Monday, August 15, 2016

WDT: Zoning, Changing Lifestyles, Other Factors Overshadow the One Law Approach

      As we told you some time ago the zombie on Ten Eyck Street that Banco Popular is now selling for $120K has to be a single family home.  The former six unit house is in residential A, and like a lot of large homes in such neighborhoods had been converted to apartments back when that was in vogue.  Other homes on the same block are also multi-family.
    However since its been vacant for some time, a new owner has to conform to single family zoning.
    That's the phenomenon that leads to problems as such large homes don't fit today's lifestyles, the cost of converting it back is in the hundreds of thousands, and there is no flexibiity in zoning laws.
    As Council looks at an landlord law as its panacea for frustration over blight, it's important to remember there are other factors like zoning, that lawmakers are unwilling to address.
    The zombie on Ten Eyck is being cleaned up and its sale is welcome, as only that can allow the property to evolve.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/ten-eyck-street-property-can-no-longer-contain-apartments-20160815

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

There are plenty of folks living the large house lifestyle throughout the rest of the county, they just wisely choose not to do so in the COW. The useless rules and regulations are too much to bear. The bloated fire department and other city govenrment, cost too much in taxes. On top of taxes, people are forced to pay for sidewalks and tear down perfectly fine looking fences. It may sound good to you, but to may people, it doesn't. And then to rub salt in the wound, the city charges for trash bag stickers.

Meanwhile, a number of municipalities include trash service with their modest village taxes. Hell some even include a town wide trash pickup once a year, to get rid of the old junk. That gets augmented with a town wide rummage sale weekend, to minimize what goes to the landfill.

Of course when you spend all your city tax money on city staff and fire departments, there isn't any left over to pay for the real services that residents actually want.

Its also troubling to see the city selectively enforce their stupid laws. While some homeowners are being charged for sidewalks, there are entire streets in the city that have no sidewalks or curbs.

Anonymous said...

This is complete BS.
A business, can easily be defined as ceasing to operate when it ceases to operate. And after a year it can be said it looses its right to start up again. But those apartments never stopped being apartments and when they are vacant, the owner never stopped being the "occupant" by the city's own definition of what an occupant is.

If the city wants to legitimately stop this house from being rented out, it needs to redefine what it means to be an occupant or else pass zoning stating that a non conforming apartment building loses its status when people do not routinely enter and sleep in the building for a period of one year.

I see that Beasley is also in favor of registering apartments (along with DANC). It is all starting to add up now. They don't want private individuals competing with them in the rental business and their goal is to make it so difficult on people that more people get out of the business and leave the government cheese all for them and their buddies.

Anonymous said...

Good ole' Stephen "pass another law" Jennings is at it again. Has this guy ever met a law he doesn't like? Geez, seems like he is trying to regulate this town into submission. Enough of the regulation & enough of this pants load councilman. vote him out!

Anonymous said...

Have we all lost our minds? How can an uninhabitable dwelling be worth 120K?