Updated: Dec 5, 2022
A proposal to rezone the 11.62 acre property commonly known as the Wellington House that is
located across Genesee Street from the Towne Center shopping center just west of Fayetteville
for commercial redevelopment came before the Manlius Town Board on March 27. Eight pages of minutes show skepticism for many details of the proposal by Manlius Town Board members and the proposal was tabled until the April 10 meeting.
The Society was not alone in voicing its concerns with County Legislator Kevin Holmquist
and Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon also expressing opposition. Though the issue
was removed from the April 10 agenda, a large number of people in attendance wished to make
their opinion known and, after discussion, the Town Board voted against rezoning the property.
Experienced preservationist Sam Gruber cautions "This is not the end of the matter - it should
be seen as the beginning of a discussion and planning process that benefits Thomas Thomas the
owner of the site - who has cared for it so well for four decades - and the greater community."
We had a nice evening of craft beer and embroidery at our First Arts <SL Drafts gathering.
Thanks to Mike Paetow for teaching us about making beer, and Zeke Leonard for leading us
in embroidery and reminding us of the legacy of Candace Wheeler, and to our several textile
expert members who joined us - and led the discussion around to growing flax, preparing linen,
and all sorts of weaving... Have a craft you'd like to demonstrate or discuss over craft beer? Let
us know. We'll schedule another gathering in the coming months.