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Carthage Planning Board sets public hearing on Braman property subdivision


CARTHAGE — With a public hearing now set, the redevelopment of a former manufacturing site into affordable housing is closer to fruition.

The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 6 at the village offices, 120 S. Mechanic St.

John F. McHugh from the Carthage Industrial Development Corp. came before the village Planning Board on Feb. 6 to present plans to subdivide the CIDC-owned former Braman Manufacturing Co. property into six lots.

The 3.75-acre parcel on Alexandria Street was rezoned to R-3 last year to facilitate use of the lots by Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat works with low-income homeowner candidates to build houses with no-interest mortgages or innovative financing methods. The mission of the local organization, founded in 1994, is to “eliminate poverty housing in the Thousand Islands area” and to help move people from inadequate or unsafe conditions.

Habitat uses a volunteer workforce to aid families in building “a simple, decent home.”

Anyone interested in partnering with Habitat for a home on the property or in volunteering can call 785-0308 or visit the website at

The plan — developed by Aubertine and Currier Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors PLLC, Watertown — includes six building lots with water/sewer hookups, light poles, gas and electric lines for each parcel and an access road. The village of Carthage has agreed to install the infrastructure.

The Planning Board agreed to be the lead agency in the State Environmental Quality Review process for the proposed subdivision from the CIDC and the affiliated Braman Development LLC.

During the February meeting, the Planning Board also heard from Joseph C. Lawler concerning a business proposal to convert his State Street T-shirt/advertising banner business into a liquor store. As it is already in a business district, the board gave its approval as long as the business follows code and meets the state Liquor Authority regulations.

A question did arise concerning the store’s proximity to St. James Catholic Church and Augustinian Academy; according to state liquor laws, liquor stores cannot be within 200 feet of a school or place of religious worship.

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