ZBA Pt. 1

We had the hearing Thursday morning. We did not get a yes, but we also did not get a no. The logistics of only have 4 of 7 board members created a challenge. We will be implementing a few light redesigns, as well as meeting with preservation and pursuing their approval. We expect to be back before the ZBA in April or May. I’d like to thank all of the concerned neighbors who care enough about Corn Hill to have come out.


I’ve recently heard that some people have tried to use the contact form here, but I haven’t actually received anything. If there’s anything you’d like to contact me about, please don’t hesitate to reach me at denkman (at) gmail dot com.

Also, a gentle reminder that we’ll be at zoning tomorrow at 11:30am. Come out. It will be fun.


So I never did post the actual floor plans for the house. They were a little in flux all summer, so many apologies.

house first floor

We’ve gone with one monolithic room on the first floor with living to the front and kitchen to the rear. Along the south side of the house is an entry mud room (we call it the airlock), and is a feature we’ve wanted desperately since I had one at 15 Atkinson. Past the mudroom is a small ‘foyer,’ a powder room, the stairs up to the rest of the house, and the stairs down to the basement apartment. The design also allows for a future connection between the main house and the basement through a door in the kitchen if we ever wanted to combine them.

house second floor

The second floor reserves the entire west half of the house for a large master suite. The middle of the house is given to the stairs, a laundry room, and a second full bathroom. The front of the house is split into two bedrooms. One, likely the south, will end up as an office. The plans for the other are in flux. As we plan to use the studio above the garage as a guest house, we don’t really need it to be a bedroom, although it seems likely that it will at least start as one.

house attic

Finally we have some attic space to use as flex. For anyone who knows me, I am currently planning on putting in shelves/tables to have toy displays up there.

This layout is surprisingly close to what we have in Colorado right now. It really is a pretty efficient setup that also offers a great deal of flexibility for utilizing the space. One final heads up – I should be posting a rendering of the house later this week (likely to coincide with the coming Rochester Subway post), so keep your eyes peeled.


Luca with Signs

EDIT: We are 8th on the zoning agenda, which means we go on at 11:30 AM on 10/22. Would love to see you there.

This is it folks! We’re doing this. The agenda(s) aren’t yet posted on the city website, but we’ll be spending the evening of Thursday, October 22nd with the Zoning Board of Appeals and Wednesday, November 4th with the Preservation Board. Anyone reading this is cordially invited to join, whether you support our project or not (not that I have to invite you – it’s public, but I’d love to see a good turn out for what I selfishly/biased-ly consider a really special project in the city). As the week goes on, I’ll post about the variances we’re requesting as well as some images of the house and the final floor plans for the house portion, which I’ve not posted previously.

Also, big thanks for Luca (in the photo), who helped to get the signs up for the forthcoming hearings. Great work team!