A local student landlord is looking to tear down a vacant multi-unit home on Monroe heights and replace it with a larger three story multi-unit rental.
Keith Pace, who owns multiple student rental properties around the SUNY Cortland campus is looking to tear down the home at 4 Monroe Heights and replace it with a larger rental.
The home has been vacant since a fire damaged the building several years ago. At that time, the property was used for student rentals.
According to a review by the County Planning Department, the property currently contains four apartments.
Pace wants to replace the house with a three-story building that would include six apartments.
County planners raised concerns that as proposed, there is not enough parking for the project. The project has 10 parking spaces and city code requires 12. In addition, planners said the driveway for the property would be very tight.
The project was approved unanimously by county planners and now heads back to the City Planning Commission for review.
Pace must obtain multiple variances if the project is to move ahead, including a waiver allowing for a three-story building.