Planning board proposes restaurant ban in portion of downtown Skaneateles

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The Village of Skaneateles is serving neighbors the opportunity to weigh in on banning restaurants from a certain portion of downtown.

A virtual boundary has been drawn next to the Blue Water Grill and down the block. That corridor has homes across the street and plenty of commercial space but the planning board is suggesting a law to prevent restaurants from taking over any vacant buildings in the future.

The worry is that restaurants, in that particular area, will create noise and smells that the neighbors won’t take kindly to.

The mayor, Marty Hubbard, says no complaints have been lodged yet, but they believe this is a quality of life issue and not one that suggests the village doesn’t want growth.

“I think that Skaneateles certainly supports restaurants. We have plenty of restaurants, and we have plenty of area left in the downtown district in our commercial C corridor where restaurants, in fact, would be approved, and I think it’s fair to say that the village very much supports restaurants. It’s just this particular area has residents,” Hubbard explained.

The planning board and village have left the public comment period open until May 24th.
 

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