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Krebs project's ping pong parking planning

What a difference a block makes - that's a village block in Skaneateles. The new rendition of the Krebs restaurant has stricter village board dictated guidelines than its competition. This is because of its location landlocked into a residential neighborhood, and its need for renovations has had the operation up in front of the village board, village planning board and the zoning board of appeals.

The village reported the following information from its public hearing on 53 West Genesee St., the address of the Krebs Restaurant proper:

Architect Andy Ramsgard said there were 14 versions of a parking plan reviewed, which started with 68 parking spots adhering to the ZBA's parking requirements. After coming before the VPB those spots were whittled down to just eight, and these mainly for handicapped patrons.

The VPB referenced the parking moratorium to take the parking issue out of the ZBA's dictates and place it into a site plan review. The VPB then responded to the restaurant's surrounding neighbors that live off its back acreage on West Lake Street, who strongly opposed the addition of a parking lot in their backyards.

Several village trustees expressed concern over the diminished parking before the public hearing on Feb. 14 including Marc Angelillo, Sue Jones and Marty Hubbard.

"We lost an opportunity to develop additional parking," Marc Angelillo said. "The village doesn't have funds to buy public lands and develop parking lots and in this case we have a resident who is amendable to developing parking."

Hubbard agreed, noting it was unfortunate to not gain 68 spots. Sue Jones, who is a Genesee Street resident in the neighborhood in question, has said all along that she thought there should be more off street parking. She commented that once the restaurant opens, residents on the neighboring streets of Orchard and Griffin may view the parking differently, so she anticipates having to revisit the parking. Mayor Green concurred, as during the public hearing he predicted the restaurants success would dictate the need to revisit the parking issue.

Other restrictions placed on the new Krebs

-No outdoor dining.

-Deliveries will only be accepted in the morning

-Hours of operation: The kitchen must close by 11 p.m. and the entire restaurant and bar must close by midnight.

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