My name is Greg Widrick. I live, work and volunteer in Cazenovia. My wife and I moved to Cazenovia in August of 2000 and are currently raising 4 children here. I am the developer who is proposing the Aldi for redevelopment of the existing motel site on Route 20.
There are misconceptions and misleading comments regarding this project in our community. For those in our community who have not had the opportunity to attend the 9 public meetings thus far, I would like to bring some clarity regarding this project.
The redevelopment is a multi-use development that contains 3 separate retail buildings and 4 buildings containing 8 residential units each. Opposition to this project has characterized the redevelopment as a strip center. Nothing could be further from the truth. Strip centers do not have 50% green space, parking to the side of the entries, pedestrian pathways, village streetscapes, and detached buildings. All of these features have been incorporated into the design.
The redevelopment will establish a hard village edge and removing the existing blight. The architectural review of this project has created a traditional brick architecture that reinforces and supports the majority of commercial buildings in existence today in the Village.
This project will keep shoppers local and bring other shoppers into Cazenovia. The more traffic of shoppers downtown will help increase business for the downtown retailers. In addition, grocery competition will help drive better quality and pricing for everyone.
Please see the current article in the Cazenovia Republican to see our most recent plan and the changes we have made. It will be in print this Wednesday and is currently available on the website.
We are strictly complying with the Wellhead Protection Overlay code requirements to protect the water supply and will not consider something that would ever threaten it.
It is very important to me to make this development something the community will enjoy and be happy with because I live here too. I pledge to undertake every action practicable to make this development something the community will use and see as a valuable resource for many years to come.
We the undersigned urge the Cazenovia Town Board to vote "yes" on the annexation of 10.72 acres of land at the village's eastern edge to be redeveloped with a grocery store, retail space and moderately priced housing for our community. These lands, which are already developed commercially, are identified for annexation in both the town and village comprehensive plans. This project will add to our tax base, create sales tax revenue, offer new shopping alternatives, bring shoppers to our community to help our existing businesses, expand our pedestrian network and attract new families to support our school system. I firmly believe that annexation of these lands is in the overall public interest and encourage you to vote yes. Please stand with us to show our Town Board that the silent majority is in favor of this development and that a small group of people against this project does not represent the "will of the people" of Cazenovia.