Representatives from the village board, planning board and zoning board of appeals took the unusual step to meet together to discuss the Krebs Project Saturday Sept. 18 at 9 a.m.
Mayor Bob Green said the proposal was so unusual that the special meeting was an important step in guiding the village's future. First, because Krebs is a historic feature most residents would like to see preserved and evolved, and secondly, there is an overall parking problem in the village that needs to be addressed. He also said to keep in mind that this was a working session - meaning, more of a brainstorming.
There was an explanation of the zoning regulations by the planning board and ZBA's attorney Riccardo T. Galbato.
Ultimately, the planning agreed to meet again for more discussion before the official Oct. 7 public meeting.
Pretty much everyone in the room agreed that not only is parking a problem in the village, but especially on West Genesee Street.
The question came up - "was the parking proposed by the owner or required?" And the answer is "both."
Planning Board Member Toby Millman said that if the restaurant was to be built today, parking would be required in the plan.
Planning Board Chair Bruce Kenan said the applicant (Andrew Weitsman) made it clear that he wanted parking.
The Krebs project involves three structures that each host extended backyard acreage. Project architect Andy Ramsgard, had presented Plan A to subdivide the properties to include a 60 car parking lot behind the structures. That plan had a 25 foot buffer with a fence, tree line and berm between the lot and the neighbors. Ramsgard said he organized the actual position of the parked cars to shed the least amount of light outward.
He also noted that based on zoning rules the calculation of one car for each four customers would mean a 70 car lot (which he reduced to 60). Keep in mind that the renovated Krebs will actually reduce the total number of seats. That number is based on seating allowed on the first floor, second floor, front porch and patio.