By Caitlin Croft

At the February meeting of the Village Planning Board (VPB), the application for a new project was completed. This project is applying for a Special Use Permit as the allowable uses for the commercial building will change. The new owner of 23 Washington Street aims to have the building serve as restaurant, retail and residential space.

For the restaurant, a Special Use Permit is required as the building is currently allowed under Section 8 to be used as commercial and residential space. Plans were shown to the VPB that include a 480-square-foot addition to the back of the building, along with a new deck and rooftop space. The addition meets the setbacks on the rear of the building, as only five feet are required. The building will be reworked to better match and preserve the historic integrity of the heart of Ellicottville. This building is exempt from the off-street parking requirement as it is in the Historical District.

The new owner aims to extend the patio from five feet to 12 feet. The rooftop space and deck were used in the green space calculation and the ratio has been met. The building will end up being 7,300 square feet, which runs into a zoning issue. There will be a public hearing with the Zoning Board of Appeals on March 7 at 6 p.m.

Questions were raised regarding how trucks would deliver goods, along with how the parking situation will be handled.

With this project, there are still many aspects that have to be sorted out, as the VPB needs more information, but the application is complete so they can move forward with the processes. The VPB set a public hearing for March 14 at 5:30 p.m., so long as the following questions are  answered: Will there be a dumpster and if so, how will it be enclosed? How will snow removal be handled? How will the neighboring building be adjoined to the addition and will it affect the window of said building? Lastly, if the new balcony is to go over the sidewalk, the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals must approve.

The second matter discussed was the accessory building, a garage, at 21 Elk Street. There were a few corrections on the architectural piece. The garage must have windows on all sides that complement the doors, and shingles on the roof will match the main building along with the siding. This accessory building has a permitted use and will not be used as an apartment. The accessory building meets all set-backs and the proposed elevations are in allowance. There was no public hearing for this project, but a public notice was sent out. The accessory building will fit in with the character of the neighborhood with these new changes. The VPB made a motion to approve the Architectural Review of 21 Elk Street with to revisions to the Feb. 8, 2017 plans and it was approved.

The next meeting of the Village Planning Board will be held on March 14, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.