POTSDAM - Billys Deli may eventually move from 2 Main St. to the former Tardellis Restaurant at 141 Market St.
The village planning board unanimously voted Thursday night to give conditional site plan approval for owner Cornelius Con Mahoneys plans for the Market Street location. Mr. Mahoney had opened the 2 Main location 18 months earlier in a space he rented. A second location, which opened last fall at 109 Main St. in Canton, has since closed.
The Market Street location will give Billys additional space in an owner-occupied location; Mr. Mahoney bought the former Tardellis following its spring 2011 closure after over 50 years in business.
Mr. Mahoney is updating the space to include a drive through window for customers.
He said he does not on any timetable yet for moving; he is working on it gradually in addition to running his other business, Mahoneys Auto Mall.
Its going to be a gorgeous building when we get done, he said. It needs to be beautified and thats what were doing.
Thursday nights meeting was not without snags. The conditional approval was for Mr. Mahoney to comply with the code enforcement offices directive to ensure adequate parking lot lighting.
Mr. Mahoneys site plan did not include lot lighting; he pointed out that most of his business was during the lunchtime hours.
You still need parking lot lighting, board member Theodore Prahl said. You cant have anyone stumbling around.
Mr. Mahoney said he would make sure his property had adequate lighting.
I just havent put the time in to do it right, he said.
Board members also instructed Mr. Mahoney to install adequate signage to instruct customers to the drive-through windows location.
People are going to be really stupid and theyre going to drive everywhere, Mr. Prahl said.
The board recommended Mr. Mahoney obtain a village building permit before proceeding any further with renovating the structures interior. The village will ensure any upgrades Mr. Mahoney made so far to the buildings interior prior to obtaining a permit are code compliant, according to Planning and Development Director Frederick J. Hanss.
Mr. Mahoney will also either have to change the Billys sign at the front of his property or obtain a variance from the Potsdam Zoning Board of Appeals. He had painted over the Tardellis sign, which is not compliant with village code, Mr. Hanss said.
That sign may have been there long before we had codes, Mr. Hanss said. You cant just repaint whats there and expect it to be legal.