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April 2021

Site plan approval delayed for townhouse development in Brighton

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April 30, 2021

By Jon King / [email protected]

A public hearing has been delayed over a plan to demolish an abandoned school in Brighton and replace it with a townhouse development.

On Monday, the City of Brighton Planning Commission was due to consider a site plan approval for the project which would be called West Village of Brighton. It would also rezone the 10.5-acre property from R-1, or single-family residential, to a planned unit development, or PUD. SR Jacobson Development Corp. of Bingham Farms wants to build 140 townhouses on the site of the former Lindbom School at 1010 State St., between N. 6th and N. 7th streets.

However, Michael Caruso, Brighton’s community development manager, told WHMI that the developer had yet to receive the results of an extensive traffic survey of the area from an independent engineering firm. It was therefore decided to postpone the public hearing and the review until the study was completed. has received. In fact, Caruso says Monday’s meeting will be canceled because the only other item on the agenda, a request to expand the site plan for The Canopy Lounge on St. Paul Street will also be moved to an order of the future day.

Receiving site plan approval would be a necessary step towards a deal to purchase the plot on the northwest side of town. The municipal council will also have to give its consent. Once completed, the developer plans to demolish the old school building in September and then begin construction immediately.

West Village of Brighton is just the latest plan for the site since the school closed in 2010. A company owned by Fenton area developer Pat Battaglia bought the school for $1.45million to schools in the Brighton area in 2015 with a proposal to open a charter school at the building, but the BAS board was reluctant to sponsor the school. Battaglia then proposed a senior housing complex and later senior housing and an assisted living facility for the site, but funding for both projects failed.

Robertson Bros. of Bloomfield Hills had also proposed single-family homes on the land, but abandoned those plans due to underground trichlorethylene contamination caused by a former manufacturing site near N. Fifth Street.

SR Jacobson Development says they plan to fix this by not including basements in townhouses so they don’t approach the contamination zone 14 feet below ground. In addition, they will be connected to the city’s water supply, avoiding groundwater problems while vapor barriers will be installed to prevent air contamination.

Duke Energy Selects Carroll County For Site Development Program | News

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CARROLL COUNTY – Carroll County has been selected as one of four communities in the state for an economy-boosting site development program.

The program, operated by Duke Energy, works with local economic development organizations to identify potential properties for industrial development and / or redevelopment opportunities.

The Carroll County Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with Camden / Flora Rail Corridor Commission and the City of Camden, has submitted the JNT Farms plot in Camden for Duke Energy’s 2021 Site Preparation Program.

“This is exactly how teamwork pays off,” said Jake Adams, executive director of Carroll County Economic Development Corp. “Most people see an industry taking hold and don’t realize all the collaboration that goes into it. We are delighted to have a rail serviced asset to market for potential projects. “

JNT Farms is a 90 acre site along East 450 North, just northeast of Camden. It is currently used for agriculture.

The others chosen were a 175 acre site in Charlestown, a 46.5 acre parcel in Poseyville, and a 150 acre site in West Lafayette.

“Economic development is a team sport,” said Erin Schneider, Indiana economic development manager for Duke Energy. “Thus, we work closely over the long term with our local and regional economic development partners to help bring lasting economic improvements for each community. “

A nationally recognized site selection company, Site Selection Group (SSG), will assess and make specific recommendations to further develop sites to attract business. In addition to concept drawings for the four sites, Banning Engineering of Plainfield will review and present its recommendations for sites located in Carroll and Posey counties.

At the end of the program, SSG and Banning will present their findings for each site – including concept drawings – to local economic development officials.

Once each site’s readiness progresses, Duke Energy’s business development team will strategically market these sites nationwide to companies looking to expand or relocate their operations.

Ideal properties for Duke Energy’s site preparation program are typically 40 acres or more, serviced by the utility, or a vacant industrial building of at least 20,000 square feet identified to support renewed industrial growth and development. sustainable in a community.

