Gloversville sets hearings on sale, zoning of parcels

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council has scheduled public hearings for March 12 on the sale and use of several properties.

Resident Richard Ruby said he wants turn a building on Spring Street into a primary residence, but it is zoned for manufacturing.

He asked City Attorney Anthony Casale and the Common Council to consider rezoning the property so he could begin work on the property and eventually make it a place to live.

Casale said the property was originally zoned for commercial use, but then it was changed a few years ago for a potential buyer, but that sale fell through. He suggested the board consider changing it back to commercial so Ruby could convert the property into a living space.

“If the property were to stay the way it was, he would have to get a use variance,” Casale said. “For all intents and purposes, I don’t think that he would be successful in that use variance.”

However, because the city cannot have “spot zoning,” the council would have to change the zoning for the entire block.

Mayor Dayton King asked DPW Director Kevin Jones and the City Assessor Joni Dennie if any of the other parcels on that block would be affected by a zoning change, and both said they wouldn’t.

The city scheduled another public hearing for the March 12 meeting on a proposal to change the zoning for the former Pan Am building at 312 W. Fulton St. Jones said the area was previously zoned for manufacturing, and when the city took control of the property, it was changed to residential. In order for the state departments of Health and Environmental Conservation to approve cleanup plans for the site, the zoning must be changed back.

The city has some grant money that can’t be used for the entire cleanup project, so local officials will lobby state leaders for a exemption that would let the city use the money.

The council also set a public hearing March 12 for the proposed sale of two parcels to the Gloversville Little League for $2,500.

Mayor Dayton King previously said there is a little strip of land the city owns near the industrial park, and the city wanted to sell it to the Little League because the organization has already built a field on the parcel.

According to the resolution, the contract contains a provision in which the two parcels will revert to the city in the event the little league no longer uses the land for games or other activities.

The Common Council also unanimously approved the proposed sale of 42 Steele Ave. after a silent public hearing Tuesday.

The house on the property was destroyed in a fire. Only one bid was received for the property, and the Common Council decided to award it to Peter Aldi based on his bid of $2,001 – one dollar more than the minimum sale price.