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The development of the Gordon House site in the face of opposition

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A city committee voted against a rezoning request to allow the construction of a condominium on the former site of a historic house.

The plan called for the construction of a four-storey condo at 514 Wellington Crescent, on the site of the former Gordon House.

This structure was built in 1909 and demolished in November 2020. At the time, neighborhood residents and heritage groups opposed the demolition.

The new 24,000-square-foot structure that the developers plan to replace it with would include eight units and underground parking.

Planning, real estate and development staff have recommended approval of the zoning change, but the proposal faces opposition due to building height, tree removal and related issues. to parking and access to the driveway.

A Heritage Conservation District (HCD) application for the neighborhood is also pending. If approved, new requirements could be placed on the development to ensure that the character and appearance of the neighborhood is maintained.

A public hearing on the development before the downtown community committee brought together the property owner, area residents and heritage advocates.

The committee rejected the zoning change request as it stands. The motion will now be considered by council.

Bruce County EMS Headquarters Plan in Port Elgin Gets Site Plan Approval

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Bruce County has approved a site plan for a new nine-bay Emergency Medical Services (EMS) headquarters to be constructed adjacent to the Bruce County Public Library building at the corner of Concession 10 and from MacKenzie Road. in Port Elgin.

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Saugeen Shores Town Planning Supervisor Jay Pausner told councilor meeting via Zoom on January 10 that approval of the site plan is contingent on a minor exemption request from Bruce County which will be heard on January 17. the Zoning By-law of the Town of Saugeen Shores. The county wants to increase the width of the lane from 10 meters to 18.5 meters and build three lanes that would not be permitted without a minor exemption.

Com. Dave Myette said the proposed EMS building is a “beautiful looking” development that will add to the first responder center in the area and possibly foster relationships with the nearby Saugeen Shores Police Department.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau said that not only will the new facility be located in Saugeen Shores, but it will also become the headquarters of Bruce County EMS.

“It is a really positive development for the Town of Saugeen Shores to have our Bruce County EMS senior management now located in Saugeen Shores…” said Charbonneau, adding that in addition to the employment benefits, this also makes Saugeen Shores “a bit of a hub” for EMS services in the region.

Last year, as plans for the new EMS HQ were underway, Bruce County Council accepted a recommendation from its Paramedic Services Committee to extend the two-year lease for its current building in the Green Street in Port Elgin. According to EMS staff, the 33-year-old rodent-infected building is overcrowded and unable to handle the length of the new ambulances.

The Bruce County website states that the Bruce County Paramedic Service employs approximately 100 full-time and part-time paramedics and operates a fleet of 15 vehicles – 12 ambulances and three supervision units stationed in six communities in County of Bruce – Walkerton, Chesley, Kincardine, Port Elgin, Wiarton and Tobermory – who are deployed when and where needed.

This vacant site, owned by Bruce County, at the southwest corner of Concession 10 and MacKenzie Road. in Port Elgin, will house the proposed Bruce County EMS headquarters, valued at $ 4 million. [Town of Saugeen Shores]

Rivian site plan unveiled reveals unprecedented size for historic development near Rutledge | News

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The long-awaited site plan for Rivian Automotive’s new multibillion-dollar electric car manufacturing plant in Stanton Springs North was released this week.

Rivian’s new site plan paints a startling picture of the unprecedented scale of the massive factory when fully constructed, spanning 2,000 acres in Morgan and Walton counties.

“We’ve never seen anything like it here,” said Shane Short, Walton County economic development director.

The expansive green pastures of former Verner family and Bowden family farmland in Rutledge will soon be covered with concrete, becoming the hub of industrial development heading into downtown Rutledge.

“A lot of Rivian’s buildings will be built on former Verner family farmland and Bowden family farmland,” Short said. “This will help preserve some of the green space and wetlands closer to I-20 and US Highway 278. The plant will be approximately three miles from the town of Rutledge.”

According to the recently released sitemap, approximately 13 million square feet of the Rivian plant will be built in Morgan County. The total project requires up to 20 million square feet of construction space.

