New developer to start work on Madison Row project

— Village of Manlius mayoral candidate Paul Whorrall announced today that high-profile Rochester developer Morgan Management will take over the construction and leasing of Phase 2 of the Madison Row development in the heart of the village.

"Today, we have some good news for the village of Manlius," said Whorrall. "And we have some really good news for the stalled Madison Row development."

Whorrall made the announcement after he and village trustee Janice Abdo-Rott recently met with Morgan Management Executive Bob Morgan to go over the details of the plan.

Phase 2 of the project will become a modern, mixed-use building with a ground floor featuring retail and restaurant businesses, with the second floor housing high end boutique style apartments. Importantly, the original exterior streetscape design for the development, which comports with the village's plan of making its business district more pedestrian friendly, will remain.

"This project is a major milestone in the impending renaissance of the village of Manlius, a key part of Onondaga County's eastern suburbs," said Morgan Management CEO Bob Morgan. "We believe Morgan Management brings a unique track record of success and we are excited to begin."

Phase 1 of the Madison Row project included the demolition of several homes, installation of some site improvements and construction of a KeyBank. However, a large portion of the site has lain fallow for approximately two years with only crushed fill covering the site.

"Let's face it, we had to get Madison Row kick-started," said Whorrall. "It's the biggest piece of shovel-ready commercial space in the village, and it serves as the gateway to our central business district. I think this is a great project at the right time and the right place, and there's a terrific amount of opportunity and momentum moving forward. This is the beginning of exciting times for the village of Manlius."

Construction of the mixed use retail and upscale apartment building could begin as early as this summer, pending approvals from Village officials.

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