Zoning Board to discuss proposed demolition at Feb. 3 meeting

Comments for virtual public hearing may be emailed to city at least 24 hours before meeting

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The demolition of a limestone building on Erie Boulevard to make way for a car wash will be the topic of discussion during an upcoming Tuesday, Feb. 2, public hearing to be conducted by the city Planning Board. The project has already been reviewed by the city's Zoning Board of Appeals.
 
Hoffman Development Group is seeking to demolish the current building and construct a 6,400 square foot car wash at 1315 Erie Blvd. West. The building there was constructed in 1936, and over the years has been a former school building and veterinary hospital among other uses.
 
The project was discussed at a recent city planning board meeting, where it was tabled for further action due to continued work needed on a required State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) and site plan review. 
 
Public comments read previously into the record at the planning board meeting included support of further investigation of the historic significance of the property and alternate sites available for the project in the city.
 
According to city code information, “car wash facilities must be screened along interior side and rear lot lines with a solid fence or wall, a minimum of six feet and a maximum of seven feet in height. One shrub a minimum of three feet in height at time of planting must be planted linearly every three feet on-center along such fence or wall.”
 
“The site must be graded to drain away from adjoining properties,” the code continued.
 
A similar project by the Hoffman Development Group is planned for the former Rite Aid building at 1727 Black River Blvd. That project is advancing before the city's Zoning Board of Appeals and will be discussed at that board's meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
 
ZBA meeting details
“Due to the closure of Rome City Hall to the public, all members of the public wishing to comment on the public hearing regarding the ZBA meeting should do so in writing to dkelly@romecitygov.com no later than 24 hours prior to the public hearing,” reads a release about the public hearing. “All comments received will be read into the public record during the public hearing,” the release continued, adding that the 6:30 p.m. February 3 public hearing will be available via the virtual Web Ex digital conference program and the login information can be found on the city’s web site, www.romenewyork.com.

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