Press-Republican

June 25, 2013

Microtel plan goes to Zoning Board again

DENISE A. RAYMO Press-Republican
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MALONE — The Village Zoning Board of Appeals will again pick up its discussion of a variance for a proposed Microtel Inn and Suites on Thursday.

A hearing concerning developer Chris LaBarge and his plan for a three-story, 63-room, limited-service hotel at 19 Finney Boulevard was held June 6.



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But adjacent property owners were not properly notified of the meeting, as is required by the village’s zoning laws.

Board Chairman Darrel Deragon postponed further discussions and rescheduled the meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday to ensure all impacted property owners can be heard.

‘MUST BE 3 STORIES’

The meeting will held in the Village Office conference room at 16 Elm St., and it is open to the public.

LaBarge of CAL Equities LLC, who owns the 2-acre parcel behind Rite Aid Pharmacy, told the appeals board he would position the windows and doors so they do not overlook the neighboring properties on St. Mark Avenue.

When asked about a smaller plan, he said the proposed site has to be at least three stories high or it wouldn’t be financially successful.

He told the board members he should be granted a variance because there are already several existing businesses in that area and that his land was originally zoned for commercial use when he purchased it in 2005.

LIGHT, NOISE CONCERNS

LaBarge is also a partner in Branch Commercial Development, which owns the Holiday Inn Express and Suites on Route 11. He said plans also include the construction of a 6-foot fence to shield homeowners at the rear of the property from any ambient light and noise from the hotel’s driveway and parking lot.

That was a concern raised by some of the neighbors who attended the earlier meeting, who said loud tractor-trailers would idle overnight there and that lighted poles would throw unwanted light on their homes.

Neighbors also questioned environmental concerns about working around a site where there might be buried contaminants and ditching at the front of the property.

Email Denise A. Raymo:

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