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City Council denies second zoning change for medical scrubs shop

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Hedy M. Cirrincione will have to scrub plans to open a medical uniforms shop on Washington Street after the Watertown City Council unanimously voted down on Monday night her request to change zoning on nearby Flower Avenue East.

She had hoped that council members would agree to change the zoning from residential B to a neighborhood business so that she could use the backyards at 108 and 112 Flower Ave. E. for parking for the medical uniforms shop that she wanted to open around the corner at 703 Washington St.

Before the vote, council members said putting parking spaces behind the Flower Avenue East buildings would infringe on the surrounding neighborhood. They were worried about traffic and noise.

“Sometimes you see a good fit, and I don’t see a good fit with this one,” Councilman Joseph M. Butler said.

Without the zoning change, there was not enough room for parking at the 703 Washington St. site.

It was the second time in a few months that Ms. Cirrincione requested a zoning change. In May, she successfully requested that properties along 703-719 Washington St. be changed from limited business to neighborhood business.

But Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham said that he could not go along with “the second bite of the apple.” He contended that the businesswoman had given a compelling presentation to council on her first request that Washington Street has changed over the years from a residential neighborhood to an area that now has many medical and professional offices.

The first decision so angered the city Planning Board, which had recommended against the change, that board member William R. “Randy” Fipps resigned.

Ms. Cirrincione said last month she originally planned to house the business at 715 Washington St., another apartment building she owns. But she determined that it would take more work to get the building up to city codes, so she decided to open it at 703 Washington St.

She did not attend Monday night’s council meeting and could not be reached for comment afterward.

In other business, council members:

n Thanked interim City Manager John C. Krol for doing a good job for his two-month stint at City Hall. It was Mr. Krol’s last meeting in that capacity as new City Manager Sharon A. Addison takes the helm on July 16.

Mary M. Corriveau left the position after the council did not approve a new contract.

n Learned that the city will soon take over ownership of eight homes and two commercial properties, a former tattoo shop at 606 Factory St. and a large warehouse at 753 Rear W. Main St. that houses Fort Drum storage.

By the end of the week, the city is expected to file deeds on the 10 properties following a two-year tax redemption period that ended last week. They are expected to go up for sale at an auction in the fall.

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