The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

Local News

November 8, 2012

Board says zoning impact is 'negligible'

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The Medina planning board reviewed and offered a simple acknowledgement of three rezoning proposals made by the village Tuesday, including the rezoning of the Towne School property as general business.

The village has initiated a rezoning process for 181 Bates Road, the campus of Towne School; 214 Commercial Street, home of the Acme Manufacturing Company; and a residential property on Brown Street. Each move would free up property owners to use their land for their preferred usage — marketing the closed school for development, expand the canal-bordering business and to finance the sale of the house.

According to Codes Enforcement Officer Marty Busch, the village is seeking to rezone the Medina Central School District-owned Bates Road property to the general business category. The property borders a pair of general business-zoned properties to the south.

”It makes the property available to do other things,” said Busch, who noted that educational businesses are allowed in the category. In the event that the school was to be re-opened, the rezoning would have to be reversed.

Busch said that Acme’s parent company is looking to consolidate and expand it’s century-old business in Medina. This isn’t under the current zoning guidelines, which were changed to residential during a period when the business’ future was less certain.

”It would have a low impact,” Busch told the board. “There’s not a lot of truck traffic and there’s minimal noise inside.”

The Brown Street property is located opposite housing on Ricky Place but is located in a larger area zoning for potential light industrial use. Busch said that changing the zoning to the multi-family residential would allow the property’s owner to sell to a new owner.

The rezoning process allows both the local and county planning board will weigh in on the proposals before a public hearing is held for each separate rezoning. Village planning board members were brief in expressing their views after a presentation by Busch explained the reasons for each request.

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