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Moratorium eyed for multi-unit dwellings

Gloversville mayor says city has enough housing stock

September 13, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The Common Council is proposing a local law that will place a nine-month moratorium on the construction of new multiple-unit dwellings within residentially zoned areas.

The law is being considered while the controversial Kinderhook Development project is under construction on the hill above Lee Avenue and Northern Terrace.

Mayor Dayton King said the moratorium would have no effect on the Kinderhook project; it would simply prevent similar projects from getting started in residential areas.

King said the city already has an overabundance of housing stock between two-family homes and already constructed housing units, so similar new housing is not needed in the city.

He also stressed that with so many vacant buildings already within the city, it isn't necessary to start construction of new housing in residential areas.

"What we are looking to do is see these vacant buildings that are throughout the city being reused or restored before putting up new buildings, if it is possible," said Mayor Dayton King. "We want our city to be a safe place to work, visit, and play."

The Kinderhook Development project has caused some discontent within its residential area since it was announced in 2009. Residents in that area believe the apartment complex will affect drainage in the area and change the character of the secluded residential neighborhood.

In February, the state Court of Appeals denied the city's legal effort to block the housing project. The court denied a motion filed by the city to seek further appeal after the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of Kinderhook, which allowed the project to proceed.

"For that size of a project, it will cost the city a lot in services, such as the construction of the new road," King said. The mayor stated the Kinderhook project is a non-profit pilot program and won't pay city taxes.

A public hearing is necessary before passing the proposed moratorium for the issuance of permits. The hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.



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