By Jann Wiswall
M&T Bank will be moving from its current location at 3 Washington Street to 49 Washington — the site of the old Kwik Fill, which is across Mill from the new Kwik Fill.
The project is in initial planning stages with the Village Planning Board. A special use permit is required and the site plan and architectural reviews are in early stages.
During the Village Planning Board on Tuesday, Aug. 9, the board and M&T’s architects were focused on traffic flow through the property and around a drive-up ATM kiosk, as well as parking. The board agreed that one of the four solutions presented would provide safe and adequate access, turning radius and parking spaces.
Village Planner Gary Palumbo advised the board that plans are complete enough to set a public hearing on the special use permit. That hearing was scheduled for the Sept. 13 meeting.
Two projects that have been on the planning board’s agenda for several months were approved. A proposal to construct an accessory building with a three-car garage and second floor apartment at 27 Elizabeth Street was approved. However, the board approved the project on the condition that renovations on the primary home (which was heavily damaged by fire last year) be completed and issued a certificate of occupancy (C of O) before the accessory building can be issued its C of O.
The board also gave the final go-ahead to Clayton Silvernail, who is renovating the former Agway building at 11 Martha Street. The building will contain three professional offices when completed.
A new potential project also was on the board’s agenda. It involves altering a pre-existing, five-lot property that had been given “minor subdivision” designation several years ago. Now, after some property ownership changes, three lots of the original subdivision are for sale and a developer wants to build three duplex homes. The other two lots were combined and sold as one.
There are a number of implications that the Planning Board wants to work through to protect against over-development both now and in the future. And, there are issues with common driveways. Palumbo agreed that more research needs to be done “to make sure we don’t end up with something we don’t want,” but indicated that the developer’s request likely can be worked out.
The next meeting of the planning board is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the town/village hall.