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Chapel Street Apartments almost ready to build; Starbucks hopes to expand F’ville store

— The proposed Chapel Street Apartments in the village of Fayetteville are a step closer to becoming a reality.

At the July 7 Fayetteville Planning Board meeting, the project received final site plan approval from the planning board, contingent upon a successful appraisal and oversight of the property by an environmental consultant, to be hired by the village.

“We want this project to happen, but we want to make sure that we know what’s going on in terms of cleaning up the site,” said Planning Board Chair Jane Rice.

Until the July 7 meeting, the planning board was under the impression that the Department of Environmental Conservation would be overseeing the environmental cleanup for the site at 400 N. Clinton St., which housed the Syracuse Plastics factory from the mid-1960s until it closed down in 2003.

The Chapel Street Apartments call for 9 residential units altogether. 13 of those units would be housed within the vacant factory building and six would be built as two-story townhouses, located on the Walnut St. side of the building. Each townhouse would have its own garage and each residential unit would have at least one parking spot in the proposed 22-spot parking garage, which would be located on the lower level of the factory building.

The 8,000 square feet of proposed commercial space fills the interior area of the building on the first floor. Ideally, the high ceiling, open trusses and big windows would suit companies looking for a large, open office area, according to Jim Knittel, an architect with Dalpos Architects and Integrators. The renderings also depict an outdoor parking area near the entrance to the commercial space.

The property was purchased in 2012 by Syracuse-area landlord Cosimo Zavaglia. Knittel said that Dalpos Architects and Zavaglia began the process of looking into designs for the property more than a year ago, but ultimately the plans was put on the back burner while Zavaglia pursued other projects.

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