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Board OKs new church parking lot

November 8, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE-The city Planning Board gave approval for the Bleecker Street Church of Christ to move forward with plans for a new parking lot on a parcel at 52 Spring St.

The space is about 7,700 square feet. The applicants proposed creating a gravel parking area with approximately 23 parking spaces. However, after the board expressed concerns about insufficient rear-maneuvering space, the design was changed to include 15 spaces so that it would allow approximately 30 feet of space for vehicles.

During the meeting, board member John Castiglione expressed concern that using the existing driveway as the entry and exit would not be enough space for people to use at the same time. As a result, the board asked the church to make the opening of the driveway a minimum of 20 feet. The church agreed to the terms.

Parking planning

Planning Board members Tuesday also looked at a proposal from Burhan Helou.

Helou's project was previously delayed until the meeting because the board members were uncertain whether he would be able to provide the necessary four off-street parking spots needed for his proposed 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.

During Tuesday's meeting, he presented a monthly arrangement with Richard Chapin, the owner of 144 E. Fulton St., to lease two off-street parking spaces for $50 a month that are located on his property. Under the agreement, Helou would be responsible for maintenance and snow removal for those spaces.

Helou was told by the board that he would need to have access to the additional parking spaces year round and not just during the winter months to be legal under city code.

"During the winter months is when it would be noticeable that you don't have parking spaces," Senior Planner Sean Geraghty said. "But you will need parking spaces year round for a residential unit, not just when snow is on the ground."

The board also had concern over the monthly agreement with Chapin because if Helou was renting the planned apartment out and Chapin decided he no longer wanted to lease the spaces, there could be a problem.

The planning board asked Helou to adjust his agreement with Chapin so it would be a yearly agreement to ensure the property would have the expected spaces.

A public hearing about the property was scheduled for December.



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