Housing decked at tavern site

The Zoning Board of Adjustment last month rejected an application to build two bi-level duplexes on the site of Decker’s Tavern, at the corner of Jaques and East Inman avenues. The liquor license was sold earlier this year.

The three-bedroom, 1,800-square-foot homes would have been too intense for the site, officials said.
Two single-family homes would have fit the 10,000-square-foot lot, since the the single-family zone (R-2) requires 5,000 square feet per lot, City Planner Lenore Slothower said at Tuesday night’s Planning Board meeting.

The Zoning Board has rejected two applications within the last month that would have replaced an “shot-and-an-beer” tavern with housing. At its meeting in December, the board rejected 12 units on the site of Koza’s Bar on West Scott Avenue. In both cases, board members felt the proposals were too much for the sites.