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City manager opposes Manhattan investor’s interest in Watertown property

pWATERTOWN — Manhattan developer Meira Moet Shapiro is convinced that she can turn around a vacant, deteriorating apartment building at Cooper and West Lynde streets./ppCity Manager Rick Finn vehemently disagrees. He contended that the seven-unit building should be torn down, citing its overall deteriorating condition, the lack of parking for seven apartments and its history of numerous police calls over the years./ppOn Monday night, City Council members are expected to vote on whether Ms. Shapiro can purchase the $14,416.39 tax sale certificate and then renovate the building./pp“I can do a lot with it,” she said, saying that she has created a niche of “boutique” rentals around the state that have waiting lists of tenants wanting to move into her properties./ppBut Mr. Finn said the apartment building has been a nuisance property with problem tenants. The seven-unit apartment building only has five parking spots. To comply with city code, it needs eight parking spaces, he said./ppThe 4,300-square-foot building also is too big for its 5,880-square-foot lot, so there is nowhere else to add parking spots. /pp“Not having enough room is certainly a problem and issue for that property and a problem and issue for that neighborhood,” he said. /ppIt would cost …read more

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