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Mount Vernon Zoning Board: Variance OK Through December

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Mount Vernon Zoning Board of Appeals said Tuesday that a variance granted to Cedar Manor, LLC last year is good until Dec. 30, 2012 based on when the paperwork was filed.

Cedar Manor was granted a variance on June 28, 2011 to construct an on-site parking facility for residents of 485 Gramatan Ave., an 85-unit apartment building. The variance originally expired on June 27, 2012 but Attorney Hannah Gross, representing Cedar Manor, argued successfully that a written determination of the variance wasn't filed with the City Clerk' office until Dec. 30, 2011 making the variance still valid.

"My clients wish to proceed with this project so we are making sure the variance is still good," Gross said. "We might wind up with some modified project in the future."

Assistant City Attorney Brian Johnson said that a potential extension of the variance will take place at the Zoning Board of Appeals November meeting. Gross said that building the parking lot will help Cedar Manor keep competitive prices in the housing market.

"The zoning board previously agreed that the neighborhood would need more parking spaces over a buffer from the residential neighborhood," Gross said. “Residential parking has a low impact. People who live in this building have cars and sometimes have to drive around the block multiple times to find a parking space."

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