Cape Carteret council OKs site plan for new gas station along Highway 24 | News

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CAPE CARTERET — A new gas station is coming to town, thanks to the action of the Cape Carteret Board of Commissioners Monday night.

At its monthly session, at City Hall and on GoToMeeting, the council approved the commercial site plan for a Lowes Foods gas station and food kiosk at the intersection of Highway 24 and Enterprise Avenue, which leads south into the Carteret Crossing Mall and the Lowes Foods Grocery Anchor.

The vote was 4 to 1, with Commissioner Steve Martin being the sole opposition. He said it was one of the best business plans he’s seen in terms of detail and compliance with city ordinances, but he didn’t like the location.

“I just think it needs to be pushed back into the mall,” Mr Martin said. “That’s just my opinion.”

The commissioner said he believes a gas station right at the busy intersection — Anita Forte Drive is across the freeway — could cause vehicles to pile up on Highway 24, blocking potentially traffic.

Mr. Martin said he would rather see traffic slow inside the mall than on the freeway at the traffic light.

The planning council recommended approval of the site plan earlier this month, although a few members questioned the potential for stormwater runoff.

Commissioner Mike King said Monday he doesn’t think it will have a significant impact since stormwater is already flowing under the freeway from the Marine Federal Credit Union parking lot into the man-made wetlands created by the NC Coastal. Federation in front of the Cape Carter Baptist and Presbyterian churches on the south side of the highway.

The site of the new service station is already fully paved.

The federation’s runoff system has been in disrepair since Hurricane Florence submerged it in 2018, but the North Carolina Department of Transportation is expected to accept bids for a repair project soon.

Mr King, who voted to approve the site plan on Monday, said he wished ‘something else could go’ but noted the use was permitted under the district’s existing classification zoning B-20 (shopping center) and that the city had no choice but to approve it since it met the requirements.

The site is that of the former Marine Federal Credit Union building, which will be razed.

“It’s really no different from Starbucks, which we just OK,” Mr. King said.

Starbucks will replace the neighboring former PNC Bank building, which has already been razed and is on the same side of the freeway as the planned gas station.

The plan for the Lowes Foods gas station was submitted by The Isaacs Group, a Charlotte-based civil engineering firm, and shows three parking spaces, including an accessible space. City Manager Zach Steffey told the meeting it was one more parking space than is required, in total, under the ordinance.

The board meeting held a public comment period on the plan, but no one spoke.

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email [email protected]; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

Board to vote on site plan for 3-story storage building

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A city council will vote on a site plan, which is the next step for construction of a new three-story storage building along South Rutgers Avenue near Walmart.

Watch the live stream of the Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. at The meeting will take place with the participation of the Planning Commissioners electronically by videoconference or audioconference.

The city council voted to rezone the site, so developer RealtyLink could construct a storage building. The building is expected to include three floors of personal storage lockers with a design that resembles some of the stores at the nearby Main Street Oak Ridge mall, which is also land owned by Greenville, South Carolina-based RealtyLink.

Now, the Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission will vote to approve, deny, or approve with comments the site plan, which shows the layout of the storage building and its surroundings. The building as planned would total 106,950 square feet.

A feature that will accompany the storage building in the site plan is a sidewalk and crosswalk connecting the Woodland neighborhood to the Main Street Oak Ridge Mall. The city’s senior communications specialist, Lauren Gray, said it would specifically be a connection between the existing sidewalks in front of Burkes Outlet‚ inside the mall and the existing public sidewalk on the east side, from the side of apartments, from South Rutgers. Curb ramps would be included at crosswalks.

Oak Ridge Community Development Director Wayne Blasius, left, and Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission Chairman H. Stephen Whitson discuss the next steps for the development of Main Street in Oak Ridge.

Other items

The Planning Commission is also due to vote tonight on a site plan for 18 one- to three-bedroom apartments at 689 Emory Valley Road. Like the site plan for the storage unit, this site plan will also include a new sidewalk for the public to use, in this case along Emory Valley Road.

