The Ogdensburg Planning and Development Board on Tuesday approved plans for three apartments in a storefront building on Ford Street.
The board voted 7-0 in favor of both preliminary and final site plan approval for Brian J. Morley, of Ogdensburg, to put in three 760-square-foot apartments in a residential/business-zoned, one-story storefront building that he owns at 938-944 Ford St.
Two of the apartments will have one bedroom. The third will have two bedrooms.
One of the apartments will occupy a space where there was a small engine repair shop that was owned by Mr. Morley. The sluggish economy, he said, makes a small businesses like that a risk to succeed.
Not so for apartments, Mr. Morley is hoping.
There is need for it, actually, he said.
There are already small businesses at each end of the building, Ford Street Laundromat at 938 Ford St. and DP Computers at 944 Ford St.
Mr. Morley will have to meet city requirements by providing two parking spaces for each apartment. All six spaces will be in a lighted gravel lot behind the building.
The board granted him a waiver on a paving requirement.
Sewer and water lines from adjacent properties, he said, run under the lot. The need to break through expensive asphalt pavement to make repairs and then patch it up again would be costly.
Instead, Mr. Morley will distinguish each parking space with a cement buffer and a number.
Conversion of the vacant space to the three apartments will take three to four months to complete. There will be room enough for three to four tenants.
Voting in favor of Mr. Morleys plan were board Chairman Timothy J. Redmond, Joshua Blair, Sean P. OBrien, Frank Perretta, Paul W. Stevenson, Linda D. Pellett and Michael P. Frary.