During the Board of Trustees Work Session on Monday, November 14, 2005, a consensus was reached by the board to amend Local Law No. 4 of 2004, which prohibited uses of drive-through windows for commercial establishments in the recently established gateway overlay districts within the Village.
Approval, though not yet official, until the board votes on a forthcoming resolution, is a crucial first step in planning for Ronnie Napolitani, owner of Nappy Auto Collision & Repair Inc., located at 379 South Riverside Avenue (map), as he considers construction of a new free standing building on the property. Mr. Napolitani envisions a structure suitable for both a Washington Mutual bank and retail on the ground level with residential apartments above.
The amended Local Law No. 4 of 2004 will re-define the types of drive-through windows that will be allowed in the Village gateway districts, and as in this case, to include a bank automatic teller machine (ATM).
Further, the Village Board of Trustees is expected, by resolution, to determine that any drive-through application of a commercial establishment should be considered a drive-through window as prohibited in the Gateway Law. In addition, the Village Board of Trustees will determine that any drive-through application of any kind must be decided by the Zoning Board of Appeals through its power to grant or deny a variance as defined in Section 230-160 of the Village Code.