Gloversville council takes no action on proposed law

GLOVERSVILLE – The public had a chance to speak recently during a public hearing on a proposed local law limiting the number of units in new multiple-family dwellings in residential areas in the city.

The Common Council took no action Monday when passage of the local law – to amend the City Code – was on the agenda.

City Attorney Anthony Casale told the council it couldn’t pass the law Monday because it needed to be reviewed by the city Planning Board and the Fulton County Planning Board.

Former Councilwoman Jean Chain of 40 Temple St. was the only speaker at the hearing. She said the city may be acting too quickly by preventing new housing from being built in the city.

“There’s a lack of quality housing in Gloversville,” Chain said.

A nine-month moratorium on new multiple-family dwellings being built in residential districts expired in June.

City officials said rather than extend the moratorium, they are considering the law to provide a more permanent solution.

“The Common Council believes that it is in the best interests of the city for new multiple-family dwellings to have no more than four dwelling units for buildings within [residential areas],” the proposed law says.

The moratorium prohibited new multiple-family dwellings in residential districts, but the city still can allow new apartments on the second or third floors of businesses in the downtown area.

Mayor Dayton King previously said city residents have told him they don’t want more projects like the new 48-unit Overlook Ridge Apartments recently built by Kinderhook Development near the Northern Terrace and Lee Avenue neighborhood.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected].

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