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Column: Not a Pleasant Sight for Sore Eyes

Certainly it is too late now to return the land to its former tree shaded, residential condition; the old residences were run down to say the least, but the original developer promised local residents to at least save the trees, as much as possible. Not a single tree remains on the entire lot. It is pointless now to consider whether the original developer’s plans were realistic in a time of falling economic prospects. Starting from now, not only has the standstill cost money for Manlius taxpayers, it continues to detract from the Village as an attractive place to live, shop and spend leisure time.

Isn’t Manlius in the middle of a major celebration? Are we going to leave the corner like this for visitors to see? Maybe traffic should be routed into the village by going the back way from Highbridge to Troop K Road via the Cavalry Club, and by-passing the big eyesore -- a new Manlius bi-centennial route.

The entrance to Manlius should include useful information for visitors and residents. A permanent sign could point to important sights in the village: a simple directory and a map. Highpoints should list our parks: Perry Springs and Mill Run; the Historical Society and Museum; the athletic fields and recreation center; the Manlius Library and Senior Centre; most of all, Municipal Parking lots. Village street signage along both Fayette and Seneca Streets should reinforce the location of these landmarks, with a recognizable and legible design. Pedestrian access should be made to this location from the Municipal Parking lot on Stickley Drive.

A kiosk/visitor’s information center would be useful during the warm weather season, since it could include posters, handouts, maps, and even coupons for local businesses. A small area could be available for vendor’s to provide refreshments at given times. We need a guided pedestrian corridor from the corner to the Swan Pond, with informational markers, including history—it would be like a nature trail, only with information of local interest. Of course we have a sidewalk now, but what I am describing needs to be inviting and obvious. Signs should include “Information Center” and “To Information Center Parking.” Maybe the new developer should be encouraged to contribute to these improvements. (Or, maybe we should just build another bank.)

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