Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Week Ahead

The week begins with a holiday--Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. It's one of the holidays on the eve of which alternate side of the street parking is suspended, so tonight cars may be parked overnight on either side of the street.

On Tuesday, January 16, there are three meetings of interest.
  • At 5:oo p.m., the Galvan Foundation's plans to provide emergency housing at the former Sunset Motel on Route 9 in Greenport will be presented to the Columbia County Board of Supervisors. That meeting takes place at 401 State Street.  
  • At 6:30 p.m., the Common Council is holding a public hearing on two pieces of proposed legislation. The first amends the city code as it pertains to the reimbursement of costs incurred by the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals in connection with applications and appeals. The second, "A Local Law to Preserve Community Character, Local Business Ownership and Local Wealth," would ban "formula businesses"--chain stores and franchises--from the city.
  • At 7:00 p.m., the Council holds its first regular monthly meeting for 2018. 
On Wednesday, January 17, at 6:00 p.m., the Zoning Board of Appeals holds a public hearing on the application to demolish 418 State Street, a house determined by its owners to be unsafe, and build in its stead a new single-family structure requiring front yard and side yard variances.

The regular monthly meeting of the ZBA will follow the public hearing.

On Thursday, January 18, at 6:00 p.m., the Common Council Economic Development Committee meets for the first time in 2018. The task before them, set by Council president Tom DePietro, is to consider the request from Stewart's Shops for the City to change its zoning and create a new "Green Street Commercial Overlay District," affecting both Green Street and Fairview Avenue, which would allow Stewart's to demolish two houses and expand its gas station and convenience store at the intersection of Green Street and Fairview Avenue, at a gateway to the city. 

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