COOPERSTOWN – The 12-unit The Grove apartment complex – unprecedented in Cooperstown – just surfaced, but neighbors packed the Village Board’s monthly meeting Monday, June 24, to denounce it.
“We are shocked and deeply disappointed that the village would consider a 12-unit apartment complex within a block of primarily single-family homes,” said Sherrie Kingsley, co-owner of The Inn at Cooperstown with husband Marc. “Is there really a need for more housing in Cooperstown?
“Surely there are locations in other areas of the village or the outskirts of the village that would provide a much better fit for an apartment complex if one is truly needed,” she said.
Sherrie Kingsley, above, proprietor of The Inn at Cooperstown with her husband, Marc (seated to her right), reads a three-page letter to the Village Board this evening raising concerns about impacts of The Grove, a 12-unit apartment complex developer Josh Edmonds is proposing at 10 Chestnut St., next to single-family homes on lower Chestnut and Pine Boulevard. Several neighbors seconded Kingsley’s concerns. Others, including Bill Rigby, inset at right, opposed a PDD (a planned development district) that would allow expanded parking at New York Pizzeria, across Elm Street from his house. On a third matter, Eric Olson, inset left, said loud music and noise emanating from the Pratt Hotel, a tavern across from his Pioneer Street home and business, is awakening him as late at 3 a.m. as much as three times a week; he calls police, to no avail. Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch reassured the crowd that The Grove must go through several steps and public input before a decision is made. Olson said he was looking for help from a 2001 noise ordinance; Tillapaugh advised him that a new law setting noise levels at an 80-decibel maximum may help him, but that devices to read noise levels has not yet arrived at Village Hall. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – Josh Edmonds has built the future at 45 Delaware St.
• POINT ONE: A partner in the Simple Integrity construction firm, Edmonds has been paying $4,000 a year to heat his home in Springfield Center. The 2,600-square-foot house he’s just finished building at 45 Delaware will cost $254 a year to heat.
“That’s a pretty substantial difference,” Edmonds said in a recent interview: $4,000 vs. $254.
A home like the one he’s just completed – it’s on target to be certified by the Passive House Institute, the international gold standard – costs 3 percent more to build than a standard house.
Here are the five concepts Simple Integrity builder Josh Edmonds applied to 45 Delaware St., Cooperstown, necessary to win certification from the Passive House Institute.
►One, Thermal Bridging
Nothing outside is connected directly with the interior, accomplished by a five-layered wall.
From the inside out, that wall consists of a layer of 2x6s; a layer of ZIP System sheathing and tape; 12-inch-deep I-joints (plenty of room for insulation); a rain screen (the criss-cross wood pattern you may have noticed driving by), and siding that breaths.
►Two, Continuous Insulation
In effect, a coat of insulation on the slab, walls and roof create an enclosed box, with a truss roof placed on top.
►Three, air sealing
In a typical house, Edmonds said, air changes 5-12 times per hour. The New York State building code has tightened that to three times per hour in new construction.
The Passive House standard is .6. The rate at 45 Delaware is .2.
►Four, high-performance windows and doorsAll doors and windows have three panes, and are sealed so, when closed, no air leaks in. “These windows are on a par with Marvin windows for cost,” Edmonds said during a tour of the home.
They are inset from the highly insulated exterior wall, so they conduct less cold than if they were flat against the outside wall.
►Finally, five: heat-recovery ventilation
Houses need fresh air for the occupants. Passive houses provide that through HRV, which allows energy to pass between two streams of air without mixing the air. In the winter the warm stale air transfers its energy to the cold incoming fresh air; vice versa in the summer. HRVs have efficiency ratings of 65-92 percent, depending on the model.
COOPERSTOWN – For Josh Edmonds, the lot at 10 Chestnut St. represents a chance to solve two problems in the village – adding housing and reducing energy consumption.
“The village needs long-term rentals,” he said. “And I see a need for more energy-efficient construction.”
Edmonds, a passive-house consultant through, Simple Integrity, his contracting company, has proposed a two-story, 12-unit building on the lot at 10 Chestnut St, next to the Inn at Cooperstown.
At the Village Board meeting on Tuesday, May 28, Edmonds revealed details about the proposed project: 12 two-bedroom units, with the six apartments on the first floor designated as handicap-accessible. There will also be 24 parking spaces.