BOARD OF ZONING AND BUILDING APPEALS
Present:Ashlin Caravana,Bob Essman,Greg Sharkey,Eric Stewart
Members Absent: Lon Herman
Also Present: Kathryn Wimberger,Village Planner
Visitors: Jean R. Hoyt,Fred Abraham,Greg Ross,John Oney,Allen Baker,Bob Seith,Barbara in(
Abe's office)F,rank Brauner
Minutes for December 17,1998:
MS. CARAVANA MOVED TO APPROVE MINUTES AS SUBMITTED. MR.
STEWART SECONDED,AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Citizens comments: None
Jean R.Hoyt,117 Locust Place
The applicant wishes to construct a gravel driveway with concrete apron,which requires a
variance for front-yard parking. The property currently has no off-street parking. The other option
would be to locate the driveway within the side yard setback,also requiring a variance. However,at
some time she would like to add a garage at the end of the driveway. Her plan would alleviate some
on-street parking. Church construction workers need to use the space now,and the contractor has
promised her a gravel or concrete driveway when they are finished.
Neighbor Bob Seith and other neighbors think this is a very good idea and it would clean up
the property and the aging fence. He explained that Locust is a dedicated street,and Ms. Hoyt is
entitled to park there.
Some BZBA members thought the gravel would look better than concrete,and they could
give approval for both,depending on the applicant's ultimate decision. Although a curbcut would
eliminate one or two parking spaces,the open space would provide more maneuverability for fire trucks,etc.
Mr. Stewart asked what variances was the church given for parking,and members agreed this
should be verified before approval is given. Ms. Wimberger will check her records,and Ms. Hoyt will
check with the contractor to see when he is planning to redo her driveway. A special meeting of BZBA is possible if necessary.
MS. CARAVANA MOVED THAT THE APPLICATION BE TABLED PENDING
RECEIPT OF INFORMATION ON THE CHURCH VARIANCES. MR. STEWART
SECONDED,AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Fred Abraham,460 and 472 South Main
John Oney,architect,explained Mr. Abraham's plans to remodel his buildings. He thinks they
have created a dramatic difference and are repeating existing characteristics and colors of the station
and the mill. Allen Baker added that they are not adding any square footage but will improve the
facade and clean up the area. All four sides will be finished,and a canopy and a tower will be
included. They are in the process of acquiring ROW agreements. Concerns have arisen over the
FHOD,the parking,and the height of the tower.
A. Parking and Traffic Flow. The diagonal parking they have planned on the north side is
very tight and may not be workable. Sludge trucks and others witllikely still use it as a two-way
street and make it impossible for two cars to pass going in either direction. Ms. Caravana thought it
would be nice to have a fence separating the bikepath from the driveway,but there is insufficient
space there. Mr. Abraham thought maybe the Mill could move their driveway from the south to the north side.
More space could be provided on the north by parallel parking or moving the parking to the rear area.
Mr. Ross said the IGA parking lot is generally only 50 per cent full.
There will be three pedestrian- access points: two near the bikepath and one connecting to the IGA with a sidewalk. To slow down traffic, would speed bumps could be added or a flashing light. Striping be added,and the walkway could be bricked-in.
There is a 0' setback on rear south side,and landscaping will be required.
A bikepath parking area will be provided,perhaps with bike racks.
Mr. Sharkey summarized the discussion on parking and circulation:
1. Will the north roadway be one way?
2. How will the bikepath be separated from the roadway?
3. The north roadway is too tight as it is planned.
4. Remove parking and put it in the rear.
5. Work with the Village on keeping the north roadway onew- ay,especially for sludge trucks. 6. How to provide 135 parking spaces;specifically,while addressing the Board's concerns it , should be done in such a way that the #ofparking spaces not be decreased.
B. FHOD. Final determination is up to the Village with assistance ofthe LCPC. Mr. Abraham has given space for a storm sewer and catch basins. They will do what they have to do to comply with regulations. Mr. Oney said that since the buildings are already there,they are not required to raise the noor above the 100y-ear flood mark.Ms. Caravana asked how much ofa burden would fall upon the town and how much onMr. Abraham in the event of a flood.Mr. Abraham suggested an agreement between the Village and himselfsaying there would never be a burden placed ionnsuthraenVceil.lage. He has inquired into insurance with FEMA and found he will have no problem getting
Mr. Oney said there will be special measures taken to avoid floods. They would put flood- resistant materials on the bottom 12"ofthe facade,but doors are still needed. All mechanicals and FelHecOtrDic.als would be above 12".Mr. Sharkey thought the ordinances were nebulous in regard to
Ms. Wimberger will check with the Building Department in Newark and with our engineers.
A flood expert could be consulted for safety aspects.
C. Height. Members had no problem with the height.
Mr. Abraham explained that Phase I will include the facade in Building A and improvements in
the interior as well as redoing the parking lot. In Phase II Abe's will move to back part ofthe building
and add four new retail spaces. In Phase III the fertilizer warehouse will be moved out and an
existing concrete slab will be removed. The NAPA store will be cleaned up and a two-story office
complex will be added.
MS. CARAVANA MOVED TO TABLE APPLICATION PENDING FURTHER REVIEW.
MR. STEWART SECONDED,AND MOTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
Ms. Caravana suggested our writing the Evans Foundation about this plan,which would
improve appearance and safety. Mr. Abraham will consult further with his lawyers and adjacent
property owners and will advise the Board if its assistance with the Evans Foundation is needed.
Adjournment: 9:50 p.m.
Next Meeting: March 25, 1999