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Manlius planning board wary of new developer’s changes to Madison Row

— “If we get approval for this building, we will build it,” Lester said. “The previous developer did not have a user for their building. They got a speculative building approved without any specific tenants. If [previous developer] Mike Dougherty had a tenant, he’d be standing up here doing what we’re doing.”

Freeman added that they are doing their best to meet in the middle between what the board wants and what Kinney wants, but advised that Kinney may only be able to bend over backwards to a certain point.

“The position we are in is that we have a real tenant and a real project,” Freeman said. “The challenges are that Kinney has certain special requirements for the pickup window, for entry and for parking. They’re very accommodating with a lot of those changes but there are others that they may be less accommodating about. In the end, Kinney is the driving force behind the project.”

Freeman and Lester took note of the board members’ suggestions and promised to implement them into the new footprints, which they will unveil at a special planning board meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on May 23. If the PUD plan is approved, Freeman and Lester will come back to the planning board once more for the site plan review before the project goes to the village board for approval. If approved by the village board, Morgan Management can begin construction.

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