Rivian’s new plant could be up to 20 times the size of Takeda’s pharmaceutical plant in Stanton Springs, which spans 1 million square feet. Even the Kia plant in West Point, Georgia is just 2.2 million square feet.

For a visual comparison, 20 million square feet of construction space represents 347 football fields. It would be three times the size of Disneyland and four times the size of Vatican City.

In addition to manufacturing warehouses and office buildings, roads, parking lots, access points and stormwater management areas will also be built in Morgan County for the project.

Rivian will invest up to $ 5 billion in the new plant, generate 7,500 jobs and produce 400,000 electric vehicles per year when fully operational. Site plan details were revealed after Morgan County Planning Director Chuck Jarrell filed two Regional Impact Development (DRI) statements with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, as the demands the law to move the project forward.

Jarrell said the Joint Development Authority (JDA) expects to earn $ 100 million in local tax revenue each year through the development of Rivian, which will be split among Morgan, Walton, Newton and Jasper counties, as well as the town of Social Circle.

Jarrell also noted that the development of Rivian will affect 26 landowners who control 43 plots of land in Morgan and Walton counties. Short said each landowner involved voluntarily sold their land to the JDA and no prominent estates were used to acquire land for Rivian development.

The site plan also provides for major road works in and around the Rivian Automotive plant. Jarrell has indicated that a traffic survey will be conducted in the near future to determine all the details.

As of now, the site plan calls for the construction of a new exit off I-20 to Old Mill Road in Rutledge. Other improvements include widening US Highway 278 and connecting Old Mill Road to Highway 278.

Short believes the Rivian plant will provide significant benefits to residents of Morgan County and beyond, and become a force for environmental protection and stewardship.

“In all my years of economic development, this is the greenest company I have ever come across. Their mission is to reduce the carbon footprint of our world, ”said Short. “But we are very excited about the jobs this will bring to the region… Rivian will provide career opportunities and generational benefits to thousands of families.”

Short and members of the JDA held a community meeting at Social Circle Middle School on Tuesday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the new site map and other details of Rivian Automotive’s development. At the time of going to press, details of the meeting were not yet available.

Kitty Hawk Planning Board Reviews Setbacks, Lot Coverage, and Retail Sitemap – The Coastland Times

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At its last meeting in 2021 on December 16, the Kitty Hawk Planning Council reconsidered a proposed zoning change, reduced the setback distance for some commercial lots, changed the definition of lot coverage, and considered a retail business development site map.

Due to the absence of members, an earlier recommendation vote on a proposal to allow multi-family dwellings with a maximum density of 14 housing units per acre as a special use in planned commercial developments (PCD) s ‘is a tie at 2-2. City council sent him back for another review and recommendation ahead of a public hearing scheduled for January 10.

According to Planning and Inspections Director Rob Testerman, PCDs are intended to provide developers with design flexibility and greater land use efficiency. Currently, multi-family dwellings are permitted with a maximum density of 10 dwellings per acre in Districts BC-1 and BC-2.

The requirement with the current demand for at least five contiguous acres with no less than 500 feet of total road frontage on US Highway 158 or NC Highway 12 limits the demand to three areas: Home Depot and part of the Beachwoods Resort development. , the new 7 -11 and Promenade Sports Nautiques.

Commenting in favor of the change, real estate agent Eddie Goodrich explained that there would be no changes to the lot coverage, height requirements or decrease in parking and that the overall intention is to achieve a similar development goal in a different way.

“It’s more like two times 15 is 30 versus three times 10 is 30,” Goodrich suggested. “Same number of people, just a different way of doing it,” adding that units per acre really doesn’t mean much, it just allows smaller units to be allowed in the same box.

During discussion of the request, Testerman stressed that the number of rooms and permitted occupants would be governed by the Department of Health.

At the end of the discussion, the vote of approval failed with only two for and three against.

