Board clears zoning hurdle

In an effort to get a jumpstart on new business for 2008, the Glenville Town Board approved a new zoning proposal and replaced a key position in the town. All of this was done in the absence of Supervisor Frank Quinn, who could not attend the meeting. Quinn had voted in favor of a zoning proposal that did not pass at an earlier meeting regarding the property on Swaggertown Road. The proposal passed at Wednesday night's meeting and will now allow for multi-family housing.

As the town continues to grow in both business and residential development, builders have been looking to construct multi-family buildings such as townhouses around the town.

The approved proposal to re-zone 43 acres off Swaggertown Road will give Belmonte Builders the opportunity to build 16 duplexes and 33 multi-family homes. The project, known as Glenville Estates, will feature homes priced between $140,000 and $300,000.

Board member Valerie DiGiandomenico said the board is particularly interested in having the proposal move forward because the development will give homes already in that area the chance to tie into a sewer system.

Over the years, residents along the Swaggertown Road area have expressed interest in access to public sewers. If we have Belmonte construct the homes, many residents will finally have the opportunity to tie into a public sewer system, said DiGiandomenico.

Town board member Robert Bailey, whose term ends next week, said the town is open to rezoning for multi-family housing because townhouses are attractive to young couples looking to move into the town as well as senior couples looking to downsize their space.

"It's another step in the right direction for Glenville," said Bailey.

In staffing news, longtime Assessor Rosalie Fahey was told in September she would not be asked to come back another year in her position. Town Administrator Tony Germano announced that someone outside the area has filled the position. Darlene Abbetocola of Frankfort will begin her duties in January.

The board will look into rezoning areas in around the town from residential to residential and agricultural at the Jan. 16 meeting.""

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