JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Post-Journal is reporting that a court date has been set for a second appeal attempt by a group of Lakeview Avenue-area residents who want to prevent the historic Sheldon House from being converted into corporate offices for a local business.
The 4th Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, located in Rochester, will hear the Sheldon House zoning variance case on Tuesday, May 16 (case no. 716.0 CA17-00171 – PAUL LEONE V CITY OF JAMESTOWN ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS).
Jamestown resident Paul Leone and two other residents in the Lakeview Ave. area are challenging the Jamestown Zoning Board of Appeals’ decision to grant a variance to the Lynn Development Group so it can use the Sheldon House for its corporate offices. That property currently sits in an area zoned for residential use only. Last year the zoning board approved the variance, and that during the summer the State Supreme Court upheld the decision after it was challenged by the Lakeview residents.
Late last year, WRFA talked with Leone about the concerns he and others have with the variance.
The Sheldon House is currently owned by Jamestown Community College. In January 2016, JCC announced it would sell the property to the Lynn Group for $240,000, contingent on a zoning variance from the city zoning board. In May 2016, the Jamestown Zoning Board of Appeals granted the special use variance to the property, despite objection by Leone and others in the community. Leone and other subsequently challenged the variance, and in August 2016, the New York Supreme Court upheld the Zoning Board’s decision to grant the variance. In September 2016, Leone announced he would appeal the Supreme Court ruling in the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court.