Director of Cazenovia Community Preschool Torrey Lansing stands in front of the future site of CCP on Sims Lane.
Photo by Pierce Smith.
Cazenovia Cazenovia Community Preschool will permanently change its address in 2013. Following a recent donation by Cazenovia resident Russ Brownback, 4.2 acres of land on Sims Lane became CCP property, and administrators hope to secure necessary funding for construction of a 1,200-square-foot facility within the next year.
“We are thinking of a one-level, ranch-style structure, so in the event we have students with special-needs we can easily accommodate them. Also, we want to keep in line with the character of the neighborhood,” said Torrey Lansing, director of Cazenovia Community Preschool Inc. “We’re hoping to make it a community project, and are trying to do as much fundraising and get as many in-kind donations as possible. We as so thankful for [Russ Brownback’s] donation. His children went to CCP, so I feel like it’s kind of a way for him to give back, not only to the preschool, but to the community.”
Currently located at the corner of Lincklaen and Nickerson streets, CCP has occupied numerous spaces since beginning in a small church room with only five students in 1969.
Lansing said the land donation is well timed, as the facility CCP currently inhabits is rented from Cazenovia College, and the institution has recently begun to look for new uses for the space.
Within the next year CCP is looking to raise about $150,000 for a survey of the land and planning costs, as well as the engineering, construction and future operation of the preschool.
Fundraising efforts began with a “Pay It Forward” event on Nov. 18 at the barn in Caz. Ten percent of the barn’s profits from the sale were given to CCP, hors d’oeuvres were donated by Circa Restaurant and Jennifer Wolsey Photography gave CCP all proceeds garnered from event photos.
CCP has also established five levels of donation for area supporters, ranging from $50 to $3,000. With his donation, Brownback not only gave the organization 4.2 acres of land, but helped CCP secure a long-term future location.