MASSENA - Massena resident Sean Gambill and his mother, Irene Gambill, are preparing to open a small gift and souvenir shop sometime in the winter or spring on Trippany Road.
The proposal for Gambillz Gift & Souvenir Shop was approved by the towns Planning Board after an extensive discussion on the signage, parking lot and building sizes.
Mr. Gambill explained their plan for the store at 100 Trippany Road has been modified a bit in order to satisfy zoning regulations.
Its just going to be a gift shop. We downsized it to 24 foot by 40. Well have a gravel parking lot, Mr. Gambill said. We downsized it to just all be done on the front acre. It was originally 3.14 acres, but we downsized it to just fit on the front acre.
Mr. Gambill added that he wants to include a large variety of items for sale and have something for everybody.
His plans for a store sign were approved after Planning Board Chair Vance T. Fleury reviewed specific regulations related to the permitted size.
Signs for usage shall not be larger than 32 square feet. So four by eight (feet) is 32, so youre fine with the four by eights, Mr. Fleury said. Nor shall they be more than eight feet above the ground at maximum height, nor more than two in numbers. So you can have the two signs, thats fine. Theyve both got to be four by eight or smaller. You cant be closer than 25 feet from the pavement.
You can go for a variance. If you wanted to go to the zoning board, they could approve a larger sign. In this situation where you are facing the highway, it could be a larger sign if they so approve it.
Plans call for the gift shop to have four lights along the south side of the parking lot, along with an additional light at the entrance. Mr. Gambill said he was undecided on the size of the light fixtures, but Planning Board member David Grant stressed that a decision should be made sooner rather than later.
You see our predicament though. If we say Yes, you can have five light fixtures on the property and you go in and you put 20,000 watt light fixtures that light up the whole town of Massena ... I know you wouldnt but thats our predicament. Weve got to make sure that youre not putting too much light pollution on that area. Were trying to protect the surrounding community, so I appreciate your side of the table that, Well, were not quite sure what we need yet, but on our side we need to make sure that theyre not too big, Mr. Grant said.
Mr. Gambill will likely limit employees to family members, but Mr. Fleury noted that since it will be in a residential agricultural zone a maximum of four employees is allowed.
A small local business must meet the following criteria: the owners of the business shall be the same as the owners of the lot, the total number of employees, including ownership, shall not exceed four people and there shall be adequate on street parking, Mr. Fleury said.