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American Asphalt hoping that 3rd time is the charm with ZBA

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MASSENA - After two separate proposals for use of the former Homestead Dairy store on West Hatfield Street were denied by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals in 2013, American Asphalt, Inc., will open the new year by making a third attempt to have a plan approved on Tuesday.

A representative from American Asphalt will appear at the ZBA’s meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at town hall.

George Malone approached the board in October to request the addition of a third apartment and laundromat to the vacant former Homestead Dairy building on West Hatfield Street but was denied.

In February, co-owner Shawn B. Thrana was denied his request to convert the building into four apartments.

“(Mr. Thrana) was given the permit for two. Last year though they were denied the proposal for four,” code enforcement secretary Avis Hazelton said. “Now he is just looking to put in the laundromat in the front part of the building.

“Normally, businesses are not permitted in a Residential B area. There is a map that states the zoning and what is what. When it used to be the Homestead Dairy, it was probably put in before the zoning was in effect.”

Zoning regulations in the area limit property owners to a maximum of two apartments in a structure.

American Asphalt purchased the building and an associated parking lot for $12,700 in 2012 at the St. Lawrence County tax sale.

After re-working the variance proposal, the board was still not convinced in October. “I think our concern remains that the building is insufficient to house two more apartments,” board member Frank Lallier said at the last meeting.

“I think the board’s concern is there’s too much trying to be crammed into one building,” then-board Chairman Tim LePage added.

The vacant building is a one-story, 3,500 square foot structure.

Attempts to reach American Asphalt officials were unsuccessful.

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