Manlius is considering a huge new development that would bring everything from new restaurants and a coffee shop to stores, office space and apartments to the Village.
A public hearing was held this week on a zone change for the Willowbrook Crossing project from Commercial to Planned Unit Development, like was given to the Madison Row across the street from the proposed project a few years ago.
The zone change was tabled for the time being while the Village and developer work on a way to minimize noise and lighting issues for the neighborhood right behind this proposed project
Mayor Paul Whorrall says the $21 million project would make a major statement right at the gateway to the village that Manlius is not only open for business, but a place to be.
“I think having empty lots, empty storefronts is a big concern because people look and say there’s no place to go.” Whorrall tells NewsChannel 9.
He says Village leaders have requested it have a look and feel that fits in the Village.
Whorrall says, “It would put more on the tax rolls with the development of the buildings and the type of businesses it brings in, it would really help the village out. Plus it’ll draw more people into the village, it might give more people an opportunity to shop and frequent some of the stores than what they have now.”
The project will stretch from the recently opened CVS store on Fayette Street in the center of the Village all the way up to the first main traffic light in the Village where the old Firehouse sits now. The project also calls for the demolition of two vacant houses on FM Road.
Whorrall tells NewsChannel 9, “We have a couple other developers I’ve met within the last week or that are interested in coming here with their projects. We’re getting there, they see and they’ve all said to me we see a growth and they want to be part of it.”
He says its likely the project will get the necessary zone change and see construction start on it this Spring.