Fight Over Future of Seneca Falls Building Settled

The Town of Seneca Falls has settled its lawsuit against the Zoning Board of Appeals and a Pennsylvania developer over the former Arcade Building on Fall Street.
 
On Tuesday (April 2) the board voted 4-1 to approve the consent order negotiated for it by Ovid attorney Steven Getman.  Voting in favor were board members Don Earle, Emil Bove, Duane Moore and T.J. Casamassima.  Voting against was Susan Sauvageau.
 
Under the stipulation, developer Basil Vlahos agreed to a mixed use building with four apartments and four areas of office and/or retail space.  The plan also calls for ten parking spaces, or four more than required by local codes.  The zoning board has also agreed to the new plan.
 
The original plan for the building, as approved in November by the Zoning Board of Appeals, was for at least seven dwellings, a violation of the town's existing zoning code.
 
The town board objected to that proposal on several grounds, including parking and safety, and commenced a lawsuit in December to overturn the zoning board's approval. Under New York State law, the only way for a town board to overturn a zoning board is by filing a court proceeding under NY CPLR Art. 78.
 
The settlement will be filed with the court.  Once entered, it will be a binding order on all parties.
 
The Town of Seneca Falls has settled its lawsuit against the Zoning Board of Appeals and a Pennsylvania developer over the former Arcade Building on Fall Street.
 
 
Acrade Building in Dowtown Seneca Falls.  Photo by Greg Cotterill.
 
 
On Tuesday (April 2) the board voted 5-1 to approve the consent order negotiated for it by Ovid attorney Steven Getman.  Voting in favor were board members Don Earle, Emil Bove, Duane Moore and T.J. Casamassima.  Voting against was Susan Sauvageau.
 
Under the stipulation, developer Basil Vlahos agreed to a mixed use building with four apartments and four areas of office and/or retail space.  The plan also calls for ten parking spaces, or four more than required by local codes.  The zoning board has also agreed to the new plan.
 
The original plan for the building, as approved in November by the Zoning Board of Appeals, was for at least seven dwellings, a violation of the town's existing zoning code.
 
The town board objected to that proposal on several grounds, including parking and safety, and commenced a lawsuit in December to overturn the zoning board's approval. Under New York State law, the only way for a town board to overturn a zoning board is by filing a court proceeding under NY CPLR Art. 78.
 
The settlement will be filed with the court.  Once entered, it will be a binding order on all parties.
 
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