Common council upholds decision on boarding house

by Andrew Henderson

The Fulton Common Council voted Tuesday night to uphold a Fulton Planning Commission decision to deny the conversion of a single-family home into a seven-room boarding house.

In March, Robert Bloom submitted an application for site-plan approval to convert the property, located at 236 Oneida St., into a rooming house.

After reviewing the proposal, the Fulton Planning Commission denied the request April 9, stating that the property does not meet the required parking guidelines outlined in the city’s zoning ordinance. The property currently has room for four cars.

The Oswego County Department of Planning and Community Development was involved with Bloom’s site-plan application because the property is located within 500 feet of a state highway.

The county recommended approving the application with modifications, including the required parking space.

“The department notes its concern the site may not be large enough to provide the required number of spaces,” wrote David Turner, director of the Oswego County Department of Planning and Community Development, in a letter to the Fulton Planning Commission.

Attorney Sal Lanza, who is representing Bloom, told members of the common council Tuesday that those who will rent rooms at the boarding house will not have cars.

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