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Potsdam planning officials to review new Scoopuccino’s location

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POTSDAM - Village planning officials will consider an application for a new location for Scoopuccinos, as plans move forward on the construction of a Hampton Inn on the site that currently houses the restaurant.

The village Planning Board will be reviewing a site plan application and a special use permit application submitted by Jim Sheehan, the current owner of Scoopuccinos, for development at 62 Country Lane, across from Lowes off Market Street.

According to Frederick Hanss, director of planning and development for Potsdam, a special use permit is required to develop a restaurant in a B-1 zoning district, which is the designation for that site.

Mr. Sheehan will also need to obtain a storm water pollution prevention plan permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation before he can move ahead and seek a building permit from village Code Enforcement Officer Larry Colbert.

The planning board will also review Mr. Sheehan’s storm water plan. Since a 2010 flood in the village, the board has been vigilant in making sure new construction does not add to the village’s already taxed storm water drainage system.

However, Mr. Hanss believes that based on the effectiveness of the storm water system at neighboring Lowes, the planning board may find few issues with the proposed storm water system at 62 Country Lane.

“I don’t think this is a very difficult project by any stretch. We’re relatively assured there will be no issues with this,” Mr. Hanss said.

Though Mr. Sheehan was out of town and unavailable for comment this week, a posting on the restaurant’s Facebook page indicate plans to relocate as the plans for the Hampton Inn move forward.

In February, the planning board accepted the site plan for the proposed Hampton Inn, a three-story, 95-room hotel intended to fill the lack of available hotel rooms in Potsdam. The hotel will be constructed at 167-169 Market St., the current location of Scoopuccinos and Ton’s Sports Bar, which last week announced plans to relocate to a yet to be determined location.

Last month, the village Zoning Board of Appeals granted a special use variance on the property, to allow the developer to exceed the 40-foot maximum height for its zoning district.

The cost of the hotel is expected to run between $6 and $7 million, and is a project of the Corning-based hotel management company Vision Hotels. The site plan was prepared by Amy Franco, Clough, Harbor and Associates.

Ms. Franco could not provide a specific timetable for the project, but said she hopes to move ahead as quickly as possible with the plan.

“I think they’re ready to start (construction) pretty much as soon as we can,” Ms. Franco said.

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