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News of Otsego County

Planned Development District – PDD

Triple-A Coming Down For Pizza Shop Expansion

Triple-A Coming Down

For Pizza Shop Expansion

Joe Vezza, one of Cooperstown’s top restaurateurs, at right, strides across the scene as the former Triple-A office building at Chestnut and Elm is being demolished at this hour to make way for the expansion of his New York Pizzeria.  The work is being done by Heroux Excavating.  Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, who was observing at the scene, said Vezza’s plan for a PDD (planned development district) has been approved, but a few more village reviews may be necessary before the project goes forward. Vezza, who also operates Bocca Osteria and Upstate Bar & Grill as the village’s south end, plans to add a new entrance on the south side of the building, outside seating and more parking. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Trustees Create First PDD, Leaving Details To Planners

Trustees Create First PDD,

Leaving Details To Planners

In part due to Bank of Cooperstown President Scott White’s explanation of the bank’s proposed parking lot expansion on Chestnut Street, the Village Board this evening approve Cooperstown’s first PDD – planning development district. However, the trustees forwarded issues raised by neighbors this evening – concerns about lighting, drainage and noise among them – to the Planning Board, which will still have to rule on the specifics and approve the project, which includes demolition of an adjacent house now used for professional offices. The PDD idea, included in the recently revised village Comprehensive Master Plan, allows development experiments that, while not specifically meeting all zoning particulars, address such larger goals as more mixed uses or economic-development enhancements.  The vote was 5-1-1, with Trustee Jim Dean voting nay and Trustee Lou Allstadt, who owns stock in the bank, abstaining.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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