By Jann Wiswall
The Town of Ellicottville’s Planning Board approved plans for changes to two buildings on a property on Rt. 219 owned by John Northrup. It also approved minor changes to the Holiday Valley Road realignment site plan.
Northrup proposed making some mostly interior changes to existing office space in one building in order to create a 2-3 bedroom rental apartment. The other building will become an indoor golf training facility run by John’s son and golf pro Jake Northrup.
Following a public hearing, during which there were no comments, and after confirming that there is ample parking designated for each building, the board approved the plan with the condition that any future change in use for the property would be subject to planning board approval.
In new business, Town Engineer Mark Alianello reported that Holiday Valley asked the Town Board last week for permission to make some minor but important changes to the site plan for the Holiday Valley Road realignment project. The board asked for the planning board’s input.
The project, which received Town Planning Board approval in October 2014, will reroute a section of Holiday Valley Road to provide better pedestrian safety in front of the main lodge and to provide more and better parking access and flow. The original plan called for rerouting Deer Crossing Road at its intersection with Holiday Valley Road. However, the resort and its engineers concluded that for numerous practical and functional engineering reasons, it makes more sense to leave that intersection alone. The rest of the plan remains essentially unchanged.
The planning board agreed to the de minimis (minor) amendment to the site plan with the condition that appropriate pedestrian access from the employee parking area to Holiday Valley Road be provided.
Holiday Valley Vice President of Operations Bonnie Koschir said that the resort expects to begin construction “as soon as the snow melts” and hopes to complete the project by July 4.
The next meeting of the town planning board will be held on Monday, March 23 at 6 p.m. in the town/village hall.