The plans for the house, which will be located at 11 Rossman Avenue, came before the ZBA for an area variance. Because the house will be set into the hill, part of the living space will be partially underground. The building code requires egress windows for that space. Those windows will swing out, requiring window wells that will take up four feet of the required ten-foot side setback. Hence, an area variance is required.
At last night's meeting, the ZBA accepted the application and scheduled a public hearing on the project for March 18 at 6:15 p.m. Because Rossman Avenue is part of a locally designated historic district, the design for the house must be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission. It is expected that the plan will be presented to the HPC in April.
The ZBA scheduled a second public hearing for March 18. That public hearing involves a lot line adjustment to allow the owners of 515 Union Street and 517 Union Street each to have a driveway and off-street parking. That public hearing will begin at 6 p.m., immediately preceding the public hearing about the new house on Rossman Avenue.
There is a vacancy on the Zoning Board of Appeals and has been since Phil Abitabile, who moved to Greenport, resigned in the middle of last year. Anyone interested in serving on the ZBA might want to contact the mayor and make that interest known to him.
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