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Village Planning Board Meeting Shared Driveway Disputed

Two Public Hearings Held

By Jennie Acklin

An Ellicottville home-owner’s opposition to the details of Bill Paladino’s Ellicott Development Project prompted the village’s planning board to set a one-month resolution deadline during its July 10 meeting.

Homeowner Pat Pagenkopf’s complaint stems from several issues related to the shared driveway between 9 E. Washington St. and 11 E. Washington St., which is planned to be used for several purposes. These include delivery vehicles needing access to the new shops in the building, employee traffic to and from the employee parking area, garbage trucks one to two times per week and emergency vehicle access.

The smell and sight of the dumpster located at the end of the shared driveway are also of concern to Pagenkopf, as well as the increased traffic “right outside my dining room window.” She said she has lost all privacy within her property and said her property value has declined because of the Paladino project. Pagenkopf is currently having a property valuation conducted.

A conditional agreement between Bill Paladino and homeowner Pat Pagenkopf is needed for a plan approval to be given to Paladino, and no such agreement has been reached. Following a lengthy discussion by both parties and all board members, it was decided that no building permits would be issued as yet, and one month was given as a deadline for resolution.

The planning board also held two public hearings during its meeting. The first hearing was for a special-use permit submitted by Bill Soffel of ERA Real Estate, to create a residential condo in an existing commercial building located at 12 Washington St. No comments were received from the floor and the public hearing was closed.

The second hearing was submitted by Bill Paladino for a special-use permit for approval to locate the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency in an existing building located at 9 E. Washington St. After some discussion from neighbors who had some concerns about the driveway access, which was not part of the public hearing topic, no pertinent discussion was received and the hearing was closed.

The next agenda item was presented by Bill Sprague and Bill Gugino of Sprague Development, who sought a special-use permit for 11-13 Elizabeth St. for office space and residential apartments. Board members requested a site plan, along with detailed drawings showing layouts for doors, windows, and complete interiors. Revised drawings will be resubmitted in two weeks, and a public hearing was set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14.

The planning board gave architectural approval for 12 Greer Hill and to Paul Iskalo’s garage addition at 19 Greer Hill.

The next village planning board meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14.

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