Rome ZBA tables restaurant use variance request for Rome-Taberg Road property

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Rome Zoning Board of Appeals tabled a request for a use variance on a proposed restaurant to be located on Rome-Taberg Road at its regular meeting held virtually Wednesday.

Brothers Paul and Dennis Evanciew, owners of 5477 Rome-Taberg Road, at the corner of Link Road, were seeking a use variance because a restaurant is not permitted use in an Agricultural District according to the Rome Zoning Code.

The Evanciews are seeking to develop a 1,748 square-foot building on the property with an open porch and a 1,008 square-foot open air pavilion, according to their application.

In addition to the restaurant, there will be a parking lot to fit approximately 35 vehicles, an enclosed dumpster and freestanding/building-mounted identification business signs to be installed per city code, the application adds.

The brothers are being represented by Rome Attorney Timothy A. Benedict.

Zoning Board of Appeals member Joseph Paqualetti Jr. made a motion to table the variance request because board members had received needed paperwork — 50-plus pages — concerning the project just that afternoon.

The motion was seconded by member James DiCastro and was subsequently unanimously approved by the board.

Back in October, the zoning board members rejected the Evanciews’ request for a use variance to establish a seasonal ice cream stand busienss on the same property.

Plans are for the April Zoning Board of Appeals meeting to be held in-person in Common Council Chambers of City Hall.

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