‘Manlius Square’ project eyed: Village refers application to planning board

— He also said the plan preserves a “substantial” buffer zone between the development and the existing neighbors both adjacent to and behind the lot along with sidewalk areas along the road and provides an “aesthetically pleasing project” which “incorporates the village’s Design Guidelines.”

One board member was concerned about the fact that this buffer zone called for the razing of two houses on F-M Road adjacent to the lot.

Trustee Natalie Miner said she knew the village “didn’t want to give up residential for commercial.” Citing the Madison Row project that is across from the proposed site, she said, “there’s a couple houses gone here, there, and although some might say they were not the most attractive [houses], it’s still encroaching. At some point as a village we will draw the line and say we’re not going to take houses down for commercial [purposes].”

Project architect Raymond F. Trotta of Smith and Associates Architects said much thought was put into the design of the project.

“We looked at Madison Row and how it relates, and how to make [Manlius Square] a gateway [to the village],” Trotta said. “It has a residential, village, main street-type look with varying roof lines. It gives you that village approach.”

Trustee Janice Abdo-Rott said she is concerned about the need for a drugstore in the village.

“I don’t think Manlius is looking for a pharmacy,” she said. Abdo-Rott’s other concerns included that the pharmacy plan looked like a “box,” and that F-M Road would not be wide enough to handle the traffic.

Trotta said that the developer understood that the plan “had to be a viable project” for the village.

“We are trying to come up with something that works for the village, creating a successful project,” he said, pointing to the fact that similar businesses in the village do not feature a drive-thru pharmacy, “something in this day-and-age that is needed more and more.”

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