Huntington Building conversion hits a snag, as ZBA strikes down special use permit in Seneca Falls

The developer who wanted to construct more than 50 apartments in the former Huntington Building on Fall Street has hit a snag.

Home Leasing Inc. of Rochester had its purchase offer accepted by Peter Koch, who owns the building. It was previously an auto dealership. They had originally wanted to put 55 units in the building, but the Zoning Board of Appeals denied it by a 3-2 margin.

The Historic Preservation Commission voted for it.

A special use permit would be necessary to get the project moving forward.

“We’re happy with what they did approve, but surprised they did not approve the special use permit,” said Bret Garwood, Home Leasing CEO. “The ZBA agreed to allow us to resubmit the application and we will do that as soon as possible, hopefully in June or July.”

“The cost of doing the rehabilitation of this type of building is very high,” Garwood added. “We have to replace all windows and install an elevator, plus hire staff. This is the maximum number of units to make it work.”