Proposed funeral home causes controversy

— A number of residents appeared at Monday’s Clay Town Board meeting to speak out against a zone change proposal along Buckley Road.

Red Barn LLC and Farone and Sons Funeral Home are looking to change the zoning at 7353 Buckley Road and the surrounding parcels from R-10 One-Family Residential District to NC-1 Neighborhood Commercial District. They filed an application for a zone change, which was discussed at a public hearing on Monday, April 16 at the town board’s regular meeting. The issue was first discussed at the town board’s previous meeting on April 2. The two businesses are looking to turn the now-vacant parcel, which is comprised of approximately two acres, into a funeral home. Red Barn LLC owns the parcel, and Farone and Sons is looking to purchase it.

According to a letter from the Onondaga County Department of Transportation citing a traffic study conducted by an independent auditor, the change will have a minimal impact on traffic in the area.

Surveyor Hal Romans, speaking on behalf of the applicants, noted that Farone and Sons does have special duty sheriffs on site to direct traffic during a large funeral.

Romans said it was unlikely another business would ever take its place.

“If this goes in, it would probably stay there forever,” he said.

Town board member Robert Edick said he thought this was a good use for the property.

“I think the project fits there,” Edick said. “I think that’s a great opportunity for this piece of property. I know these residents didn’t want townhomes or several office buildings, but I think this addresses a lot of those concerns, especially if we can get those traffic concerns addressed.”

But residents of the surrounding neighborhoods disagreed.

Denise Murray of Waxwood Circle pointed out that the new Walgreens at the corner of Buckley and Taft would add more traffic.

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