UTICA, N.Y. -- Utica's zoning board of appeals made a controversial decision Tuesday night. They unanimously approved a use variance allowing the rehabilitation of the old Davis Motel on Herkimer Road in a residential district.
The new owners of the property plan to build more than a dozen efficiency apartments and a handful of motel rooms. The same application was brought to the board back in May, but was denied. The applicants applied for a re-hearing.
Residents opposed to the plan say the opening of this business is going to change the character of the neighborhood.
Some concerned citizens were more vocal than others. Among them, Doug Joslin, the Democratic candidate for the Utica common council's 6th ward. After speaking out of turn on numerous occasions, the zoning board's president asked him to leave. When Joslin refused, Utica police were called to assist. He was escorted out of the meeting, but was allowed to return when he promised to behave.