Ogdensburg contractor needs zoning change to move forward with Washington school plans
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:31 pm

By JIMMY LAWTON

OGDENSBURG -- An Ogdensburg contractor hopes to turn Washington School into apartments and offices, but will first need a zoning change approval.

Jeff M. Skelly of JMS Mechanical is proposing a three-phase project that will begin with renovations of the second floor, first floor and parking lot.

On the second floor Skelly plans to create five apartments. Three will be larger and include two bedrooms, while the other two will feature just one bedroom each. All five apartments will be similar in style.

Each will include kitchen areas, dining rooms, living rooms, full bathrooms and half bathrooms. A mechanical room for an electrical panel box and heating ventilation and air conditioning handlers.

According to his plan apartments will feature a washer and dryer, telephone and cable connections and an LED fireplace.

He says the apartments will be designed with noise insolation in mind to allow for privacy among residents and neighboring apartments.

The first floor will include similar apartments with three large and two smaller units. Two of the apartments will also include a deck/ porch area.

On ground floor room will be renovated to be American Disabilities Act compliant, but will be similar to the other 10 proposed rooms.

On the ground floor, Skelly intends to create three rentable commercial office spaces, an ADA compliant apartment, common and lounge areas, equipment storage and boiler/mechanical rooms.

Skelly said the existing gym area will be used as a community and common area for tenants.

His plans also call for cosmetic improvements for the building.

Ogdensburg will host a public hearing Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. regarding Skelly’s requested zoning change. Ogdensburg residents will have a chance to comment on the project, which will then need city council approval to move forward.