Fayetteville About 10 Fayetteville residents spoke at a public hearing held by the village board on Monday.
The hearing was to consider amending the zoning of the property once home to the McIntyre paper mill, on Mill Street, from Industrial to Planned Residential Development.
Mayor Mark Olson said the property is one of five former industrial sites now vacant in the village.
“We have a lot of change that’s going to happen in this village over the next few years in the evolution of those properties,” he said. “Right now those properties are not benefiting anyone in the village.”
Developer Tom Goodfellow, of Manlius, wants to build 20 bungalow-style homes — five townhouses and 15 single-family — in the area that surrounds Ledyard Canal and call it “McIntyre Commons at Ledyard Canal.” The homes would be marketed to “empty nesters,” Goodfellow said.
He said he and his wife, who have three kids that are all “out on their own,” plan to move to Fayetteville and live in one of those single-family homes.
“I am the market,” he said.
Mayor Olson said this was the village board’s third public hearing on the issue. The board previously approved rezoning the land under Goodfellow’s original proposal, which entailed building no more than 17 units. Goodfellow has since changed his proposal to include a maximum of 20 units, which required the board to approve rezoning the land to PRD under those conditions.
Goodfellow said he changed his proposal to 20 units in order to make five of the units the more affordable townhouses.
“We’re not stuffing units in there, but we have a maximum number that we do need to make the project viable,” he said.
A handful of residents offered concerns relating to the number of units proposed.
“Why didn’t you just leave it at 17 instead of the townhouses?” asked Nancy Neary, of Clinton Street, which turns into Mill Street. “It just doesn’t sound right for the village to have townhouses.”