Planning board considers changes at two Liverpool properties

At its March 28 meeting the Liverpool Village Planning Board discussed options for two village neighborhoods, the 100 block of Lake Drive and the 600 block of Vine Street. The board, chaired by Joe Ostuni, Jr., reviewed JGB Properties' application for subdivision for property at 103 Lake Drive. The owners, who also include Constine LLC and Norwood Holdings LLC, want to re-subdivide four existing lots into two conforming lots.

"At a high level, the JGB application for subdivision will allow them to join a number of smaller properties into two lots that can better fit with their plan for property they already hold in that same block," Ostuni said. JGB owns 137 First St., which presently houses a florist's shop, on the eastern side of the same block.

State Environmental Quality Review determination and an Onondaga County Planning Agency referral was done for JGB's application. Pending receipt of New York State's and SOCPA's approval, the board may act to approve the application at its April 25 meeting.

The planning board also reviewed the Advocates Inc. application, for a special permit for the property at 609 Vine St., Advocates Inc, which serves developmentally disabled individuals and their family members. Discussion centered on the number of residents and employees and related matters such as parking.

Advocates' attorney Dom Cambareri said the organization is also buying a house in Fayetteville in a neighborhood which has a similar residential character as Liverpool.

The board did the SEQR determination and referred the Advocates' application to SOCPA for its resolution.

"We should have the SOCPA decision back for the April meeting," Ostuni said. "Once the planning board has this we can consider action on the application. The process is proceeding well so far."

The board tabled a change-of-use application for 318 First St., which served last year as a campaign headquarters for Congressman Dan Maffei who ran unsuccessfully for re-election in November. The property, owned by Charles Hafner, will soon be leased to "Rent a Ride," an automobile rental company.

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