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June 28, 2013

Deliberations start for Microtel variance




The Village Code Enforcement Office had denied LaBarge a building permit because the land he intends to build on is zoned for residential use.

LaBarge, who is a partner in Branch Commercial Development, which owns the Holiday Inn Express and Suites on Route 11, bought the 2-acre parcel in 2005. The land was originally zoned for commercial use, and he had obtained a specific variance to construct an office building.

He had intended to sell the land for the new State Police barracks, but it was built on Route 11 in the Town of Malone instead.

Now, he wants a general business-use variance for a proposed $4 million Microtel that could employ between 14 and 16 people.

He said he should be granted the variance because businesses are already located on all three sides of his property.


LaBarge said during a previous appearance before the board that when he builds, the design would be such that the windows and doors would not overlook the back yards of neighboring homes on St. Marks Avenue to the west.

His plans also include construction of a 6-foot fence to shield neighbors from parking-lot lighting and noise from vehicles.

He said he has met all four of the variance-application criteria.

A previous Zoning Board hearing on June 6 was closed without a decision because all of the neighbors potentially impacted by the hotel project were not properly notified, as required by village regulations.

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