Anyway, I have also always wondered if this property would ever get re-developed and now it seems the rumblings of that action may be occurring. The Planning Board agenda says the matter is only a property boundary clarification and land transfer issue, but I still suspect near future building endeavors. What do you think should happen with that property? The also, is on the Planning Board agenda tonight, at 6pm. Agenda item #2.
59 Pierpont: The owners of this home wish to put a second story on the house and some of the neighbors are not too happy about that. I LOVE when the neighbors participate in the process! Kudos! This neighborhood has lovely homes, but not gigantic and some of the neighbors believe that adding a second floor over the center/main portion of the house will make it one of the largest on the street, and thus disparate with the character of the neighborhood. In fact, this house’s existing first floor area is already larger than many other nearby homes, so multiplying that by 2 will physically make the house appear twice as large, no matter what the actual habitable area numbers may be. Remember though, that the owners don’t need a variance to build a second floor, only to build a second floor whose second story front wall aligns with the existing first story front wall, because that does not conform, by just under 3 feet, with current setbacks. I think the real issue here is that, again, people are allowed to build much larger houses on smaller lots ever since the code was changed circa 2006, and as more and more people catch onto this they don’t like it, especially in the more local, quasi-seasonal parts of the village. I think someone should put together a photo montage to demonstrate the scale consequence here, rather than to rely on the board’s familiarity with the neighborhood. The application was adjourned on February 24th so that neighbors could have more time to review the building department file.
So those are the happenings around town that caught my attention just by the display of a sign out front and/or activity on the site. But I always am peeking at the agendas and videos available online. That sure is a nice convenience.