A successful restaurant does not belong among homes


To the editor:

This letter was sent to the Cazenovia Village Planning Board:

Dear Chairman Huftalen and members of the planning board,

Like many Cazenovians, I am worried by the precedent that will be set if the non-conforming use at the corner of Chenango Street and the bridge is rezoned as a Planned Development. In the 1960s, the non-conforming office use in a residential zone was agreed to by the residents when suitable offices were desperately needed to house up-to-date medical facilities for the Cazenovia community.

The present proposal for expanded office space and a restaurant with outside seating will be character changing for the single family neighborhood — by which I mean Chenango and Mill streets and Riverside Drive. The north end of Mill Street is now commercial, including restaurants pushing down from Albany Street. The Planned Development proposal would further squeeze the existing homes from the south.

If lower Chenango Street has commercial development, the residences in the neighborhood will not remain desirable homes. Yet the village needs to remain an attractive place for families. Does the village really want to expand its business district when the existing one is never fully occupied?

Not only would the new zoning set a precedent on the creek but many might believe no neighborhood-bordering business use is safe from commercial development.

The restaurant proposed on Chenango Street expects to be open until 10 p.m. and serve beer and wine. As a part of its business it will need deliveries and garbage storage. Then there is the noise issue. Guitar music is planned. However, all music is an individual taste. Neither neighbors nor strollers may like it. It is the equivalent to the ears that smoke is to the lungs — it can’t be avoided. After closing, diners may linger in the parking lot creating attendant late night noise.

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