Any future development in the village of Fayetteville will have to pass a litany of approvals, and that includes the proposed McIntyre Commons project.
Mayor Mark Olson assured residents attending a public hearing Feb. 15 that Tom Goodfellow's proposed 16-unit condominium neighborhood on the vacant McIntyre Paper Co. mill site "will fit the character of the village."
Community residents attending the meeting voiced concerns over construction, traffic and dynamics.
The public hearing was continued from Jan. 24 when Tom and Ryan Goodfellow of Mill Street Venture, LLC outlined plans for the vacant site.
"It is a total disrespect and consideration for property owners,' said Gordon Jones, whose property would back into the first two units in the initial proposal. "How is that going to affect the character of the village?"
The project, that would require a county-approved zoning change from industrial to a planned residential development, would feature 1,200 square-foot single family "boomer bungalows" that many residents believe fall into the "cookie-cutter" design.
Olson said he takes it personal when the community implies the board acts without taking the best interests of the residents in account.
"We are doing everything in our power," the mayor said, "to make sure that whatever happens fits into the character of this village."
"Just saying no is not always the right answer," Olson added. "I get a little heated when people say we are not looking out for the character of this village. We are."
The Pascale Wine Bar and Restaurant in the historic lower village is an example of the village working with developers, Olson said.
"That is what makes Fayetteville special," he added
Jones said because he is "smack dab in the middle of this project," he will be not be silent during the process.
"Personally, I don't want them there," he added.