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Amsterdam planners OK Main Street apartments, OTB move

John Purcell/Recorder staff Joseph Tesiero, managing member of Cranesville Properties, talks to Amsterdam Planning Commission members Thursday about redevelopment plans across two buildings spanning 24 to 32 Main St.

John Purcell/Recorder staff

Joseph Tesiero, managing member of Cranesville Properties, talks to Amsterdam Planning Commission members Thursday about redevelopment plans across two buildings spanning 24 to 32 Main St.

By JOHN PURCELL

Recorder News Staff

Eight high-end apartments received initial approvals to be built in downtown Amsterdam, along with the local Off Track Betting seeking to leave the Riverfront Center.

Amsterdam Planning Commission members Thursday evening unanimously granted Cranesville Properties’ applications for site plan approvals and a special use permits for eight apartments evenly across 24-26 Main St. and 30-32 Main St., with the residential units located on the second and third floors of each building.

City planning commission members Thursday also approved Cranesville Properties’ application for site plan approval to operate an OTB on the first floor of 24-26 Main St., which is where the former Topaz restaurant was located. A small portion on the western side of the building’s first floor is envisioned to serve as office space.

Joseph Tesiero, managing member of Cranesville Properties, discussed site plans and proposed usages across the two properties with planning commission members.

Tesiero said he is seeking a tenant for the first floor of 30-32 Main St., which formerly housed the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. He said a restaurateur is hoped to be attracted to the site.

“We’re in talks with people for a restaurant at the present time, but I didn’t have drawings,” Tesiero said.

Each of the apartments across the two Main Street buildings will be about 1,000 square feet and likely have a monthly rent around $1,000, which could include some utilities, according to Tesiero.

OTB would leave its location in the Riverfront Center, which is also owned Cranesville Properties, to move to the new Main Street location, according to Tesiero. He said after the first floor at 24-26 Main St. divided to provide room for a roughly 375-square-foot office space, OTB would likely become 28 Main St.

The Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors in October had selected Cranesville Properties to redevelop the two buildings spanning 24 to 32 East Main St. In January, AIDA was awarded $500,000 through the fourth round of the Restore New York Communities Initiative to help Cranesville Properties fund redevelopment of the buildings.

In other news, the city planning commission also approved:

• Mohamed Hafez’s application for site plan approval and a special use permit to operate a mosque at 141 Guy Park Ave. The site plan approval had conditions, which included to paint and patch the exterior to make it “aesthetically pleasing” within a year and to properly strip required parking spaces before operating as a mosque.

• Jay Brundage’s application for site plan approval and special use permit to operate a meeting hall and prayer center at 123 Market St. Brundage said his location would serve as a place for all churches to get together and meet up. Commission members discussed concerns about the parking available on site, but Brundage said he owns several nearby properties with available parking if needed.

• Isaiah Strong’s application for site plan approval and a special use permit to operate a youth and community center at 123 ½ Market St. Strong, of 316 Youth and Community Center, is renting the property from Brundage. Commission members did not expect issues with parking, because youth clientele was expected to be the majority of attendees.

• Miguel Sanchez’s application for a special use permit to operate a pest control business as a home occupation at 370 Division St. There would not be hazardous materials stored at the property. A neighbor submitted a statement in approval of the special use permit.