderings depicting some modifications from his original plan based on suggestions from Don Ferlow.

Kuper and his architect will next present the plan to the HPC at its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the village municipal building to receive the committee’s input on the hotel architecture with the goal of refining a design that will satisfy public aesthetics while also meeting Kuper’s business needs. He will appear before the planning board again during its May 12 regular meeting for a required public hearing for a subdivision and further discussion of his plan.

“The HPC really, really wants to see this be successful because this could be great not just for Dan but for the community. We need something like this, and we want it to be something we can all look at and be proud of,” said HPC Chair Ted Bartlett. “But it is just at the very beginning stages.”

“The village is very excited about this project; it will be an incredible catalyst for economic development in the community,” said Mayor Kurt Wheeler. “I’m confident the process will produce an outcome that Dan and the entire community can be proud of.”

Plans and paperwork concerning the proposed hotel are available for public review in the planning board records in the Cazenovia Village Municipal Building.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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