Public Hearing March 15, 2017, Francesco's, 29 John Street
A Special Meeting was held by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon during the work session on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. On the motion of Trustee Adams, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, the meeting opened at 4:07 p.m.
On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Davida and unanimously carried, it was
RESOLVED to accept the Audited Financial Statements beginning June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, as prepared by Skinnon and Faber, CPA’s P.C.
On the motion of Trustee Davida, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 4:57 pm.
PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD IN THE UPSTAIRS CONFERENCE ROOM
153 WEST MAIN STREET, BABYLON, NEW YORK ON WEDNESDAY,
March 15, 2017
Mayor Ralph Scordino
Trustee Kevin Muldowney
Trustee Debbie Basile
Trustee Tony Davida
Trustee Mary Adams
Attorney Joel Sikowitz
Meeting opened at 7:00 p.m.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Trustee Muldowney.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon will hold a Public Hearing at 153 West Main Street, on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as can be heard to consider the application of Frank Genovas, to make changes to the existing Francesco’s Restaurant at 29 John Street.
Copy of application and plans may be examined at the office of the Village Clerk, between the hours of 10am and 4pm Monday through Friday.
All interested persons should appear at the above time and place and they will be given the opportunity to be heard. All applicants and their duly appointed representatives must appear in person at the above hearing.
Property: [Section 007 / Block 02 / Lot 082.004]
29 John Street
Babylon, NY 11702
Applicant: Frank Genovas
29 John Street
Babylon, NY 11702
Mr. Genovas approached the Board to explain the differences in the renovations actually made to his restaurant, from those renovations approved by the Board in 2015, after the fire.
According to Mr. Genovas, the restaurant is approximately 33% larger since the fire renovation. Food is served until 11:00pm, and customers usually leave by midnight / 1:00a.m. He claims to have had a singer perform approximately four times in the past year, with ten to fifteen people dancing afterward until Midnight / 12:30am. He would like to continue to have singers approximately once a month, but no dancing.
Mr. Genovas requested permission for valet parking. He believes this would alleviate the difficult parking situation for all the businesses using the parking lot, particularly between the hours of 5:00pm and 8:00pm. [In an effort to reserve more spaces for customers of the shopping center, Mr. Genovas’ employess do not park in his lot.]
The Board expressed many concerns, the most urgent being that Mr. Genovas still needs to file the required Underwriters Certificate; the Building Department cannot issue the Certificate of Occupancy until this has been completed. The Board also addressed the fact that total occupancy of 99 people or more, including staff, requires a sprinkler system. Mr. Genovas was urged to provide the required documents to the Building Department and to contact the Building Inspector regarding the fire hazard concerns.
The Board clearly stated that they will not permit Valet parking as Mr. Genovas presented it; there are no provisions in Village Code for valet parking unless it is self-contained. The Board offered suggestions to improve the parking for businesses sharing the lot.
The quality of life issues for the residents of Whaler’s Cove was also addressed; the time restrictions on the open windows must be adhered to, as well as not permitting customers to park in the Whaler’s Cove lot.
The Board instructed Mr. Genovas to immediately contact the Building Department and Building Inspector to address the most pressing issues before any further consideration would be given to this application.
The meeting was opened to the public; no one addressed the Board.
On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, it was
RESOLVED to reserve decision.
Meeting adjourned 7:41 p.m.