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August 2021

Planning and Zoning Approve Hilario Site Plan Amendment

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Posted: Aug 30, 2021 12:00 AM

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved an amendment to its approval of a site plan at 135-139 Mt Pleasant Road by Paul Hilario at its meeting on Thursday, August 19.

Land Use Director George Benson said The Newtown Bee on August 24 the revisions changed some of the language to clarify the approval requirements. The revisions came after Hilario appealed for approval because he “didn’t like some of the terms.”

“The revisions give us more clarity on what [Hilario] can store it on the property and where it can store it, ”Benson said. “The rest of the approval remains as is.”

The initial approval was for three buildings, to be constructed in phases, that would be used to store vehicles, including tow vehicles and vehicles in need of repair, for Hilario’s Service Center, Inc. According to the company’s Facebook page. company, it is a car and truck repair facility specializing in heavy vehicle salvage, machinery transportation and towing services.

The property where the three buildings are under construction is adjacent to the Service Center property at 131 Mt Pleasant Road and behind the property that houses Thai Delight at 133 Mt Pleasant Road. The site plan provides for 21 parking spaces for cars, 40 sites for semi-trailers and two sites for trailers.

According to Hilario, the plan is for the towing company to move to the new property and the gas station site to be sold to a new owner and reopened.

“We’re a bit cramped at the gas station,” Hilario said. “It’s going to be a lot better. “

Benson said that with an appeal, the commission tries to resolve issues with the claimant before the appeal reaches court. Benson said it was easier to sort things out in this case because it was about amending an approval rather than rescinding a denial.

“Nobody wins in court,” Benson said. “No one ends up happy.”

Benson said the main concern of the commission was what could be seen from Mt Pleasant Road; the commission did not want broken down vehicles parked near the road. The changes create a “better parking app” and more landscaping to control the parking of vehicles.

The changes to the initial approval of December 3, 2020 are as follows:

The condition which reads as follows: “Outdoor storage of vehicles outside the fleet is prohibited; Is amended to read: “The outdoor storage of vehicles outside the fleet is prohibited, the term” storage “does not include the parking of towed vehicles, vehicles under repair and fleet vehicles. “

The condition which reads: “Removal of all unregistered vehicles and non-fleet vehicles from properties prior to the issuance of any building permits” is deleted.

The condition which reads: “No vehicle storage or vehicle parking outside designated parking spaces” is amended to read: “No vehicle storage or vehicle parking outside designated marked areas. “

The condition which reads as follows: “No outdoor parking for more than three vehicles in the fleet” is deleted.

The following condition is added as a new condition: The area occupied by the proposed front building must be stabilized with grass and cannot be used for parking vehicles until construction begins on this building. “

Benson said that since the proposed front building was not built in the first phase of the project, the commission did not want cars parked in this area, so they requested that this area be grassed and not used for parking.

The original request, a special exemption and site development plan, was to allow the construction of buildings to store trucks and equipment and to carry out repairs.

The motion for initial approval in December 2020 stated that it “is hereby found to be in accordance with the Conservation and Development Plan and the Global Plan, and must be approved with the following conditions: removal of all storage containers on all properties offered unless permission are acquired; interior washing bays must be reserved for vehicles in the vehicle fleet; outdoor storage of vehicles not belonging to the fleet is prohibited; removal of all unregistered vehicles and non-fleet vehicles from properties prior to the issuance of any building permits; removal of all unauthorized lighting and signage on properties prior to the issuance of any building permits; no storage of vehicles or parking of vehicles outside designated marked spaces; no site work can take place without a building permit issued; no outdoor parking for more than three fleet vehicles.

At the December 2020 meeting, P&Z member Dennis Bloom asked what the building’s construction schedule would be ahead of.

Hilario replied, “Honestly, I don’t know. I want to build this center, catch my breath… If I had the money now, I would do both. I just don’t want to get ahead of the current economic climate.

When asked if the front building would be the second building to be built after the one in the center, Hilario replied that he couldn’t answer yes or no. He said he would strongly consider this an option and look at the costs.

Journalist Jim Taylor can be reached at [email protected]

A view of 135-139 Mt Pleasant Road, the future home of the Hilario Service Center. The blue building on the left is at 135, the gravel driveway is at 137, and on the right is 139. —Bee Photos, Taylor

A view from the driveway to 139 Mt Pleasant Road.

Part of the 135 Mt Pleasant Road property stretches behind 133 Mt Pleasant Road, home of Thai Delight Restaurant. The Hilario service center uses the area to store vehicles.

Site map of old DRB approved mall, sign refused | Local news

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BRATTLEBORO – Site plans for Vermont Market Place, the former outlet center at Exit 1, have been approved by the Development Review Board by a 6-0 vote.