The next item on the agenda was a request to reduce the setback for commercial lots adjacent to any dedicated open space or recreational area of ​​an adjacent residential development.

Testerman explained that examples of where the change would apply include the commercial lands up to the Sea Scape Golf Course and, since it is a recreation area, the Harbor Bay Playground.

In support of the request, Ralph D. Calfee stated that the number of eligible sites is rather limited and that in these areas the buffer zone of adjacent residential uses is actually larger than expected, creating an unnecessary restriction for these. development of commercial sites.

The motion to approve this request was carried with a 5-0 approval vote.

A change to the definition of land cover was also passed with unanimous support, which will exempt 500 square feet of pool area from land cover calculations.

Currently, lot coverage – a measure of developed land use – includes areas covered by buildings, parking lots, driveways, roads, sidewalks, decks, and any concrete areas. or asphalt.

Testerman explained that in most cases there is a gap of a few inches between the top of the pool water and the adjacent level of the pool deck, allowing the pools to serve as a catch basin for some of the rainwater. And, while the current code could be interpreted to allow it to decree that swimming pools are exempt, incorporating the wording into the city code removes any subjectivity and will ensure consistency going forward.

Testerman also said that for stormwater clearance purposes, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality did not count pool areas in the lot coverage.

Returning to the last item on the night’s agenda, a review of the sitemap of a retail business development drew concerning comments from a few neighboring residents.

The proposed plans provide for the improvement of a vacant lot at 5201 North Croatan Highway between Ambrose Furniture and Outer Banks Furniture. A 7,500 square foot two-story commercial building with a maximum height of 28 feet, both within the permitted height and land coverage requirements, will have access to Byrd Street. There is currently no plan to connect Byrd Street to US 158 and terminals are available to prevent through traffic.

While there have been comments from local residents that the development will cause flooding to their properties, during discussions it was pointed out that the property to be developed does not flood them and in fact collects some of the land. excess water from higher up the street which flows into this property.

Michael W. Strader Jr., director of engineering at Quible and Associates at Kitty Hawk, said he was aware of the flooding issues associated with the development of the property. He went on to say that the property is a bowl, but that there would be no runoff to other properties and some of the landscaping and engineering on the property would actually exceed the standards. state stormwater retention requirements.

At the end of the discussion, it was highlighted that the proposed development plans meet all applicable guidelines and a motion to approve the site plan received a 5-0 vote.

Each of the items on the evening’s agenda will be considered by the municipal council, which is not bound by the votes of the town planning council.

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Site plan of a caravan for the popular seaside resort of Anglesey should be refused

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Plans to set up a caravan site on a working farm near a popular Anglesey seaside resort could be rejected by planners.

A request for a change in agricultural land use to accommodate 10 touring caravans in Bunwerth, Trearddur Bay near Holyhead is to be discussed by the Anglesey Council planning committee next week.

Officers recommend that the proposal be denied.

READ MORE: First images of holiday lodge complex under development next to Conwy pub

In a report to committee members, the proposal was presented by two local councilors for consideration.

Planning Officer Gwen Jones, in her report, states that the application site includes agricultural land within an Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

She adds, “As the existing screens on the site are empty or low in height, the northeast of the site would be most visible in views of a short stretch of the highway.

As the proposal is for white tourists, the local planning authority’s assessment is that the views of the site tend to be intrusive, although not all tourists would be fully visible. It is possible that part of everyone be visible indicating the extent of the proposed development.



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“A landscaping plan was provided with the planning request. The landscaping plan would reinforce the existing screening and it is anticipated in the assessment that it will take 5-10 years to become significantly effective.

She concludes her report by stating: “The proposal is not considered to include high quality development and that it would also be detrimental to the character and appearance of the area which is part of the AONB”.

The Rome subdivision is OK for the sitemap

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A site plan review of a 50-lot first phase of a large residential subdivision of approximately 69 lots off Merrick Road, via Charles Anken Boulevard, known as Delta Luxury Townhomes, LLC, was approved by the Rome Planning Council at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, on condition that the developer agrees to install street lighting in the development in the future.

