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Apartment proposal comes before board today

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The Ogdensburg Planning and Development Board will review a three-apartment conversion proposal when it meets today.

On the board’s agenda when it meets in City Hall at 5:30 p.m. is a proposal by Brian Morley of Ogdensburg to put in three apartments in a residential/business-zoned storefront building that he owns at 938-944 Ford St.

The plans call for the creation of two one-bedroom apartments and one two-bedroom apartment in three storefront spaces located in between the two businesses that bookend the building. They are Ford Street Laundromat at 938 Ford St. and DP Computers at 944 Ford St.

A defunct small engine repair shop once owned by Mr. Morley occupies one of the open spaces.

According to documents Mr. Morley filed with the city Planning and Development Office, conversion of the vacant space to the three apartments will take three to four months to complete and have room enough for three to four tenants.

The board will also discuss with Planning and Development Director Andrea L. Smith the definition of and potential for a zoning category that the city doesn’t have: highway general business or HGB. The category addresses regulations like frontage and setbacks where they concern businesses that are established on a highway.

The city currently has seven zoning categories which the board has been reviewing since last year.

The review is the first since the 1990s. They are single family residential, moderate density residential, mixed residential and business, business, industrial and institutional, mobile homes and planned development district.

The board meeting is open to the public.

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