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Manlius: Board approves 'Paws'

When Paws at White Cross Farms was first proposed to the Manlius Town Board, a number of residents spoke out against the proposed luxury dog daycare facility. The public hearing continued until midnight, addressing issues including noise, traffic, potential groundwater contamination and odor.

After months of deliberation, the Town Board approved a special permit to its owner Diane Blanchfield at its June 11 meeting (the vote came in 5-1 with Councilor Paul Susco opposed).

The 8,100 square-foot center, designed to hold up to 100 dogs and up to 10 cats in a separate area, will be built on a 20-acre parcel of land along the north side of Route 173 directly across from Hale Road, commonly called White Cross Farm. The project can now move forward with ongoing site plans to be drawn up and approved by the planning board.

Town attorney Don Martin, filling in for Tim Frateschi, read the special conditions listed as part of the resolution. They involve a long, detailed list that includes requirements such as specific outdoor playtimes for dogs; forming a noise monitoring committee that will meet monthly for the first six months; planting evergreen trees alongside the facility for sound mitigation; removing dog waste from the outside at least once per day and constructing a filtration system in the outdoor play area which will filter waste water draining from the area.

The audience was silent during public comment time; no questions were asked.

The detailed special permit as well as the resolution will be available for public review on the town website, townofmanlius.org, once the minutes are posted.

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