JUNE 25, 2020
A special meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Lakewood, NY, was held June 25, 2020, at 7:00 PM, in the Board Room of the Anthony C. Caprino Municipal Building, 20 W. Summit Street, with Chairman Gary M. Segrue, presiding. Board members present were Louis S. Drago, Jr., William F. Chandler, Phyllis Sorensen, and Jerry Holmes. Also present were Village Clerk Mary B. Currie and Building Inspector Jeffrey A. Swanson.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion by Jerry Holmes, seconded by William F. Chandler, to approve the minutes of the last meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals held June 11, 2020.
Adopted: 5 ayes, no nays (Segrue, Chandler, Drago, Sorensen, Holmes)
MAXIMUM HEIGHT VARIANCE
FOR AN ACCESSORY STRUCTURE
3 WEST TERRACE AVENUE
Mr. Christopher Laury and Mr. Michael Baronich, owners of 3 West Terrace Ave., have re-submitted an application for a maximum height variance regarding their proposal to construct a new two story garage at the above address. Per the re-submitted drawings, the proposed height of the new garage will be 22 ft. at the roof’s peak, and will be used to park vehicles with storage on the second floor. In accordance with Section #25-45, (D) [Accessory Structures], of the Village of Lakewood Zoning Law, the maximum height of an accessory structure shall not exceed 12 ft.
Chairman Gary M. Segrue opened the meeting by asking members of the Zoning Board of Appeals if they understood Village Attorney John I. LaMancuso’s recommendation of square footage for Accessory Structures being considered only by the footprint.
With all members in agreement, Chairman Segrue asked if there was anyone in attendance that would like to speak on behalf of this proposed project.
Mr. George Romanowski, 4 Packard Way, said he thinks if a garage were to be built in the general area of only 12 ft. it would look out of place, all the garages in the neighborhood of 3 W. Terrace Ave. are presently 14 ft. to 24 ft. in height.
Mr. Christopher Laury, owner of 3 W. Terrace Ave., explained the new site plan, which has been draw up by Architect Diane Hendrix, indicating she lowered the height of the roof to 22 ft. doing so, it will still create the aesthetics they are looking for and also making it inhabitable for living space by code.
Building Inspector Jeff Swanson said the typical height for living space is 7 ft.
Chairman Segrue asked Mr. Vince Gerace, 28 Chautauqua Ave., if he knows the height of the windows on the second story, from the deck of his house and if he knows how tall the interior ceilings are.
Mr. Gerace indicated the ceiling height of the coffee shop on the first floor is 9 ft., while the ceiling height on the second floor is 8 ft.
With the thought that the property at 28 Chautauqua Ave. sits higher than 3 W. Terrace Ave., Mr. & Mrs. Gerace indicated they were fine the newly submitted site plan.
With no additional comments or questions, Chairman Gary Segrue and members of the Zoning Board of Appeals proceeded to review and answer the questions posed on the area variance findings and decision form.
Motion by Louis S. Drago, Jr., seconded by William F. Chandler, to approve a variance of 10 ft. to allow the construction of an accessory structure/two and a half car garage with a footprint of slightly less than 800 ft. and storage on the second story and maximum height of 22 ft. at the roof peak. Given the height of the upstairs storage area of less than seven feet, living quarters will not be allowed to be constructed. The construction is to be completed within twelve months from date of approval.
Adopted: 4 ayes, (Chandler, Drago, Sorensen, Holmes), abstain, (Segrue)
Meeting Adjourned: 7:20 PM
Mary B. Currie