Other items on the agenda include whether to allow more homes than originally planned in an area of ​​The Preserve, a subdivision west of Oak Ridge.

How to comment

The Municipal Building Hearing Room will not be open to members of the public to attend the Planning Commission meeting in person. Citizens who wish to speak on a particular agenda item at the business meeting may register with their name, address, telephone number and email address by sending an email to commdev before noon today, April 15.

In the e-mail, citizens must specify which point of the agenda they wish to speak about. A link to the meeting, along with login information, will be provided to each registered citizen prior to the meeting. Written public comments regarding agenda items, which are received by the Community Development Department by noon on the day of the regular business meeting, will be provided to the Planning Committee for consideration. Contact the Department of Community Development at (865) 425-3531 or visit for more information.

Ben Pounds is a reporter for The Oak Ridger. Call him at (865) 441-2317 and follow him on Twitter @Bpoundsjournal.

Landmarks Planning Commission Approves Site Plan and Rezoning for Village of Jackson Creek | The gallery

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MONUMENT • After months of discussions and two appearances before the Monument Planning Commission and Board of Directors, The Village at Jackson Creek received approval last week for its preliminary site plan and rezoning.

Trustees voted to approve the preliminary plan for the planned development site and rezoning of the village at Jackson Creek on April 5 at City Hall.

After being denied approval by the planning commission in January, the developer was brought before the board after amending the plan to allay concerns raised by the planning commission. The council voted to send the plan back to the commission at that time for further review of the revisions.

Jackson Creek Village is described as a live, work and play community to be built west of Jackson Creek Parkway, across from Jackson Creek Senior Living, east of Interstate 25 and north of Landmark Marketplace. The concept for the development includes improved roads and streetscapes, community gathering space, a library, Class A multi-family and seniors housing, restaurants, retail and employment.

In March, the Planning Commission approved the site plan and rezoning with conditions regarding its 35-foot setback from Jackson Creek Pkwy and building height limits for the development approaching the boardwalk.

Town developer Debbie Flynn recapped the project and its history to monument councils since January and outlined the terms under which the planning commission approved the site plan and rezoning. Brett Bhenke of Creekside Developers returned to the board to re-present the project and address the terms.

Bhenke noted that Jackson Creek Parkway is classified as a major sewer, and for Regency Park zoning code, the setback from a major sewer should be 20 feet. This is the case of the Monument Marketplace and the rezoning of land to the north along the promenade. Instead of building heights, the plan has already adjusted its maximum building height from the 90ft limit to 50, also similar to developments and rezoning around it.

“Why is there a different standard imposed on The Village at Jackson Creek?” said Bhenke. “Imposing a different standard on this project could put us at a disadvantage compared to these other sites.

“I don’t think we have a clear reasoning from the planning commission as to why they felt this particular case required separate guidance.”

Administrator Mitch LaKind asked if the terms set by the planning commission were legally binding. Flynn replied that these were recommendations to the board, but that the board was not bound by the conditions set.

“I would be right to say that these terms are more restrictive than what our code allows,” City Manager Mike Foreman said.

Mayor Don Wilson said the situation could be part of the learning curve for a newly appointed planning commission. He said the commission needs to understand that it can propose policy changes to the city’s board and staff. “We can look at that, but you can’t force it on an individual builder or an individual developer,” he said.

The preliminary site plan and rezoning for the Village of Jackson Creek was approved without council opposition or public input.

In other cases, administrators heard an order to approve the final course for the Monument Industrial Park. Development is planned west of I-25, east of Old Denver Road, and north of Baptist Road, and is within the permitted use of Regency Park zoning.

The Monument Industrial Park is planned on nearly 13.4 acres, of which 9.6 are for a warehouse distribution center and the remainder would include a retention pond. The planning commission had approved the final dish by voting 7-0.

