Advertisement. Advertise with us

Letter from Beth Glynn

Open Letter to Coop Board and ZBA

My husband and I own 41 Lake Street, the Crooked House, and One Chestnut, which is located at the corner of Lake and Chestnut streets. The Crooked House is directly across the street from 40 Lake, and One Chestnut is separated from the Crooked House by only 43 Lake. We are extremely exposed to the goings on at 40 Lake.

We bought the Crooked House in 2016 and have since re-sided and re-insulated the house and garage, restored the windows to their original 1825 and 1900 condition, upgraded the driveway and the all the interior and exterior light fixtures. All these improvements were done with the expectation of living a quiet life among the single-family homes in the neighborhood.

The new owners at 40 Lake have neither lived in the house nor made any improvements to the house that can be seen from the outside. The owners seem only to want to turn this historic house into a boarding house for transients. The Zoning Board of Appeals took the correct action by denying the first application made by 40 Lake. But in the process, Ms. Schwartzman suggested that the 40 Lake owners could re-apply and rent one room. There is no way to police how many rooms would being rented, if permission were granted to rent one room.

All of Lake Street would be directly affected by a rooming house in the neighborhood; to state the obvious, noise, parking, car lights late at night, and partying would result. The traffic on Lake Street in the summer is heavy. In front of the Crooked House and hence 40 Lake, where there is street parking, two SUVs cannot pass. This makes backing out into traffic difficult from either 41 Lake or 40 Lake. More cars backing out from 40 Lake would be unwelcome, indeed. Furthermore, if 40 Lake were turned into a rooming house, reduction in value of houses and perhaps inability to sell houses would be other considerations. If the developers were successful at 40 Lake, others of the same type would smell the opportunity for profits. Cooperstown could become another upstate town ruined by opportunists.

The Village Board has the responsibility to act now to stop developers from skirting the laws.

Beth Glynn


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Articles

In Memoriam: A. George Eccleston, 71 August 28, 1951 – December 26, 2022

In MemoriamA. George Eccleston, 71August 28, 1951 - December 26, 2022 NEW BERLIN – A. George Eccleston, 71, of New Berlin, NY, passed away Monday December 26, 2022, in Cooperstown, NY, with his family by his side. George was born in Cortland, NY on August 28, 1951, the son of the late Clifford and Dora Watts Eccleston. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters Emily and Kathy and brother Ron.…


HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAY 29 Otsego County Remembers The Fallen ONEONTA MEMORIAL DAY PARADE —10 a.m. Commemorate our country’s fallen soldiers. The day will begin with a parade (line-up at 9 a.m. and step off at 10), to commemorate Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher Robert Eramo. A riderless horse will be included as a salute to the fallen, with CWO3 Shawn Hubner, who serves in the deceased’s unit, hand carrying the battalion colors from Fort Wainwright to Oneonta and marching in the honor guard. After the parade will be a ceremony of remembrance at 11 a.m. on the Veterans Memorial…

In Memoriam: Virginia L. Stocking

In Memoriam Virginia L. Stocking December 2, 1922-May 17, 2023 SPRINGFIELD CENTER—Virginia L. Stocking, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on May 17, 2023 at the age of 100.  Virginia was born in Cooperstown on December 2, 1922 to Earl and Catherine Richards. She spent most of her childhood in East Springfield and graduated from Springfield Central School in June of 1940. She married Glenn C. Stocking on April 9, 1944. Virginia and Glenn devoted their lives to each other and to their family.  In addition to spending time with her family, Virginia enjoyed playing the organ,…