Krebs still on planning agenda

Krebs redevelopment was the last agenda item of the regularly scheduled Oct. 5 village planning board meeting. Architect Andy Ramsgard, representing Krebs' new owner Adam Weitsman, came before the board for three reasons:

1. SEQR review

2. An okay to send application to county

3. An okay to have application reviewed by the village engineer

Only three of the five planning board members were present throughout the evening, which did represent a quorum. But planning board member and restaurateur Bill Eberhardt recused himself from the Krebs issue because of a conflict of interest. Eberhardt owns and operates the Sherwood Inn and Kabuki, and is a partner in the Blue Water Grill.

Because the three items were not crucial decisions in regard to planning, Eberhardt was asked to sit in to provide a quorum, if Ramsgard gave his okay. But after consulting with the village's planning lawyer, Eberhardt decided to stay on the sidelines.

Ramsgard presented 14 schemes for the parking lot behind Krebs - from A to J. The ideas ranged from different points of entrance around the three Genesee Street structures that make up the Krebs property, to how the cars would be positioned, to how deliveries would be handled and how buffer zones could be positioned. Most schemes called for around 32 parking spaces. The original plan called for 60 cars and required subdivision action. Most of the newer proposals instead would require a use variance.

Ramsgard said that 72 cars was the requirement at maximum capacity. This was calculated by doing the math on the number of seats in the restaurant, 269 divided by four.

Neighbors spoke up about parking

Bruce Kenan said this is not a public hearing, but if the public is interested we are always interested in hearing comments. Ramsgard said he knew there were neighbors at the meeting who wanted to express their opinions. Because of the inability to vote that night, Kenan opened up the meeting to the floor to gather additional input. He noted that there would be an official public hearing, and the ZBA and village board would each hold public hearings as well on Krebs redevelopment.

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