Andrea Barlow of NES Inc. was on hand to talk about the development and noted that the build height of the warehouse would be 40 feet, more or less. The board approved the order 6-0, with trustee Jim Romanello marked as an abstainer due to a connectivity issue on the virtual platform.

Foreman also informed the board that there had been a leadership change within the planning department and that planning director Larry Manning was no longer with the city of Monument. A replacement has not been announced.

Wheeling Planning Commission Approves Site Plan for Marsh Wheeling Lofts | News, Sports, Jobs

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Photo of Eric Ayres Thomas Simons, left, senior vice president of Woda Cooper Companies, and Charles Garvick, president of Chadan Engineering, address members of the Wheeling Planning Commission on Monday.

WHEELING – Officials at the Marsh Wheeling Lofts offered by the Woda Cooper companies believe there is a healthy market for residential living in downtown Wheeling that is not at risk of being “oversaturated” by the abundance of projects moving forward .

Thomas Simons, senior vice president of the Woda Cooper Companies, and Charles Garvick, president of Chadan Engineering, appeared before the Wheeling Planning Commission on Monday evening for a site plan review for the Marsh Wheeling Lofts project.

The Woda project aims to build a new four-storey, 46-unit apartment complex on vacant land in block 900 of Main Street.

Planning Commissioner William Schwarz asked if developers are concerned that downtown Wheeling will be ‘saturated’ with residential properties, given that the Historic Wheeling-Pitt Lofts project is also advancing, promising to create 128 new ones. apartments only two. city ​​blocks.

“Do you think we ended up with too many vacant apartments in the city center? Schwarz asked.

“That’s a great question,” Simons said. “Obviously on the lending side we had to do a full market research analysis of the community we’re in. It’s the market rate – it’s not housing for workers like LaBelle Greene. With our waiting list at Boury Lofts, we don’t think there will be a problem, even with the Wheeling-Pitt building if this ends. We are very excited about these units.

The Woda Cooper Companies have spearheaded several successful housing projects in the city in recent years, including the award-winning Boury Lofts property and Stone Center Lofts downtown, as well as several phases of the LaBelle Greene worker housing complexes in South Wheeling and in Providence. Greene Seniors Apartments in North Wheeling.

Simons said they believe there is a strong market for downtown residential living in the friendly city, and Woda is working to fill that void with new apartments.

Planning Committee members inquired about parking for the Marsh Wheeling Lofts, as only five parking spaces were provided for in the plans. Wheeling’s director of construction and planning, Tom Connelly, said downtown residential and commercial buildings do not have to provide off-street parking as they do in other areas of the city. city ​​where zoning requirements differ.

“There is no parking requirement in the downtown area,” Connelly said, noting that parking garages and other public parking areas are available.

“We have an agreement with the town of Wheeling,” said Simons. “We will be renting 40 to 41 parking spaces in the parking garage on 10th Street. We have an agreement to enter into a 10 year lease with four additional extensions over the years for parking in the garage. We are at least 30 years old.

Planning Commission Vice Chairman Jeremy West asked the developers if core samples were taken to verify that the foundations are suitable for this development, noting that there appears to be some settlement on the surface terrain. where the lofts are to be built.

“I never remember a building there,” West said. “As far as I know, it has always been a parking lot. This lot, especially at the entrance, is really starting to flow.

Simons said he did two phases of soil sampling.

“We’ve done the geotechnical report for that already, and there’s backfilling in various places there,” Garvick added. “It’s not deep – maybe two to four feet in some areas – but that will all be sorted out during the construction phase.”

If all goes according to plan, the project is expected to start in July this year and end in September 2022.

Planning Commissioner Jeff Mauck noted that the loft site is located at a busy intersection that will become even busier in the future as work on Interstate 70 continues and the Wheeling Downtown Streetscape Project kicks off. Some commissioners expressed concerns about the availability of a staging area for construction materials and equipment.

