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Manlius: Village retail outlets, renovations in sight

Projects presented to Manlius Village Board

Manlius officials are focusing on the future, and a mixed-use development and a revamped, restored Swan Pond may be in their sights.

The village board heard presentations on both projects at its regular meeting June 8.

Michael Dougherty, of Mayflower Cos., and the former lead developer on the stalled Village Walk project, gave the board a glimpse of his idea for retail, restaurant and office space opportunities on four acres off Stickley Drive to Limestone Gardens.

Dougherty was recently granted a zoning change for a Planned Unit Development for his mixed-use project.

The idea, he said, is to erect two buildings on the Walker Property for retail and restaurant on the ground level with apartments occupying the second level. Each level would be 8,000 square feet.

In addition, Dougherty would like to create a pedestrian walk.

"As long as it makes good business sense," Dougherty said, "it will make a better project."

After working together last year on the Village Walk project when Dougherty was the president at CBD Development of East Syracuse, Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin is convinced the developer has the village's best interest at heart.

"He has been a partner with the village of Manlius every step," Serafin said. "Michael has done a great job in DeWitt and I am confident he will do the same for our village."

The mayor was referring to Dougherty's retail and restaurant projects along the Erie Boulevard corridor.

Village trustees were asked to make a referral to send the project to the planning board for the next review and discussion stage.

David Tessier, the director of the town of Manlius Planning and Development office, assured the board the process undoubtedly would take an extended period of time because of the unique zoning code that was created for the property.

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