Steven Buck, owner of Buck Construction of Whitesboro, appeared before the board after members said at the December meeting that the project engineer had not provided evidence, since the November discussions, plans to install sufficient street lighting in the proposed residential subdivision for public safety. .

“Unfortunately, it is not in our budget to install the lighting, but we are committed to putting arrangements in place to facilitate the addition of a lighting district and fixtures to the project,” said Buck.

Last month, the project engineer explained how the site plan now included driving lights on each lot and that it would be “built into” the deed and rental agreements that residents would be required to light. these fires “during the hours of darkness”.

Buck mentioned Tuesday how the costs of building materials continue to rise, making the installation of lighting out of his budget for the project. He said his engineer altered the site drawings to indicate the installation of the lighting district conduit. Buck said he plans to work with National Grid to see if the gas and electric company would allow development to join the company’s “trench” as they dig trenches, but if they don’t. not, “we will provide a trench in the right-of-way of a solid conduit.

Buck and National Grid “are coordinating an effort to have a complete pipeline system where electricity can be supplied at any time in the future,” he said.

The plans continue to include outdoor lighting for installation in the home’s garages, Buck added. He also said the conduit could be tied to his next project to be submitted to town planning council and included on the February agenda, for the addition of 44 single-family lots.

City planner Garret Wyckoff said it was on the recommendation of the city’s Department of Community and Economic Development that the planning council approves the site plan for Delta luxury townhouses given the current escalation. material prices and that city codes do not require street lighting. Wyckoff said it was in the city’s best interest for the project to go ahead as it provides additional housing as the city grapples with a “lack of housing supply.”

Planning council vice-chairman Joseph Calandra said he would like to see the project “go ahead”, but recommended that a motion be made to approve the site plan, provided Buck adds street lighting once it is able to sell the units and make a profit. Then he could use the profits to reinvest in development, including adding lighting, Calandra added.

“Right now he (Buck) has a cash flow problem, but once he’s up and running we can recommend that he install street light – it’s a financial burden for him right now,” said Calandra.

Installing street lighting in the development would cost an additional $ 195,000, city officials said.

President Mark Esposito then asked how the city planning council or city might make the recommendation enforceable in the future.

City Assistant Corporation attorney James S. Rizzo said it would “not be a legal problem” to recommend that lighting be added in the future, because “there is nothing wrong with what the developer comes back for a status report “.

It was later indicated that Buck could give a status update during the licensing process in conjunction with the Planning Council, the Department of Public Works and the city codes office.

A motion to approve the site plan on the condition that Buck add street lighting to the development in the future was passed unanimously.

Also on the program:

• The review of the environmental quality of the site and the review of the site plan for a WellNow 4,375 square foot emergency care facility to be located at 1790, boul. Black River. have been deposited.

Project engineer Kevin Bamann explained that emergency care would be located next to the mall’s new Starbucks cafe. He explained that Caliber Commercial Brokerage, LLC of Rochester is developing the facility, along with Starbucks. The cafe’s sitemap was approved by the board in September for Randy Soggs, owner of Mohawk Acres Plaza.

Bamann said he, on behalf of Caliber Brokerage, was due to appear before the city’s Zoning Appeal Board next month to ask him to “line up” the reverse side of the emergency care building with Starbucks due to the existing water pipe.

As for Caliber taking over the development of WellNow and Starbucks, Bamann said Soggs sold the property to Caliber because the trading firm “made a lot of it (Starbucks) to other cities” and had to experience working with the company.

“From what I understand, WellNow is very responsive and Starbucks not so much,” Bamann said of explaining the sale.

As the board was still awaiting the SEQR review, Esposito proposed that the SEQR and sitemap be tabled, which were approved unanimously.

• A negative statement on a SEQR examination and preliminary plaque examination, requested by Pat Busyczak for a minor subdivision of two lots across from 6327 Lamphear Road, was unanimously approved. It is planned that the owner Busyczak will build a house on the second lot and sell it.

