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Changes in store this spring for Fayetteville

Village moves forward with ‘Save the Rain’, prepares for Dunkin Donuts

The old Fayetteville Cleaners building will be demolished to make room for the village’s new Dunkin Donuts.

The old Fayetteville Cleaners building will be demolished to make room for the village’s new Dunkin Donuts. Allie Wenner

— The Fayetteville Cleaners has been out of business since last June but the property where it stands will soon be home to Fayetteville’s first Dunkin Donuts. The Fayetteville village office reports that the management company for Dunkin Donuts recently purchased the property and that the village planning board is in the early stages of developing the project.

On Feb. 4, the planning board met to see a revised proposal for a conceptual design. Dunkin Donuts’ management company, Clough, Harbor, & Associates came before the board in January and revised the proposal for the February meeting based on comments it received.

Because the project is still in its very early stages, there isn’t a timeline set up for construction yet. But there is a plan in store to demolish the old Fayetteville Cleaners building and build a new one closer to East Genesee Street in order to make it more characteristic to the village. The plan also entails for a parking lot to be built behind the building.

Meanwhile, the Fayetteville village board has been busy with its “Save the Rain” project. On Jan. 28, the board held a well-attended public hearing for the plan. This project calls for a number of rain gardens to be added to Brooklea Drive to improve safety and stop water runoff from getting into the sewer system.

Most of those in attendance were business owners and neighbors supportive of the project. A few stood up to speak about how glad they are that the village is going forward with “Save the Rain” and of the benefits it will provide, including minimizing the dangers of crossing Brooklea Dr.

The board received a petition against “Save the Rain,” which was signed by over 300 people. However, only about 40 of those signatures were from Fayetteville residents, so the board then made a motion to put the project out for bid.

The next village board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11.

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