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Housing proposals before city

Multi-family units planned as city weighs moratorium

October 3, 2012
By JOHN BORGOLINI , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The city Planning Board is reviewing two proposed multi-family housing projects as the city considers putting a moratorium on multi-family dwellings in place.

Planning Board members Tuesday looked over proposals from Burhan Helou, and Larry LaRowe and Helen Henry.

LaRowe answered questions about his proposal to expand his Fifth Avenue building from two apartments to four.

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Building owner Burhan Helou is proposing to turn this building at 138 E. Fulton St. into a real-estate office and two apartments.
The Leader-Herald/John Borgolini

He said he is rushing his proposal because of city government's impending vote on a moratorium.

Board member James Anderson said the board needs more documentation, including information regarding room for seven parking spots.

"You know the area you have, so you need to show that to the board," Anderson said. "We have to be able to say, 'Yes, you've proposed [proper] parking spaces.' I'm sure you're telling the truth, but I need to have it in paper."

LaRowe assured the board the parking would meet the requirements of the board.

"The most important thing is we park that way right now. I have no problems," he said. "We've talked to the neighbors, and nobody seems to oppose it."

Meanwhile, Helou's project was delayed for a later meeting because the board members are uncertain whether he would be able to provide the necessary four off-street parking spots needed for his proposal of a realty office and two apartments at 138 E. Fulton St.

The building already has a second-story apartment, but the first-floor real-estate office and first-floor apartment would be additions.

Helou provided the board with the proper paperwork showing the four parking spots, but Senior Planner Sean Geraghty, City Building Inspector Robert Robbins and Anderson expressed uncertainty about the ability to provide the parking spots in the space given.

"He is showing four off-street parking spots, which I think are a complete fabrication," Geraghty said. "It's that [first-floor] apartment that will require two off-street parking spots that is going to cause the problem. I'm not sure if you have enough to go to the [State Environmental Quality Review]. I don't think this application is gonna fly."

Geraghty said the drawing showing the off-street parking spaces shows four cars, one stacked behind the other wrapping around the side and behind the building.

"If somebody told you they were going to put four off-street spaces there, you'd probably scratch your head," he said.

The proposed moratorium of multi-unit dwellings, if approved, would not affect the two projects reviewed by the Planning Board on Tuesday because they were proposed before a moratorium was in place.

In addition, the moratorium only would affect dwellings in residential areas. Helou's proposal is in a commercial zone.

The Common Council learned at its Sept. 25 meeting the Planning Board has 30 days to approve, reject or make changes to the moratorium, but the Planning Board members did not address the issue at Tuesday's meeting.

The Common Council tabled the matter until later this month. Members are scheduled to meet again Oct. 23.

 
 

 

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