Planning Board, 6-11-2018
The applicant reviewed the site plan. The number of parking spaces will be 156, up from the existing 103 spaces; a variance will be requested as only 114 are allowed. Two curb cuts on East Main Street will be eliminated, leaving one access point on East Main and one on Lakeland Street. The plan includes the ability of car carriers to access the site, although the applicant explained that this is not likely to happen. During the hearing, the owner of Village Traditions, across Lakeland Street, expressed concern that car carriers might be parked along the street, blocking access to his site. He asked that No Parking signs be erected. In response, Mr. Tegeder said that there could be a note on the site plan prohibiting parking on Lakeland Street and Mr. Fon advised the owner that it was up to the Audi owner to control where car carriers parked. The applicant’s architect explained that some changes would be made to the front of the existing building as part of a general upgrrade/modernization and that the exterior treatment of the new addition was cognizant of the existing character of the neighborhood. Tony Grasso, speaking on behalf of the chamber of Commerce, supported the application.
Planning Board, 5-7-2018
The traffic consultant went over the changes to the original site plan that were discussed at the previous meeting. It was not clear if he had done, or would be doing, a traffic count. He advised the board that the new adaptive light at East Main and Lexington that changes based on traffic appeared to be helping to move traffic. The applicant has hired a new attorney who will be reviewing the issue of how to deal with the two different zoning designations. A Public Informational Hearing will be held in June.
In response to board comments at the previous meeting, the applicant has revised the façade treatment to soften the look so that it doesn’t look like a “shop” and aligned access points on Lakeland St. The applicant has been meeting with the DOT regarding how to landscape the sidewalk and grass strip along East Main Street. It was noted that the DOT has adjusted the traffic light at Lexington Ave and will adjust it again once the new light to the west of Lexington becomes operational. The applicant’s traffic consultant will likely attend a May meeting. In response to questions from Mr. Tegeder, the applicant said that there would be carrier trucks coming to the site; as a result of the discussions during the Volkswagon site plan, the applicant now uses a 2.5 acre site in Mahopac to load and unload vehicles. Still to be decided is if and how the existing two parcels might be merged into one lot. A public hearing will be schedculed for either May or June.
Planning Board, 3-26-2018
See Planning Board minutes for details of proposed project.
Planning Board, 2-26-2018
Joe Riina of Site Design Consultants advised the board that the owner will be submitting an application for an expansion of the building on the abutting vacant lot at the corner of East Main Street and Lakeland Avenue. To be resolved with the building inspector is whether the vacant lot, currently zoned C-3, will need to be rezoned to comply with the C-4 zoning of the existing building.