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Oneonta business owners file lawsuit against city over loft complex

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A group of business owners in Oneonta filed a lawsuit Friday in Otsego County Supreme Court alleging that the city of Oneonta, its planning commission and other parties wrongfully approved the Lofts on Dietz Street project.

Posted: Dec 6, 2019 2:49 PM
Updated: Dec 6, 2019 3:10 PM

ONEONTA, N.Y. – A group of business owners in Oneonta filed a lawsuit Friday in Otsego County Supreme Court alleging that the city of Oneonta, its planning commission and other parties wrongfully approved the Lofts on Dietz Street project.

The petition claims that the planning commission violated the city’s municipal code and zoning laws by waiving site plan details and off-street parking and 50-foot setback requirements for multi-family residential facilities in the MU-1 district.

The lawsuit alleges that code compliance would have resulted in the loss of more than 200 of the 225 parking spaces in the Dietz Street parking lot. They say losing the spaces will affect their businesses, employees and clients.

The business owners are concerned that not following zoning law requirements establishes a precedent for future development projects that may adversely affect the community.

The city planning commission unanimously approved the site plan at a special meeting on Nov. 6, 2019.

The business owners are represented by Attorney Douglas H. Zamelis of Cooperstown.

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