PUBLIC HEARING FOR A NEW MAIN STREET COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL MIXED USE PROJECT ALLISON OIL REVEALS PLANS FOR A NEW SELF-CONTAINED OIL STORAGE TANK – November 2023

By Peter Calvert

Planning Board – October 16: Harlan Dye, Chair, Bill Palmer, Frank Winkler, Art Reed, Cricket Keys, Eric Van Benschoten, Joanne Callahan, Support Staff: Al Mohr, CEO, Joanne Boerner, Clerk. (Absent and Excused: Kent Manuel, DelCo)  Public: Eric Ball, Chris Long, DJ Long, Jessica Corey, Peter Calvert, Andes Gazette.

A Public Hearing was held for Jessica Corey’s proposal regarding mixed use of her building at the corner of Main and High Streets. She has made recent renovations and wishes to renew the commercial opportunities to the front and downstairs of the building that previously existed and revive the apartment for year-round rental or to develop an Airbnb upstairs within the second floor back portion. One neighbor was curious about the building’s future use and in favor of the project as long as neither guns nor drugs were offered for sale there. One Planning Board member asked if the building was ADA compliant. Another Planning Board member asked if any of the current commercial Andes Main Street establishments meet ADA requirements. It was determined that very few commercial establishments meet ADA requirements, and those buildings with front staircases directly on the street and no ramps stay open because they were grandfathered in with ADA exemptions as they were built in another era. Jessica Corey’s proposal was given preliminary approval with one Planning Board member looking further into the ADA exemption issue.

Chris and DJ Long of Allison Oil on Upper Main Street proposed purchasing a new self-containment Oil Storage Tank for their home heating oil company. They already have approval from the DEC and the DEP. They have some urgency as it requires certain crane equipment to deliver and install the tank before the weather moves further towards Winter. Their Special Use permit was approved pending a Public Hearing on November 12, and a 239 Review by the DelCo Planning Board.

Eric Ball of R. Braun Surveyors presented a minor Boundary Line Adjustment for a property located on the Tremperskill Road. It will convey a sliver of land (0.19 acres) from a plot owned by Mary and Donald Noheji to be attached to the edge of Mark Zilberman and Mami Sugimura’s plot of land. The sliver of land will allow for the placement of a leach field. Proposal was approved pending a Public Hearing on November 13 and a 239 County review.~