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LeRay, N.Y., Self-Storage Developers Battle With Town Over Setbacks

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Decisions regarding two self-storage facilities in LeRay, N.Y., have been made by the local planning board. Last week, the board reached a compromise in a setback dispute with one storage-facility developer, but told the developer of another facility that he will not be allowed to display his rental trucks along Route 11.
The board offered Walter VanTassel a compromise on setbacks for his proposed three-story self-storage and truck-rental facility. Originally, 25-foot setbacks were required, and the issue created a long-running legal dispute between VanTassel and the town. In negotiation, the setbacks were changed to 20 feet on the eastern property line and 12.5 feet on the southern property line.
In a separate dispute, facility developer Gaetano Javarone was told he cannot display his rental trucks along the highway because of a 150-foot setback requirement. Javarone, who wishes to build a self-storage, truck-rental and auto-service facility, argued that the requirement should apply only to buildings and not to other aspects of the business.
Javarone is currently displaying trucks along the freeway to advertise an existing truck-rental business in another location. He received a temporary variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals to so, but the planning board unanimously voted that continued display will not be allowed in the setback area.
Source: Watertown Daily Times, Decisions reached on two LeRay storage facilities

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