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Village trustees Amy Weber Mann, left, and Peggy Van Arnam listen to Empire Brewing Company owner David Katleski explain his project changes at the May 6 village board meeting. In the foreground are two models of the proposed brewery. The model at the left, with the flat roof, was the previous brewery building design. At the May 6 meeting, Katleski revealed that he had changed the design to be more aesthetically pleasing and culturally in harmony with Cazenovia. The new design, the model at right, looks more like an historic hops barn. It is also slightly smaller and shorter than the previous design.

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Empire brewery submits five new project studies, changes building plans

Noise, odor, visual, archeology and traffic impacts all determined minimal

The Cazenovia Village Board Monday night heard the results of five professional studies that determined the proposed Empire Brewing Company farmstead brewery in Cazenovia will have minimal to zero impact on surrounding noise, odor, visual aesthetics, archaeological and traffic considerations. In addition, Empire owner David Katleski informed the board that he has altered the tentative building specifications to make the brewery smaller, shorter, better screened from neighbors and more visually pleasing — all in response to the numerous neighbor and community concerns voiced in recent weeks. "This is not as functional for us as a brewery, [but] we are willing to do this” to address community concerns, Katleski said of the architectural modifications during a village board public hearing on May 6.

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