JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Planning Commission met on Tuesday afternoon and took action on a resolution involving the proposed sale of the Sheldon House.
The historic home, located in a residential area on Lakeview Ave, is owned by Jamestown Community College and being sold, with a proposed buyer being the Lynn Development Group. However, because Lynn Development wants to use the home as an office headquarters, a zoning variance would be required from the city.
On Tuesday the planning commission approved a resolution that allows city planning director Bill Rice to prepare and submit a letter of environmental review to the city zoning board, which is serving as the lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process. Once the letter is prepared and presented to the zoning board, it will then be able to consider a zoning variance for the Sheldon House. At the earliest, that consideration will take place during the zoning board’s June meeting.
A group of residents in the Lakeview neighborhood are opposed to the sale, saying they’d prefer the home go to a buyer who would use it for residential purposes, not as a location to operate a business.
The commission also continued its discussion of updating city zoning regulations regarding LED electronic signs, but felt that more research and discussion needed to take place before the updated rules could be submitted to the city council for its review and approval.
And the commission approved both the site plan and the State Environmental Quality Review study for the next phase of reconstruction for an area of Newland Ave., which will include curb work and making sidewalks and crosswalks ADA Compliant.