[IW] Planning & Devel. Brd. – 5/17/16 Project Review Agenda

Charles Pyott CPyott at cityofithaca.org
Wed May 11 13:18:46 CDT 2016

Dear All:

Please find attached (also pasted as rough/unformatted text further below) the PDF agenda for the Project Review Committee meeting of the Planning and Development Board, scheduled for this coming Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 9:30 a.m., in the Third Floor Conference Room (behind Common Council Chambers), City Hall, 108 E. Green St., Ithaca. The agenda is also accessible either directly via the link pasted below (along with all associated attachments) or by going to the “Agenda Center” on the City web site (www.cityofithaca.org/agendacenter<http://www.cityofithaca.org/agendacenter>), under “Project Review Committee (Planning & Development Board)."

Important Note: Agenda start-times are approximate only. Applicants and other required meeting participants are responsible for being available at whatever time(s) their agenda item(s) are actually discussed. Any applicants or other expected participants who will not be able to attend should please call Charles Pyott at 274-6550. Thanks so much.

Agenda with Attachments: http://www.cityofithaca.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/05172016-1070 (115.98 MB)
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NOTE: The following document was included in the digital packet above, but not the hardcopy mailing to Planning Board members:

602 W. State St. (Elmira Savings Bank): Geotech Report (April 2016)


Charles Pyott
Office Assistant, Division of Planning & Economic Development
Department of Planning, Building, Zoning, & Economic Development
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Project Review Committee Meeting Agenda: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

9:30    Project:      Elmira Savings Bank
Location:      602 W. State St./M.L.K., Jr. St.
Applicant:     Kim Michaels, Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects, LLP
Anticipated Board Action(s) in May: Declaration of Lead Agency, Public Hearing, Potential Determination of Environmental Significance, & Recommendation to BZA

Project Description:  Applicant proposes to renovate existing two-story brick building at corner of West State and Meadow Streets for branch bank functions on first and second floor.  Basement will be used for mechanical equipment and tenant storage; also proposed is mall 700-SF two-story addition, necessary for vertical circulation (stair and elevator).  Site ingress/egress is provided from existing curb-cuts on Meadow Street and West State Street (egress only).  Two drive-through lanes will be provided for bank transactions, one of which will serve as island station with pneumatic-tube connection to remote teller.  The second will provide access to night deposit and ATM station at building’s west exterior wall.  17 parking spaces are proposed.  Applicant also proposes to remove 2 on-street parking spaces on State St. to expand the sidewalks and add street trees.  Other site improvements include landscaping, signage, and lighting.  Project site consists of 3 tax parcels: 72.-2-13, which contains existing two-story brick building; 72.-2-11, which contains existing asphalt parking area and curb-cut to N. Meadow St.; and 72.-2-10, which contains two houses.  Project development will require consolidation of tax parcels and demolition of two homes.  Project is in WEDZ-1a Zoning District and requires an Area Variance to allow for addition of one-story canopy on west side of building over drive-through lanes.  Project also requires approval for removal of parking and curb bump-out.  This is an Unlisted Action under City of Ithaca Environmental Quality Review Ordinance (“CEQRO”) and State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”), and requires Environmental Review.

9:50    Project:      Minor Subdivision/Parcel Reconfiguration
Location:      312-314 Spencer Rd.
Applicant:     Charlie O’Connor, Modern Living Rentals
Anticipated Board Action(s) in May: Determination of Environmental Significance and Recommendation to BZA

Project Description:  The applicant proposes to consolidate, then subdivide, three tax parcels: #105.-7-1.1 and #116.-1-1, with a combined area of approximately 0.212 acres (9,234 SF), and containing an existing single-family house; and #116.-1-2, measuring approximately 0.395 acres (17,206 SF) and containing an existing single-family house.  The new proposed parcels will be: Lot 1, measuring 8,571 SF with approximately 166.78’ of frontage on Old Elmira Road; Lot 2, measuring 5,600 SF with approximately 45’ of frontage on Old Elmira Road; and Lot 3, measuring 12,260 SF with approximately 191’ of frontage on Spencer Road and containing the two existing houses.  The proposed Lot 3 requires an Area Variance for a deficient front yard setback.  This is an Unlisted Action under City of Ithaca Environmental Quality Review Ordinance (“CEQRO”) and the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) and requires Environmental Review.

10:10        Project:      Apartment Building
Location:      201 College Ave.
Applicant:     Noah Demarest, STREAM Collaborative, for Visum Development Group
Anticipated Board Action(s) in May:  Public Hearing, Potential Determination of Environmental Significance, & Recommendation to BZA

Project Description:  The applicant proposes to build a 5-story apartment building on a-0.173 acre lot at the corner of College Avenue and Bool Street.  The building will contain 44 dwelling units with approximately 76 bedrooms.  The basement level will have a trash room, a fitness room with windows looking out to the street, and a bicycle garage for approximately 20 bikes with ramp access from a doorway on Bool Street.  Other proposed amenities include landscaping, lighting, 4 outdoor bike racks, and street trees.  The site has a 17’ difference in elevation from the southwest corner to the northeast corner, rising from 690.00 to 707.00.  Site development will require the removal of the existing 2‐story wood-framed house containing 1 apartment with 12 bedrooms, gravel parking area, and five trees.  The project is proposing a curb bump-out that will require approval form the Board of Public Works.  The project is in the MU‐1 Collegetown Area Form District (CAFD) and requires an Area Variance.  This is a Type 1 Action under the City of Ithaca Environmental Quality Review Ordinance (“CEQRO”), §176-4 B(1)(k) & (h)[4], and the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”), §617.4(b)(11), and is subject to Environmental Review.

10:30    Zoning Appeals
•    #3024, Area Variance, 312-314 Spencer Rd.
•    #3025, Area Variance, 201 College Ave.
•    #3026, Area Variance, 125 Farm St.
•    #3027, Area Variance, 220 Cobb St.
•    #3028, Area Variance, 339 Center St.
•    #3029, Area Variance, 207 Grandview Ave.
•    #3030, Area Variance, 602 W. State St.
•    #3032, Area Variance, 121 W Court St.
•    #3033, Sign Variance, 120 S. Aurora St.

11:00    Adjournment

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