Knapp & Schlappi plan rental store

John Christensen The Chronicle-Express
A new rental center is planned for the site of the old millwork shop at Knapp & Schlappi Lumber on Lake Street in Penn Yan. Construction is expected to begin in the fall.

Knapp & Schlappi Lumber, of 273 Lake Street, represented by partners Danny Knapp and Nick Olney, appeared at the Yates County Planning Board Thursday, April 27 for a Site Plan Review, for a new 6,400 sq. ft. building 500 ft. from the N.Y. State right of way on Rte. 54 in Penn Yan.

Knapp & Schlappi’s plan is to demolish the existing 5,770 sq. ft. building south of the main store to erect a new building to house a new rental center as well as the millwork shop and office space. 

Knapp and Olney state the old shop has structural problems, and the new building will suit their needs for the growing retail rental market. To be built in the same style and with the same materials as the main store, the new building will extend closer to Lake St./Rte. 54, but will be farther from Mace St. than the old shop. Olney says it will also be a more aesthetically pleasing for the guests of the now completed Hampton Inn across Mace Street.

Since the plan had already been approved by Yates County Soil & Water, the request was granted unanimously and without condition. The project was approved by the Penn Yan Planning Board Monday, May 1.

Knapp says they plan to begin demolition in mid-September, after the busy summer season is over, and hope to complete the project by the new year.

Other YCPB    applications:

• Town of Benton applicant, Stephen Weaver, 3216 Rte 364, request for a Special Use Permit, to operate a kennel in an existing building with a maximum of 15 adult dogs was unanimously denied after he failed to appear to answer the board’s questions for the second time.

• Town of Torrey. Applicant, Abtex, 89 Main Street, request for an Area Variance, to replace existing sign with a new 10” X 9” sign was approved with one dissenting vote.