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After 20 years, even more waiting to see the last development plan of the Le Cornu site

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The public may be forced to wait until May to see Adelaide City Council’s plan for the former Le Cornu site in northern Adelaide.

Councilors and staff met behind closed doors last night to receive an update from their chosen developer for the 88 O’Connell Street site, which has been vacant for more than 20 years.

The board is currently in a non-binding agreement with the developer – believed to be Adelaide-based Commercial and General – and the two parties have signed a nondisclosure agreement that prevents information from being released to the public.

Ahead of last night’s discussion, the board’s associate director of property, Tom McCready, said confidentiality was required because elected members would be presented with “important information” relating to intellectual property.

He said the last date the council could release the plans to the public would be May 23, but the council “intends to wrap things up much sooner than that.”

“This date is linked to a commitment by the state government,” he said.

“It depends on what state government information the elected members are aware of. “

The council agreed to buy the old Le Cornu site for $ 34 million in 2017 after 20 years of vacancy.

The sale, which Daily revealed was up to $ 14 million above the professionally appraised value of the site, was helped by a state government grant of $ 10 million.

A spokesman for Planning Minister Stephan Knoll said there was “nothing to stop the Council from making its plans public unless it has an agreement with the developer not to. To do”.

The spokesperson said that when the state government signed its funding agreement, it asked city council to meet certain criteria before May 23 to receive the $ 10 million funding.

“They have to meet these requirements by May 23, which they are supposed to be on track to do.”

McCready clarified to Daily in a press release this afternoon: “The state government’s financial commitment to the redevelopment of 88 O’Connell Street has a requirement (under the funding agreement) to progress with a development agreement executed.”

“Council is confident to meet the requirements of the funding agreement and to advance this exciting opportunity to revitalize such an important entry site in the city,” he said.

Regional Councilor Anne Moran and North Ward Councilor Phil Martin objected to holding the council meeting behind closed doors last night, saying the discussion was in the public interest.

They also criticized the planned public release date of the plan as “too late”.

“We decided this a long time ago and it’s really embarrassing not being able to say anything to the people who actually own the land and are paying for the development,” Moran said.

“We’re not talking about spies or spyware or anything like that.

“We’re talking about state-owned land, we’re talking to the lucky developer who got our green light – or majority.

“What are they going to tell us that Joe Blow’s taxpayer doesn’t deserve to hear? “

Advisors Phil Martin and Anne Moran. Photo: Tony Lewis / InDaily

Martin added that there was “enough speculation in the media” about the developer chosen by the board to warrant open discussion.

But the head of board governance, Rudi Deco, said the information published in the media was “totally irrelevant.”

“You can come to discuss everything in public, but there will be consequences for that and these consequences will ultimately be unfavorable to the community which will be really affected in the pocket, which is taxpayers’ money,” he said. he declares.

The advertiser reported in November that the board had chosen Commercial and General as its preferred developer following a global expression of interest process, but the board declined to confirm the report.

At last night’s meeting, board growth director Ian Hill denied that board staff had disclosed the developer’s name to the media.

“It’s a small town (and) obviously speculation is speculation, but from our point of view we have not disclosed any information about the promoters of this project and have no intention of doing so. until we come to a development agreement, “he said.

Daily later spotted what were supposed to be sales and general staff entering Town Hall ahead of last night’s confidential session.

Furniture retailer Le Cornu owned the O’Connell Street block for 134 years before it was sold in 1989.

Real estate mogul Con Makris last offered to develop a $ 200 million apartment, retail and hotel complex on the site in 2014, but that proposal – like many before it – fell through. .

Last year, SA Best MLC Frank Pangallo asked the state government to buy the Le Cornu site from city council to speed up what he described as a long development process.

The council plans to begin construction on the site next year.

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Ladue City Council Approves Site Development Plan for Former Schneithorst Restaurant | Local company

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The familiar exterior of the German themed restaurant which faced Lindbergh Boulevard on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Schneithorst Restaurant and Bar where customers could look at the various items available at an online auction at the closed restaurant. Photo by JB Forbes, [email protected]

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By Mary Shapiro Post-dispatch special

LADIE – The former Schneithorst restaurant on South Lindbergh Boulevard and Clayton Road is said to be renovated for commercial and office uses under a plan approved by city officials on Tuesday.

Schneithorst Development Co. wants to renovate the two-story building and add 7,400 feet of retail space to the old restaurant, which closed in December after having been in operation since 1956.

Allen Roehrig, of Mainline Group Architecture Inc., represented the developer at a public hearing on Tuesday. He said the second-story patio would be closed to become additional retail space, adding a new two-story section to the north end of the restaurant building.

The building footprint will be increased by 2,006 square feet.

There is a proposal to build a new second story on a one story section adjacent to the loading dock, and additional small sections would be added to connect the new areas to existing ones, he said.

Further renovations will take place in the main and lower levels of the structure, he said, although much of the building’s existing shopping area remains the same.

Council Approves Bluegrass Apartments Site Development Plan – Shelby County Reporter

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By EMILY SPARACINO / Editor-in-chief

MONTEVALLO – A real estate developer got the approval he needed from Montevallo City Council on February 10 to begin construction of a new apartment complex on a property at the southwest corner of Overland Road and Shoshone Drive.

Following a public hearing, council approved by 4 votes to 2 the site development plan of developer Paul Widman for Bluegrass Apartments, a 46-unit multi-family complex.

In November, council approved Widman’s request, on behalf of owner Brenda Zigarelli, for a special district modified for the property in November.

The Planning and Zoning Board reviewed and recommended approval of the site’s development plan in January, according to Shelby County Development Services Department Sharman Brooks. With a building permit in place, city council approval was required for construction to begin.

Brooks said the plan meets all the requirements of the city’s zoning ordinance and has the approval of the city’s engineer.

As for density, the three-16-unit construction plan will bring the development to its maximum capacity, Brooks said.

Councilors Rusty Nix and Arthur Herbert voted against the site’s development plan.

Herbert said the potential impact of the development on nearby property values ​​was his main concern.

The Bluegrass development since last year has been the subject of numerous comments and questions from residents, many of whom have voiced concerns about property values, increased traffic and drainage issues. water in the area.

Widman said the idea that the complex would cause nearby property values ​​to decrease was “extremely subjective.”

Council did not approve an application by Chris Reebals, on behalf of property owner Montevallo Cottages LLC, to change the zoning district from Special District R-2 to Special District R-4 for the construction of a multi-family housing community. off Alabama 25 near Shelby County 19 (Enon Road).

The proposed community would include units designed for “rent” townhouses.

Brooks said the Planning and Zoning Board reviewed the request and recommended that it not be approved due to the increase in density inconsistent with the surrounding area and the overall plan.

The Montevallo Cottages affair died for lack of motion.

The council considered but did not act on a request from Ammersee Lakes developer Tom Bagley to split the cost of repaving roads in the first and second sector of the subdivision this year to allow construction of the third sector. .