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Corporate Park tenants urge zoning officials to prohibit bus garage

pWATERTOWN — Officials representing tenants in the Jefferson County Corporate Park urged the town Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday to prohibit a school transportation service provider from entering the park. /ppDeveloper Michael E. Lundy wants to build a facility for First Student, Cincinnati, with office space, service bays, a fueling station and parking for about 40 buses. Car-Freshner Corp. and Opal Development have sued the Watertown developer to stop the project and have previous approvals from governing bodies revoked. Both have contended the facility would create traffic congestion, cannot be built on a lot already occupied by an existing business, Penske Truck Leasing, and as a “bus garage,” fails to comply with local zoning laws and the covenants for the park. /pp“It just does not fit within the context of the existing zoning, and the ordinance is not ambiguous,” said the attorney representing Opal Development, Paul J. Curtin Jr. of Curtain Law Firm, Cazenovia./ppBoth park businesses previously requested an interpretation from the board to evaluate whether First Student’s facility, which would be built in the town’s neighborhood commercial zoning district, would comply with the town’s zoning ordinance. The board rejected their request by deeming it untimely. /ppDuring an October court …read more

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