10-unit, 2-story plan considered for Koza’s site

A smaller plan for the former Koza’s Bar site will come before the Zoning Board next month, the fourth proposal in six years for the West Scott Avenue site (map).

West Scott Ave.Former Koza's siteThe Zoning Board actually opened the hearing at its meeting last night but will carry the application to its Oct. 20 meeting. Attorney John Denoia made the request after explaining that one property owner was sent a certified letter but he wasn’t entirely certain that it was received because they did not a receive a receipt. He will confirm that any remaining property owners will have been noticed prior to the October meeting.

In an interview after Monday’s meeting, DeNoia said the latest application for the property will propose a 10-unit, two-story building but no commercial space. The application seeks a use D variance and a bulk C variance.

The Zoning Board in January rejected by a 7-2 vote a proposal for 12 rental units in a three-story building, that included ground-floor commercial space. The previous application would have required a variance for height.

File photo (2007)

In October 2008, the Zoning Board actually approved a plan for nine for-sale condominiums in a two-story building but that proposal never materialized. In December 2007, the board rejected a concept plan for 12 two-bedroom units spread over two floors.

The approximately three-quarter acre property is located in a B-1 zone, which permits 10 units per acre but does not allow first-floor apartments. It’s surrounded by an R-2 zone (single-family homes) along with some commercial operations nearby, including a car wash and service station and a hair salon with apartments above it.

The property was acquired for $500,000 in October 2008, according to property records, and with an assessment of $218,100, property taxes were about $13,200 last year.