Village staple planned to be demolished for apartment complex
Despite a business owner's desire and disapproval from residents, the Scotia Diner is planned to be demolished after being open for 50 years, so the developer can build an apartment complex.
The Scotia Planning Board on Monday, Jan. 3, started off the year by approving developer Bruce Tanski's project to demolish the diner, formerly Attanasio's Restaurant, and three houses along Glen Avenue to develop a three-story apartment complex. Now the only hope for restaurant regulars is for the diner to relocate, or for Tanski, who bought the building six years ago, to reconsider his plans. Tanski previously tried other development efforts, but failed to get approval from village officials.
The owner still hasn't told us anything, he hasn't given us a time plan, so here we are still conducting business as usual until they day they come down here and talk to us and say this is happening and then it is going to court," said Aristotales "Terry" Kyratzis, manager and chef for Scotia Diner, on Friday, Jan. 14. "I'm a Marine, so I don't back down from a fight and I don't give up and it is going to be a fight, but ultimately the owner can do whatever he wants with this property."
Kyratzis said he hadn't known about Tanski's intentions to develop an apartment complex until he read reports on the meeting. If he had known beforehand, he said, he would've made sure to have his opinions heard by village officials before the vote.
"If I knew about it and I had prior notice I would have been at all these meetings to protest or to say, 'Hey, what about this diner and what's it going to do to the community," said Kyratzis.
Village Mayor Kris Kastberg said while the lack of commercial space on the street level of the building does go against the norm on Mohawk Avenue, there is little the village could do to stop the development.