Village panels reviewing Blocher Homes site

People Inc., a nonprofit organization, is proposing to renovate and expand the current Blocher Homes building, locacted at 135 Evans Street, to add new apartments.

The proposed two-to-three-story structure would require site plan approval by the village’s Planning and Architectural Review Board, which initially reviewed plans on Aug. 5. The board did not take action on the site plan, deciding to resume review of the proposal during it’s meeting on Monday, Oct. 7.

Additionally, People Inc. has requested a series of zoning variances to be reviewed by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals. The ZBA during its meeting on Aug. 7 decided not to take action on the variance requests and will be reviewing it on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The Village Board of Trustees is stressing to the public that the project is only being reviewed for denial or approval by the village’s ZBA and Planning Board.

“While the Blocher Homes project is in the village boundaries, the mayor and trustees have no influence or decision-making ability as it pertains to the project,” said Mayor Deb Rogers. “These decisions lie within the parameters of the village’s Planing Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.”