MASSENA - Two separate proposals, one requesting the addition of a third apartment and laundromat to the vacant former Homestead Dairy building on West Orvis Street and the other for permission to store boats and trailers at a business property, were denied by the villages Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday.
George Malone of American Asphalt Inc. became the second member of the organization to have a plan rejected by the board in the past year, after a proposal to convert the building into four apartments in February was also rejected.
American Asphalt is looking for a use variance at the old Homestead Dairy building on (West) Hatfield Street. They were in front of us in the past year, looking to add four apartments and a laundry room. That request was denied, Chairman Tim LePage said. Now theyre coming back to us looking to put a third apartment in and a laundromat into the remainder of the space.
The previous proposal was denied due to the boards belief that there was insufficient space for the request.
American Asphalt Inc. purchased the building and an associated parking lot for $12,700 in 2012 at the St. Lawrence County tax sale.
Mr. Malone has already put two apartments in the back of the property and was looking to add another apartment and laundromat in the two front units.
Board member Barbara Viskovich made a motion to accept the proposal, but there were no other votes in support of her motion.
I think our concern remains that the building is insufficient to house two more apartments, board member Frank Lallier said.
I think the boards concern is theres too much trying to be crammed into one building, Mr. LePage said.
Following the first item of new business, the board was approached by Anthony OGeen. Mr. OGeen operates Tonys Canvas, a store that sells custom made hockey bags, baseball bags, and lacrosse bags, as well as apparel and other items.
He was hoping to gain permission to store boats and trailers in the back lot of the 355 South Main St. location.
The proposal was sent to the county Planning Board in the past, but was returned for local action, Mr. Lepage noted.
They did say that they had some concerns (such as) how it would impact the surrounding neighborhood. There are questions they thought should be answered prior to us making a determination. Will the trailers be parked on grass or will the entire lot be hard surfaced? Will the sight be lighted or fenced?
Mr. OGeen answered that the trailers would be stored on grass. In terms of lighting and fencing, he responded by saying that those were not currently in his plans.
Ms. Viskovich again was the lone member of the committee to support approval of the proposal.
Before leaving, Mr. OGeen asked for a reason for the denial, but his only explanation was that the board did not have the votes to support the proposal.
Before voting, Mr. Lallier noted that the lack of security was his concern.