Madison Row still in early construction stages

The village of Manlius Planning Board made little new headway on the Madison Rowe project, a proposed development on the corner of Highbridge Road and Stickley Drive, during its Jan. 25 meeting.

"We are very sensitive to what's happening at the gateway of the village," said Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin on the progress of the project. "And to have a willing developer to follow our guidelines and work with us, and the planning board has been diligent every step of the way, so we're moving along."

Developer Michael Dougherty, president of Mayflower, Cos., elaborated on construction plans, but issues of concern were raised over property ownership, storm drainage and building design.

Dougherty went over construction plans that will be divided into two phases. Phase I will focus on the site closest to the corner of Highbridge Road and Stickley Drive and will include improvements to Stickley Drive and the village's municipal lot off the same road. Phase II will develop the property that borders Limestone Garden Apartments on Highbridge road.

The property issue hinges on the Department of Transportation's ownership of the sidewalk. The planning board intends for the Madison Rowe development site to be pedestrian-friendly public space. In alignment with these intentions, the board envisions an eight-foot green area with trees between the sidewalk and Highbridge Road. The fear is that DOT ownership of the sidewalk could facilitate future lane expansion on Highbridge Road. The planning board, in conjunction with Michael Dougherty and Mayflower, hopes to negotiate a deal with the DOT to prevent any lane expansion plans that would encroach on pedestrian space and safety.

Concerns were also raised over storm drainage by Planning Board Member Matt Hodinger. In particular, Hodinger is concerned with storm runoff that has historically flooded the parking lot of Manlius Mart, at 315 Fayette St. Doug Miller, of Miller Engineers, who is hired as a consultant by Mayflower to review construction plans, assured the board that proper steps have been accounted for to prevent any damaging storm runoff.

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