Sterling acquires Petillo, a leading specialist site development company

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THE WOODS, Texas – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NasdaqGS: STRL) (“Sterling” or “the Company”) entered into a share purchase agreement and completed the acquisition of Petillo Incorporated and its related operating entities ( collectively “Petillo”) on December 30, 2021. Petillo is a leading provider of specialty site development solutions in the Northeast and Central Atlantic. Founded in 1994 by owner and CEO Michael Petillo, Petillo has experienced 29% compound revenue growth from 2017 to 2021 through continued expansion of its geographic footprint, customer base and service offerings. Petillo’s revenue and operating income in 2021 is expected to be approximately $ 212 million and $ 29 million, respectively.

“We are delighted to welcome the Petillo team, their culture and their capabilities to our electronics infrastructure solutions industry,” said Joe Cutillo, CEO of Sterling. “Their entrepreneurial spirit of delivering customer-centric solutions, coupled with their geographic footprint, will allow us to serve our major leading e-commerce customers across the East Coast with even more offerings than ever before. . Petillo’s capabilities along with our current Plateau capabilities will not only create one of the largest specialty site development companies in the United States, but will also add broader capabilities and service offerings to both end markets.

The aggregate consideration of $ 195 million paid on the Closing Date (the “Base Purchase Price”) consisted of $ 175 million in cash and 759,447 common shares of Sterling valued at $ 20 million. In addition, under the purchase agreement, if they have met the specified annual operating income growth thresholds and certain other conditions, the sellers are entitled to top-up payments not to exceed $ 20 million over the course of the years. next five years. The Company also entered into a five-year employment contract with Michael Petillo, which provides for five equal annual retention payments totaling $ 15 million.

Effective December 29, 2021, Sterling entered into a third amendment to its credit agreement (the “Amendment”) which, among other provisions, increased the Company’s existing term loans through a new additional term loan of $ 140 million with the same maturity as the existing term. Loans to finance part of the acquisition of Petillo. The amendment was led by BMO Capital Markets Corp, as principal arranger and joint bookrunner, and by BMO Harris Bank NA, as administrative agent. The balance of the base purchase price, as well as the costs associated with the acquisition, were funded from Sterling’s cash balance.

Stifel served as exclusive financial advisor and Jones Walker LLP served as legal counsel to Sterling on this transaction.

Conference call

Sterling management will hold a conference call to discuss this transaction on Thursday, January 6e at 9:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. CT. Interested parties can participate in the call by dialing (201) 493-6744 or (877) 445-9755. Please call ten minutes before the start of the conference call and request the Sterling call. Following the opening remarks from management, there will be a question and answer session. In addition, a slide presentation that will accompany management’s comments will be posted in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website, available at www.strlco.com, where a simultaneous webcast of the Company is available. The call will also be available. If you are unable to listen live, the webcast of the conference call will be archived on the Company’s website for thirty days.

About Sterling

Sterling Construction Company, Inc. operates through a variety of subsidiaries in three segments specializing in heavy civil engineering, specialty services and residential projects in the United States (the “United States”), primarily in the southern United States. United States, Rocky Mountain States, California and Hawaii. , as well as other areas with strategic construction opportunities. Heavy Civil includes infrastructure and rehabilitation projects for highways, roads, bridges, airports, ports, streetcars, water supply systems, sewage and stormwater drainage. Specialty service projects include site development activities, multi-family home foundations, parking structures and other commercial concrete projects. Residential projects include concrete foundations for single family homes. From strategy to operations, we are committed to sustainable development by acting responsibly to protect and improve the quality of life of society. Caring for our employees and communities, customers and investors is The Sterling Way.

