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Developer proposes 'boomer bungalows' in F'ville

Developers Ryan and Tom Goodfellow of Mill Street Venture, LLC, are proposing to build a 16-unit residential neighborhood in the village of Fayetteville.

First; however, a zoning change must be approved. The existing site is zoned industrial, the developers are requesting it be changed to planned residential development. It would be located at the corner of Mill and Clinton streets, within walking distance to restaurants and retail shops.

Architect Ed Harrington gave a brief project overview at the Jan. 24 regular village board meeting. McIntyre Commons would consist of 16 single-family, one-story bungalow homes, about 1,200 square feet in size. Each bungalow would have two bedrooms, two baths and a porch. Homeowners would get to choose from two styles: one with a garage positioned in the back of the bungalow, the other in front next to the porch.

The "boomer bungalows," as Harrington referred to the commons, would be targeted toward empty-nesters, or families that are downsizing.

About 10 residents from the affected neighborhood came out to speak during the public hearing immediately following the presentation. Those who spoke in opposition to the project listed reasons to include traffic, topography and how the development would change the neighborhood dynamics.

"[What attracted me] to Beech Street is the character of the village," said resident Grant Jackson, who said the cookie-cutter style is, for him, unappealing. His neighbor, Gordon Jones, shared the same concerns in addition to a personal twist - his home would be sandwiched between two bungalows. Looking at the diagram on display, Jones said the project appeared to be right on the border of his property. His personal concerns included construction, noise and lighting.

"If this were to push through, I would have a very strong reason to leave the community," he said.

Tom O'Shea, a member of the village parks commission, said he was not opposed to the development as long as it was done right.

The public hearing will remain open until the next scheduled meeting set for 6 p.m. Monday Feb. 7, when residents will again get an opportunity to voice their opinions.

The board unanimously voted to refer the proposal to the Onondaga County Planning Board for its approval. The project must wait for the county's response before it can go further. The next step would be to appear before and get the approval of the village planning board.

For updates, check back at eaglebulletin.com or find out in next week's Eagle Bulletin, due out Feb. 2.

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