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Mid-Broadway tweaks explained

March 27th, 2013

Principals in the development of the mid-Broadway site as an apartment complex and supermarket came before the Newburgh City Council Thursday to describe minor tweaking involving the number of stories planned, the addition of parking spaces and improved landscaping.

Patrick Normoyle and Magnus Magnuson of Mill Street Partners (also known as Excelsior Housing, LLC) explained that there have been some revisions since the last time they went before the council.

“In our prior meetings with you, we showed a building along Broadway like an L or like a U, parking along the side on Johnston Street,” Magnuson said. “The parking at that point, we had mentioned that we would do single parking spots, one for each bedroom; tandem two spots for each two bedroom plus parking for retail, plus 26 spots across the street.

“As we developed the plan, we’re keeping that concept just the same; no different. We’re tweaking it so we’ll get a few extra parking spots and more landscaping. We’re trying to landscape the edges, put trees within the lots. The building itself is very similar to what we proposed. It’s four stories instead of five, which is more in keeping with the scale of the neighborhood.

“The building on Broadway is still five stories, but it is set back, with four stories and the fifth story is set back,” he said. “Otherwise the project is still 91 units; the units haven’t changed and we have a survey now. The survey shows that it’s a little tighter than we had from the tax lot information. We’ve adjusted, so now we feel that it works.

“Right now, we’ve also reviewed the zoning and we feel we meet the new zoning requirements,” he said.

“It looks like the wing on the Landers Street side is a little bit longer,” Mayor Judy Kennedy suggested.

“Just a bit,” agreed Magnuson.

“Did we add more units?” Kennedy asked.

“No, because we made this a four-story wing, the six units we had up here [at the top] we added here,” he said pointing on the drawing shown the council. “We kept it at 91 units.”

“Have you changed the amount of parking?” the mayor inquired.

“Actually, we’ve increased it from the last time you saw it,” Magnuson said.

Normoyle entered the conversation at that point, saying, “in January we increased the number of spaces. In addition, we have 37 spaces on site and a few on the parking lot across the street.”

“The new plan, which we continue to tweak, shows the number of residential spaces is up to 154. We have enough now to do the job,” he said.

Normoyle said Magnuson will continue to explore to see if the plan can be improved upon.

The goal is to make the parking lot more attractive, he said.

“How many parking spots for the supermarket?” Kennedy asjed.

“Thirty-seven,” she was told, “including 26 on Landers Street.”

“If we have a few more parking spaces we could add them to the retail,” Normoyle said.

“There are also seven parking spots on Lander Street and 19 on Broadway,” he added. “In all there are 63 spaces.”

Kennedy let slip a plan she has mentioned in the past.

“How many on Broadway if we go to parallel parking?” she asked.

“About half that,” she was told. “You’d probably lose 10 spots on Broadway.”

Normoyle said that plans are in the works to test the soil of the site to make sure there are no problems with soil contamination. At one time or another there have been a gas station and a dry cleaners on the site.

Earlier Thursday, Sarah Yakel, of BFJ Planning, told the council that some zoning amendments will be required in order for the City to go forward with the mid-Broadway site. Yakel and her firm worked on the future land use plan that was adopted by the council in September 2011.

“We’re now back working on some minor zoning amendments that will advance the 2011 plan.”

She walked the council through some changes that were shown on a 17-page document.

“It looks larger than it is,” she said. “But the first 12 are existing. It’s really the last three or four pages that are new. A new use permit has been added within the existing tourist commercial district … and only the portion of DCI1 is affected.”

A new section has been added, giving the council authority to grant special permits. Previously, only the Planning Board could do that.

“The purpose of this is to implement the land use plan,” Yakel said.


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