Joe Cutillo, CEO, “We build and maintain the infrastructure that allows our economy to run, our people to move, and our country to grow. “

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Caution regarding forward-looking statements

This press release contains statements that are considered to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which may include statements regarding: our projections or expectations regarding synergies and other benefits of the transaction; our business strategy; our financial strategy; our industry outlook; and our plans, goals, expectations, forecasts, outlook and intentions. All of these types of statements, other than the statements of historical fact included in this press release, are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “may”, “will”, “could”, “should”, “expect”, “plan”, “plan”, “have the intention “,” “believe”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential”, “pursue”, “target”, “continue”, the negative of these or other comparable terms. press release are largely based on our expectations, which reflect estimates and assumptions made by our management. These estimates and assumptions reflect our best judgment based on currently known market conditions and other factors. In addition, the assumptions management regarding future events may prove to be inaccurate. Management cautions all readers that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are not guarantees of future performance, and we cannot assure any reader that such statements will materialize or forward-looking events and circumstances will occur. Although we believe these estimates and assumptions are reasonable, they are inherently uncertain and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are beyond our control, including the possibility that the expected benefits of the transaction may not be fully realized. or may take longer to materialize than expected, the possibility that the costs or difficulties of integrating the Petillo business are greater than expected and our ability to hire and retain Petillo employees. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated or implied in forward-looking statements because of these factors as well as other factors included in the “Risk Factors” section in our documents filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and elsewhere in these documents. Other factors or risks that we currently believe are immaterial, that are not currently known to us, or that arise in the future could also cause our actual results to differ materially from our expected results. In light of these uncertainties, investors are cautioned that many of the assumptions on which our forward-looking statements are based are subject to change after the date on which the forward-looking statements are made. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are posted, and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events or developments, changed circumstances or otherwise, notwithstanding any change in our assumptions, changes in business plans, actual experience or other changes. These cautionary statements qualify all forward-looking statements attributable to us or to persons acting on our behalf.

Bryan City Council asks staff to explain site development review process before approving new subdivision rezoning – WTAW

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Image of the Town of Bryan showing the location of the land that was rezoned during the City Council meeting on December 14, 2021.

Bryan City Council’s approval to rezone the land on the northwest side of town is just the first step for developers looking to build 300 new homes.

At the December board meeting, City Manager Kean Register was among the staff who explained the developer’s role in the site’s development review process.

This is after neighboring homeowners expressed concerns about increased traffic and possible flooding.

Deputy Director of Planning and Development Services Martin Zimmerman said the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) will be seeking public comments following the site review process.

Zimmerman says after the staff review, P&Z will hold another public hearing before considering final action.

Developers who want to build homes generally north of the intersection of Sandy Point and Hilton Road plan to build a retention pond and they would be responsible for extending the water and sewer lines.

Click HERE to read and download background information from the Bryan City Council meeting on December 14, 2021.

Click HERE to read and download the ordinance that has been adopted.

Click below for comments from Kean Register and Martin Zimmerman.


‘Cove’ Development on Green Street Narrows in Amended Site Plan Proposal

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WORCESTER – Plans for a large mixed-use development on Green Street in the former club area of ​​Sir Morgan’s Cove have been significantly reduced, according to documents filed with the Planning Council.

Gold Block Real Estate LLC has filed an amended sitemap with the board of directors. The developer planned a 13-storey, 380,580 square foot mixed-use building with 318 residential units, nearly 30,000 square feet of retail or restaurant space, and a 152-space parking garage.

The project overlooks the polar park.

The amended proposal almost halves the original plan; it was reduced to seven floors, 173 residential units, 16,000 square feet of retail space and 99 garage parking spaces.

The developer points out in the amended site plan request that much of the original concept of the “Cove” development remains, including plans for a bowling alley and bicycle parking spaces, but that the revised plan diminishes it. development impact.

The application notes that the remaining buildings on the site, which includes 85, 89, 99 and 103 Green St.; 2, Plymouth Street; 5 and 7 Gold Street; and part of 62 Washington St., will be demolished within the next 60 days. This includes the former Sir Morgan’s Cove club at 89 Green St.

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The project will essentially replace the Green Street block between Plymouth and Gold streets. The modified site plan covers outdoor amenities, including a rooftop gathering space and restaurant terraces on the ground floor.

