Grainy photos by Evan Brandt
An artist's rendering shows what a renovated Fecera's building would look like after a $13 million renovation.
Wednesday, the intrepid developers who want to spend $13 million to turn the former Fecera's Furniture warehouse at the corner of Beech and North Evans street into affordable apartments for artists were forced to plead their case -- again -- to another borough agency.
The 3 men who will decide the fate of the Fecera's project are,
Mark Patrizi, chairman, Jay Harp and
alternate Doug Lenhart.
Under those rules, the developers' good-faith attempts to obtain more parking to address the concerns expressed by council and the neighbors, would have born fruit, providing more spaces than that ordinance required.
But council pulled a fast-one and increased the parking requirements for rental properties after granting the conditional approval.
Under the new rules, instead of needing 65 total spaces (they have created 59 of them off-street), Genesis Housing and Housing Visions of Syracuse, N.Y. would need 98.
|A variance is also being sought to allow these 3 signs on the building.|
However, he argued, if the zoning board decides the new rules should apply, a variance should be granted because the new rules make the property unusable.
Heather Schroeder, the project coordinator for Housing Visions, put it more bluntly.
If the zoning hearing board rules against them and won't grant a variance, "we will have to walk away because the project will be impossible."
The three-hour hearing ended around 11 p.m. without the zoning board making a decision.
Solicitor R. Kurtz Holloway said the board has another hearing next Wednesday, Sept. 2, and expects to announce a decision at that meeting.
In the meantime, here are the Tweets from last night's hearing.