“Why did you all choose the name Marsh Wheeling Lofts,” asked Dave Palmer, Wheeling City Councilor and member of the Planning Commission, saying he found it somewhat confusing since the building to the north of the site is there. old Marsh Wheeling Stogie building with the iconic sign still on top.

“We looked at this building years ago,” Simons said, noting that the Woda Group was interested in a rehabilitation project similar to their Boury Lofts development, but that plan did not materialize for a variety of reasons. “We’re not sure the building will still be there. We wanted to make sure that at least the name will be there. It’s just a historical name.

Palmer noted that if anyone wanted to develop the Marsh Wheeling Stogies building, they might be upset that the name had already been taken by a nearby apartment complex.

Nevertheless, the review of the site plan was unanimously approved. Attending an in-person meeting for the first time since last fall, Planning Commission members joked that they almost forgot how to vote electronically in the city council chamber after meeting via Zoom during so many months because of the pandemic.

“I think it will be an improvement to the gateway to our city, especially coming off the bridge,” Mauck said of the Marsh Wheeling Lofts project. “It will dress her very well. Hopefully this will be an inspiration to others in the area who already have businesses and buildings they own. “

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Westwood View Elementary sitemap gets final approval – this is what it will look like

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On Thursday evening, Westwood City Council unanimously approved a site plan for the new Westwood View Elementary building, a project related to the $ 264 million bond issue recently approved by Shawnee Mission.

Shawnee Mission will build a new school at 4935 Belinder Avenue, the former site of the Entercom radio tower that the district purchased in 2016.

Westwood Mayor David Waters said the city’s strong identification with elementary school means the new building is not just about ensuring children have the best possible education, but is about the future of the Westwood community.

“It’s a community affair,” Waters said. “This is not a piece of property, it really is the heart and soul of our community – and the future of our community in many ways.”

Site map details

Crews have already started demolishing the old radio station, and construction of the new school building is expected to start in the summer of 2021.

The district expects it to be completed by December 2022, when students at Rushton Elementary School will move into the current Westwood View building about a block from the old Entercom site while their school is in operation. rebuilt.

The gymnasium in the new building, in the center, will be able to withstand winds of 250 miles per hour. There will also be several outdoor spaces for students and staff, including the cafeteria patio on the right. Image via Shawnee Mission Papers.

Here are some details of the Westwood view Sitemap, as stated by the district architects at the meeting:

  • Several creative outdoor spaces including three outdoor classrooms and a patio next to the cafeteria for lunchtime visitors.
  • The parking lot, which is on the edge of Belinder Avenue, will be about three feet lower than Belinder. It is an effort to be a conscious neighbor and block surrounding residents from the light and noise that will be coming from the school.
  • Westwood View will accommodate approximately 550 students, nearly double the capacity of the current building.
  • Two soft play areas (like a grass play area with fall protection) and a hard play area that will likely be asphalt.
  • A field that can accommodate soccer and other sports and activities.
  • The gymnasium will be designed to withstand winds of 250 miles per hour and will also have an area where students and staff can retreat in the event of a tornado or other extreme weather conditions.
Westwood View Entrance
The entrance to the new school would face Belinder Avenue. Above, a rendering of the interior of the entrance. Image via Shawnee Mission Papers.

Residents’ concerns about traffic

Two residents, Jan Kyle and Jennifer Merrill, expressed concern about the additional traffic an elementary school would bring on Belinder Avenue.

Kyle said that while she and her husband voted in favor of the bond measure that the new Westwood View was a part of, they don’t think it’s owned by the old Entercom site.

They argued that he should have gone to Rainbow Boulevard on the former site of Westwood Christian Church.

Likewise, Merrill said she saw traffic increase on Belinder when a car is parked on the street – which she said residents do frequently as most of the driveways to homes in the area are the width of ‘one car.

As Rushton students make their way to the current school building in 2023, Merrill said she was concerned about the impact of traffic from two elementary schools on the community of Westwood.

