AUBURN, N.Y. - At most meetings of the Zoning Board of Appeals in Auburn, there's not a large crowd; usually just the person who wants to expand their driveway, or put in a swimming pool next to a fence. But tonight's ZBA meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall, could have a packed house.
That's because some neighborors in the historic South St. area are opposed to a new proposal for using the Case Mansion. Since 1976, Unity House had occupied the space, and among its many services, it has treated people with alcohol and drug problems, and people with mental illnesses. Many of the neighbors didn't like it at all, but they pretty much grumbled among themselves.
Now, after sitting empty for several years, Mike Henty has leased the Case Mansion from the adjacent First Presbyterian Church, and he wants to turn it into a center for veterans and young people. But many say Henty's plans are far too vague, and that it doesn't conform to the hardship requirement of the city’s zoning laws.
ON THE COVER -- Auburn City Hall