Gold Block is managed by Harry DiLeo, Thomas Keane and Christopher Archambault. Keane and DiLeo also manage Churchill James.

Four of the properties which are part of the new plan presented to the planning board next week were part of a deal that allowed the city to offload properties it had taken across a prominent estate as part of the Polar Park construction project. The properties at 85 Green St., 2 Plymouth St., 5 Gold St. and 7 Gold St. were ultimately not needed as part of the stadium. The city, through the Worcester Redevelopment Authority, made a deal to sell the properties to Churchill James for $ 3 million – the amount the city paid.

The proceeds from the sale were allocated to an initial reserve fund to repay the bonds for the rough project.

Neighbor of the polar park

Due to its proximity to the baseball stadium, the new project, if approved and built, will be included in the District improvement funding area created to finance the construction of the baseball stadium. The gradual increase in tax revenues generated by private development in the district will be used to cover debt service on bonds sold to finance the construction of the 10,000-seat stadium.

The planning board approved Gold Block’s original site plan proposal in May; At that time, residents and business owners in the area said they were concerned about the size and scale of the 13-story development, saying it could lead to a “walling” effect between the neighborhood and the stadium.

The developers have requested that the planning board review the new site plan at their next available meeting.

Worcester Planning Board approves site plan for redevelopment of the former Boys Club in Lincoln Square

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WORCESTER – The planning council on Wednesday evening approved a site plan for the redevelopment of the old Boys Club building in Lincoln Square.

The unanimous vote clears the way for WinnDevelopment Co. to begin work on the restoration of the downtown historic landmark and the construction of an innovative addition that will be placed on a “podium” above the Johnson Tunnel.

Michael V. O’Brien, former city manager and executive vice president of Winn, said the goal is to start construction by the end of 2022 or early 2023.

John J. Spillane, an attorney representing Winn at the site plan review hearing on Wednesday, said the proposed adaptive reuse of the building would result in 80 residential apartments for the city’s over-55s; 16 apartments will be built in the old Boys Club structure, while 64 apartments – a combination of studios and one and two bedroom units – will be built in the new structure, which will be built next to the old building. on an abandoned section of Rue Prescott. A two-story glass structure will connect the two buildings. The new addition is what makes the project financially viable, he said.

What Winn presented to the planning council on Wednesday was slightly smaller than those responsible for the concept of around 95 units announced earlier this year. But Spillane said the project will retain an affordability component; he said it will be 85% affordable for residents with incomes ranging from 30% of the region’s median income to 60% of the region’s median income. The remaining 15% of the units will be offered at market rates.

O’Brien said he was proud of the project’s partnership with Preservation Worcester, and said the grand old building will be renovated with a sensitivity to historic preservation. He said the public spaces in the old building would be available for community use, and he said Winn would improve and maintain the World War I memorial in front of the building.

WORCESTER - The planning council on Wednesday approved plans to redevelop the former Lincoln Square Boys' Club into senior apartments and to build a new addition on an abandoned section of Prescott Street.

Richard Whitehouse of VHB, an engineer on the project, said the podium construction for the new addition will be based primarily on concrete columns that will straddle the walls of the Johnson Tunnel. The original feature of the city center will remain a city street, but will be narrowed slightly due to protective barriers that will be needed to protect the columns, Whitehouse said.

Stephen S. Rolle, deputy city development director, said the city was delighted that the project was starting to move forward – he said it was an important building in an important location that connects several different areas. He said the addition makes smart use of space that would otherwise be wasted, and he said the new building “doesn’t try to pretend to be the old building – it stands out.”

There were some minor concerns about traffic and the location of sidewalks, but Planning Council members said they were happy to finally see affordable senior housing arrive downtown and see the old building come back to life.

Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay the city $ 100,000 for “air rights” on Prescott Street and the tunnel.

Winn purchased the over 90-year-old, 48,000-square-foot property from the city in 2019 for $ 300,000, and initially planned to lease the building to a school for highly functional autistic students.