Opponents fear new apartments could bring more congestion in Liverpool

The Meyer Manor apartment proposal calls for four 3-story buildings to be constructed on 7.2 acres of land north of the New York State Thruway. 

More than 200 people have signed onto a petition that opposes development of 108 new apartment units in the Village of Liverpool, warning it will make their already congested roadway dangerous.

Developer Cosimo Zavaglia has been working to get approval for what has been dubbed the Meyer Manor Apartments for several years. The latest plan submitted to the Village of Liverpool planning board calls for the construction of four buildings with 27 units in each for a total of 108 units. The apartment buildings would each be three stories tall and a fifth single story building would be built to house a rental office.

The plan includes 168 parking spots with one access road entering Tulip street across from Tawn Maries Dance Centre. That's the part neighbors are most concerned about.

"Its called Tulip Street but this is really a village highway," Ashley Hicks said. She lives in the Johnson Tact neighborhood that backs up to proposed development in the Town of Salina. "There is a decreased line of sight here, it's completely unsafe."

She is part of a neighborhood group Neighbors Against Meyer Manor Apartments that has actively campaigned against the project since it was announced.

"We believe it is a built in traffic hazard," Jan Quitzau said. He lives along Tulip street in the village. "It takes us sometimes five or 10 minutes to pull out of our driveway onto Tulip street."

Currently a zoning change stands in the project's way. At a village public hearing last week, neighbors packed the meeting room to share their concerns.

"It's simply not in proportion with the neighborhood that surrounds it," Quitzau said.

The land is currently owned by Marvin Meyer and has a total assessed value of $28,600, according to property tax records. It is not known what Zavaglia has offered.

"Most of those who oppose the development do not pay village of Liverpool taxes and have for years littered my family woods with garbage," Jeff Meyer, son of Marvin, said. "If you were to take a stroll on the backside of the property you would see all sorts of trash. The neighborhood homes have grown accustomed to a wooded backyard without paying any taxes for it. For over 40 years my family has offered the land to any number of the neighbors and each of them have said the same thing, they didn't want it and they didn't want to pay village taxes."

Hicks said that is simply not true. She said at the end of the day they have no problem with development on the land.

"We would welcome something that is much smaller, something that complemented our existing neighborhood and the village," Hicks said.

The Zavaglia's didn't return request for comment.

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