MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Mount Kisco's Planning Board unanimously approved Tuesday the Mount Kisco Coach Diner's proposed expansion.
The resolution to approve the final site plan was passed "roughly as drafted with comments from me, from (village) staff members and planning board members," said village attorney Whitney Singleton, who participated in Tuesday's meeting.
This was the last of village approvals needed before beginning construction on the project at 252 E. Main Street. Tuesday's vote marked the end of years of application reviews by the Planning Board, the village's Architectural Review Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Building Department, among other offices.
"So they're basically good to go," Singleton said. Over the several years since diner proprietors introduced the expansion proposal, "they made some significant and positive changes to the plan," he said.
The expanded space, owned by Frank Georgiou, will include an additional 1,250 square feet, increasing the dining area as well as the kitchen. The plan also ups the number of parking spots from 49 to 62 and combines the diner's existing land with the abutting lot, former site of Paul's Power, a move that helps address spill-over parking.
In January 2010, the Village Board of Trustees rezoned the Paul's Power site to match the diner's zoning parameters. In fall 2012, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved an area variance, and the Architectural Review Board OK'd the final aesthetic redesign, which includes a new facade made of stone and stucco, columns and a front porch.
"They can begin construction once they receive a permit for a new curb cut onto the state highway. That is the only item that is outstanding," Singleton said. Going through the New York State Department of Transportation for that particular permit is one of the diner's few remaining administrative tasks before getting a building permit from the village.
The application was also approved on the condition that the proprietors raise the height of the privacy fence surrounding the diner so as to address potential aesthetic complaints from neighbors to the west of the site.
According to the resolution passed Tuesday night, the owners shall increase the diner's current 18-inch stone wall, which has a 6-foot vinyl privacy fence, up to a 3-foot stone wall with an 8-foot vinyl fence. This adjustment must be approved by the village engineer before a building permit can be issued.
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