To ALL Cooperstown Villages Residents regarding the 10 Chestnut Street project:
Zoning laws are to protect one’s investment and quality of life in a community. When zoning laws are allowed to be exceeded with “special permits,” it weakens the law.
The 10 Chestnut Street project is zoned residential and historical.
Does this project qualify for the quaint small town atmosphere that residents and visitors from around the world expect? The project exceeds the zoning laws in several categories.
It is a nice façade to a behemoth building in that space? Consider: 13 apartments with 21 rooms on 0.33 acre and 0.14 acre, 21 parking spaces, with no visitor parking and no place for children to play.
Have those that have written or are voicing their support of the project considered the quality of life and investments of others?
This is a slippery slope. Where will the next project be? In what neighborhood?
Let us make it clear. We are not opposed to development of this property within the zoning laws which were rewritten just two years ago!
We would enthusiastically welcome this!
We are for zoning laws that protect our quality of life and investment AND YOURS!
Jack and Gayle Smith