By Caitlin Croft

The project that has caused much controversy at 23 Washington Street, PB-2017-02 has modified its plans and addressed all concerns brought up by the public in the March 2017 Public Hearing. Previously proposed was a 480-sq. ft. three-story addition to the rear of the building that was to include an elevator and stairwell. The rear existing portion of the building was to be reworked with matching brick to fit the aesthetic of the village. Also, the front Alpine style deck was to be replaced and expanded over the sidewalk and will return the building to a period aesthetic in compliance with Section 11 guidelines of the Village Law. This project was to also include the renovation and addition of a 3rd floor that will be used for either retail or restaurant space and will include a 42-inch high wall around the top.

These plans have been removed and the developer will work within the footprint of the existing building. The only new parts of the project are a 20’ x 24’ deck off the second floor and a patio off the first floor. Because the addition has been removed, it is no longer necessary for Vogt to obtain a Zoning Variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Vogt also no longer needs a Special Use Permit, as there will no longer be a change in use. The State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) was performed and found to have no negative impact, therefore giving it a negative declaration. A motion was made and passed on the Site Plan and Architectural Design Review with the following conditions: adjacent properties must be notified of the construction phases and they must comply with the Section 11 guidelines and maintain the integrity of the Historic District.

There were three Public Hearings held, the first regarding a Home Occupation at 11 Rockwell Avenue PB-2017-04. The applicant, Darlene Allen, plans to open an at-home therapy service. For this, they will need a Special Use Permit only as there are no changes being made to the home. There were no comments from the public and the hearing was closed. The VPB made a motion to approve the Special Use Permit and it was passed on the condition all requirements are continued to be met.

The next Public Hearing was on 8-10 Washington Street PB-2017-05, which is a proposed Professional Office in one unit of the former Ellicottville Inn. Plans include opening the building’s original windows that had been bricked in, along with redoing the awning above the entrance. There were no comments from the public, but one correspondence had been received in favor of the project and its aim to restore the building back to its former glory. For this project, a Special Use Permit and Architectural Design Review were needed. No Site Plan is needed seeing as there are no changes to the site from the previous use. The board performed the SEQR review process and arrived at a negative declaration, or no negative impact. The Architectural Review and Special Use Permit we approved.

The last Public Hearing was on the project at 16 Rockwell Avenue PB-2017-06, a proposed Accessory Apartment. This project will need a Site Plan Review, Special Use Permit and Architectural Design Review. There will be a 133-sq. ft. addition, which will encompass an exterior entrance, stairway and laundry room. There will also putting on a deck made of pressure-treated wood that will be stained and sealed. The deck will be on the side facing the existing home. The ZBA granted the project two Area Variances to allow the deck within 15 feet of Park Avenue and the Floor Area Ratio to exceed the allowable limit. The Open Space requirement has been met. The VPB asked how parking would be handled because one bay of the garage will be lost. The applicant advised the apartment is for a family member and there will be a total of three parking spaces which satisfied the VPB. A steel roof will be installed and the exterior will be white which will match the existing home. Lastly, there will be a new garage door. Unfortunately, the homeowner started construction before they were approved and a stop work order was given verbally. The homeowner claimed they thought they could start construction. The board has asked of them to consider a redesign of the enclosed stairwell and see a plan for parking added. A motion was made an approved to table this matter until the July 2017 meeting.

In New Business, a Home Occupation has been proposed at 54 Mill Street PB-2017-07. This would be an in-home hair salon operated by Jennifer Powers. All parts of the application have been completed and a Public Hearing has been set for July 13, 2017.

Last, a projecting sign for the new Tee Bar, located in the former Katy’s Café location, was approved on the condition that it is hung eight feet above the ground.

The next work session of the Village Planning Board is set for Thursday, July 6 at 4:30 p.m. due to the 4th of July Holiday. The next meeting of the Village Planning Board will be Thursday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the Village Hall.