By Jann Wiswall

At its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, the Ellicottville Village Planning Board had planned to review initial sketch plans for the renovation of the 16 Martha Street property recently purchased from American Locker. However, due to the fact that survey plans for the property were not yet available, that agenda item was tabled until the board’s December meeting.

The owners of the property, who have formed 16 Martha Street, LLC, plan to fully remediate some environmental concerns with the site and renovate the two existing buildings to construct a seasonal apartment complex consisting of one building with 10 apartments and a second building with four, two-story townhomes/duplexes. The apartments will be fully furnished and offered for term rentals. None will be sold as condominiums.

The board did discuss zoning for the property, which will have to be changed for the new use. Currently zoned for industrial use (Village Commercial 2), the board expects to propose subdividing the site and designating the 10-unit building as “Village Commercial 3,” which allows for reuse of an industrial structure. The townhomes/duplexes likely would be rezoned as medium density.

Board Chair Nancy Rogan suggested that the board allow for some flexibility in zoning the 10-unit structure in case, at some time in the future, owners want to include retail there. While the new owners have no plans to include retail, the board agreed that it would make sense to build that into the rezoning language. That language will be drafted and reviewed at the next planning board meeting scheduled for Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m.