“I’m very, very concerned about the foresight of what this will create in our little community,” Merrill said. “I’m all for school, as I said before. I am less than happy to have the parking lot and all the round trip traffic flow to Belinder.

Board member Jeff Harris said a traffic study had been conducted on the site and concluded that there would be no issues with the placement of Westwood View.

While there are likely to be changes with the new location, Harris said the pandemic has proven humans can adapt – and he has confidence in city staff to stay adaptable as challenges arise in the city. during this process.

Other council members shared similar sentiments, including council member Jason Hannaman who said that while he was upset he and the city could not please all residents, the same concerns would arise in any other place.

The city council unanimously approved the site plan, on the condition that an analysis of the mandates at 49th Terrace and Belinder Avenue be carried out on the first fall of the school’s opening.

The analysis will determine whether additional measures such as a crosswalk for child safety need to be implemented at the intersection.

Greenville planners skeptical of West End Community Center site plan

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A Charlotte-based developer is proposing a mixed-use project on the West End Community Center site in downtown Greenville, but the city’s planning staff aren’t fully sold yet.

Closer pedestrian access, taller interior buildings and separate exterior buildings were among planning director Jay Graham’s recommendations during an informal review Thursday at the city’s Design Review Board.

Following:Greenville’s West End Community Center could be replaced by a new $70 million development

The proposed development would include 250 apartments, a parking garage and approximately 15,000 square feet of retail space on the 3.1-acre site near Fluor Field.

The buildings, arranged in five-story structures, would comply with C-4 zoning, which allows different types of buildings such as offices, retail and residences and imposes no height limit.

SunCap is offering to share the 560-space parking lot with the city for public use, Lee said.

Designers took inspiration from historic precedence in downtown Greenville buildings while adding a contemporary feel structurally and contemporary signage, said designer Victoria Pike. The project would also potentially have space for public murals, she said.

An aerial rendering of the proposed development at 1015 S. Main Street.  The project would contain four elements of living, commercial, parking and amenity space.

Aside from the community center, most of the property is parking. Land ownership is shared between the historic Allen Temple AME Church, which owns the community center and 2.66 acres of the site, and Centennial American Properties, which owns approximately half an acre of the parking lot.

Allen Temple pastor Reverend James Speed ​​did not return phone calls Wednesday or Thursday.

SunCap is launching its project just as the city has begun to assess growth in the West End. On March 23, planners launched a planning process – the West End Small Area Plan – which will “develop a vision for future development and growth in the area and identify supporting architecture and site design elements” . according to the city’s website.

This rendering shows the various building types being constructed in the West End area, including the current zoning for the 1015 S. Main Street project.

The planning department is holding several public meetings this spring to seek input from business owners and West End residents, with further meetings scheduled for the summer as the city council and planning commission consider the draft plan.

As the city considers what the West End might look like in the future, developments like 1015 South Main Street could impact the plan for the small area and vice versa, council member Dorothy Dowe said.

All of this could affect the look and feel of the West End “when it grows up”, in the words of urban designer Rob Robinson.

SunCap developers think way beyond their property at 1015 South Main Street. They hope to help bring more pedestrians to Main Street and bolster existing retail businesses, Senior Vice President David Lee said.

They are also offering street improvements on Markley Street, hiring local civil engineers SeamonWhiteside, the company that worked on street improvements for a nearby entertainment district in the works.

Some, like council member Russell Stall, have compared the proposed project to The Greene – a luxury apartment complex that replaced one of the oldest churches in the West EndPendleton Street Baptist Church, in 2016.

While Stall commends the city’s planning commission and design review board, he would like the city council to take a more active role in reviewing these projects, he said.

“It’s a good example of a project that I would like to see the city council get involved in. But it’s not just this project. It’s the next one and the one after that,” Stall said.

Macon Atkinson is the city watch reporter for The Greenville News. It is fueled by strong coffee, long runs and good sunsets. Follow her on Twitter @maconatkinson. Subscribe to news by visiting