Board approves plan for Mazzaferro’s rebuild
ROME — A site environmental quality review and site plan review were unanimously approved for Mazzaferro Bros., Inc. to build a new 7,225 square-foot deli to replace the building that burned back in April during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the city Planning Board.
The 7,225 square-foot building would include 40 paved off-street parking spaces at 7824 Ridge Mills Road. On Friday, April 29, fire was discovered shortly after 1 p.m. at the former longstanding meat market. Flames were first discovered near the exterior kitchen door on the north side of the building. All employees and customers escaped the building without injury, and fire officials deemed the cause of the blaze accidental.
During an appearance at the Planning Board in August, Matthew Lacey, representing MARCH Associates Architects & Planners of Utica, said the new proposed building is going on the same parcel as the deli lost to the fire, but in a slightly different location on the total 1.71 acre property. He said the project is going on the same parcel of land owned by the Mazzaferros, but further toward the south. The plan is to put the new building in what is currently undeveloped land on the other side of the parking lot.
There will be a new store, new parking lot, and slightly reconfigured entrance and exit, plus an employee parking area, Lacey explained.
The footprint of the building will be 5,100 square-feet, which is about 1,000 square-feet larger than the former building. Employee parking will be located at the rear of the building, the same location for loading and receiving of goods.
On Tuesday, Lacey indicated that changes that were recommending by the Planning Board last month had been made to the site plan regarding light poles in the parking lot and reductions in curb cut-offs off the road where the previous parking lot had been located. A dumpster enclosure was also now included, he said.
Planning Board Chairman Mark Esposito recommended a motion be made for a negative declaration on the SEQR and that the site plan be approved on the conditions Mazzaferro Bros., Inc. receives a no-impact statement from the State Historic Preservation Office on the proposed site and that they receive necessary variances from the city Zoning Board of Appeals dealing with parking and the front facade of the building.
As for the SHPO archaeological statement, “I don’t think there will be an issue because a building was there before, so I think it’s considered a low-risk outcome,” said Esposito.
Motions to approve the conditions, as well as the site plan and negative declaration on the SEQR were subsequently unanimously approved, with Co-chairman Joseph Calandra excused.
In other business:
• A negative declaration on a SEQR and preliminary plat review for a two-lot minor subdivision at Rome Polish Home, 501 S. George St., were unanimously approved. Jeffrey Moore, of Moore Land Surveying of Rome, said the subdivision would be at South George and Matthew Street. The board approved the negative declaration on the SEQR and the preliminary plat review on the condition the project receive the necessary variance from the ZBA.
• Carmen Proia, of 6421 Lowell Road, requested a SEQR and preliminary plat review for a two-lot minor subdivision at his property. Corey Kelley, of Kelley Land Surveying of Blossvale, stated that Proia was just interested in subdividing the property in case he chose to sell one of the parcels in the future. Proia would keep one and sell the other, Kelley said. Because there are no structures on the property and there would be no ground disturbance as part of the proposal, a negative declaration on the SEQR and preliminary plat review were unanimously approved.
• A motion made by Chairman Esposito to remove a request for a SEQR by Seaboard Solar to construct a 215-lot major subdivision off Turin Road from the table, and then from the agenda, was unanimously approved. “This has been on the agenda for quite a while, and it got to a point where we could deny (the SEQR) without prejudice and move along. If we deny without prejudice, they can reapply,” Esposito said.
• A SEQR review and site plan review proposed by brothers Paul and Dennis Evanciew to construct a 1,748 square-foot ice cream shop and 1,008 square-foot pavilion and associated site elements at the corner of Rome-Taberg and Link roads were tabled.
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