TUPPER LAKE - A local businessman's project to build a new garage with offices was approved Thursday night.
Mike Vaillancourt, a village police officer, also runs a chimney-cleaning business, Sootbusters, and a tree-removal business, Treebusters. He plans to build a garage with two apartments on top near Barry Street in the village.
"We look forward to getting started," Vaillancourt told the Enterprise after he was granted approval.
This is a rendering of the garage Mike Vaillancourt plans to build near Barry Avenue in Tupper Lake.
He said he plans to start preparing the lot soon and to begin construction after funding comes through, which he expects sometime in September. He said he wants to get the building finished before winter.
Vaillancourt's plan originally included a sawmill at the site, but he said Thursday night that he removed that part several weeks ago.
The Tupper Lake Zoning Board of Appeals held a hearing Thursday night on the issue to grant Vaillancourt a use variance to run his business out of the residential area, which is behind the corner of Hosley Avenue and Stetson Road.
Neighboring property owner John Varden came to the hearing and asked a few questions, mainly about the sawmill and the water district the garage will be in.
Vaillancourt and attorney Kirk Gagnier's answers to the questions, and questions from zoning board members, satisfied the board, so they didn't feel a need to put any conditions on Vaillancourt's variance.
"It's more or less the noise and the view, and he's covered them both," board member Kurt Strader said of the concerns he had about the project.
Vaillancourt said the sawmill and other noisy parts of his operations will be done off site.
Dan Bower said he and fellow board members visited the site earlier that morning.
Gagnier noted that any other uses Vaillancourt might want to add to the property in the future would need local approval first.
The project has all the approvals it needs to move forward after the planning board recommended it to the zoning board, Gagnier said.