Another unanimous vote at the August 18 council hearing requires real estate owner Vermont RE Development LLC to comply with a sign zoning ordinance within one year. Zoning administrator Brian Bannon said the existing sign is too tall, too tall, and cannot be lit inside.

“The property came with the sign which was apparently installed in the 90s,” said Paul Belogour, president of the company. (He also owns Vermont News and Media LLC, a new company that acquired the Reformer in May along with Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal.)

Updates to the sign along Canal Street included removing the Outlet Center’s name and adding a Vermont Market Place logo to it with black paint. The sign could not have been “grandfather” under zoning ordinances if the property had not changed, Bannon said.

With construction underway for the property’s renovations, Bannon suggested letting the sign stay in place for one to two years. Belogour asked for a year, expressing hope to change the city’s zoning to allow for a larger sign.

“I think it helps businesses to be easily found by people who are new to the area,” Belogour said, adding that the sign for the nearby gas station “is visible”. Everything else is not. It will only help local businesses.

The site plan calls for the construction of a new parking area and new sidewalks, as well as improved access, landscaping and lighting. Access between the property and the Burger King parking lot will remain.

Alan Saucier, vice president of Pathways Consulting LLC, said the plan is to meet local zoning requirements on the parking lot by having 190 spaces. Saucier had around 116 to 120 seats at the time of the hearing and said the property must have at least 155 seats.

State stormwater regulations will be followed and project managers are working with the state to repair a ditch to allow drainage for the property, Saucier said.

To meet the city’s requirements, the plan is to have seven electric vehicle stations in the parking lot.

The board’s approval for the site plan included conditions requiring the company to ask Bannon to review and approve any minor changes necessary to meet Vermont Transportation Agency requirements for ‘access, as well as any changes to the location of electric vehicle chargers and landscaping. Long rows of parking spaces shall be separated by additional landscaped islands on the south and east sides, with one islet on the east row and three on the south side.

Belogour thanked the board of directors and the city. After Saucier said town staff were very helpful throughout the licensing process, Bannon called the project “awesome.”

“It’s really exciting to see you doing this,” he said.

Pensana Plc Update: Webinar on Site Development, Funding and Investors

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August 31, 2021

Pensana Plc

(“Pensana“or the”Society“)

Update on Site Development, Funding and Investor Webinar

Pensana Plc is pleased to provide an update to investors following a recent Board of Directors meeting held at Saltend Chemicals Park (“Saltend”) in Humber Freeport, North of England.

Pensana US $ 125 million will be the first large rare earth separation plant to be built in over a decade and the first to be located in a Free port. It will become an important hub in establishing an independent magnetic metal supply chain for the UK and beyond, creating over 100 direct high value-added jobs and over 500 jobs during construction.

Site improvements in progress at Saltend and Longonjo

At the Saltend project in Humber, UK:

  • Front End Engineering Design (FEED) is progressing on schedule and is expected to be completed in October. Subsequently, the EPCM contracts should be awarded.

  • Pensana has entered into a 25-year lease with pxGroup and Associated British Ports (ABP) for the initial nine hectare Saltend site with potential for expansion.

  • Geotechnical drilling and trenching work has started. These will confirm the input data for the completion of the design of the foundations of the buildings and the infrastructure of the processing plant.

  • Wood, the international engineering group, is working with pxGroup to optimize the handling arrangements for reagents and materials from the jetty to the site, as well as the supply of electrical power, water, steam and fuel. play ”.

  • Pensana is also in talks with Free port stakeholders from pxGroup, ABP and KPMG to finalize government submissions to clarify the benefits and incentives applicable to the Free port tax enterprise zone and customs zone for the Saltend Chemicals Park.

To the Longonjo project at Angola:

  • Front End Engineering Design (FEED) is progressing again on schedule and is expected to be completed in October with EPCI contracts awarded thereafter.

  • The Lidar study for the whole site (including the surrounding bulk service infrastructure and the transmission line connecting to the hydroelectric power) is now complete, as well as the hydrological studies of the water supply. and 100-year flood line ratings.

  • A detailed geotechnical study, under the supervision of SRK global specialists, was mobilized. It will confirm the final design of the plant foundations and infrastructure, the tailings storage facility and the pit stability criteria which were based on earlier larger campaigns.

ATF financing

The company’s expression of interest in the UK government’s Automotive Transformation Fund (“ATF”) of up to £ 1bn has been welcomed by the program’s board. The application for a subsidy or other forms of financial support is currently under consideration by the government.

The Company has no indication of the timing of a potential grant, but will notify shareholders as soon as the notice is received.

Bond Financing for Saltend Rare Earth Separation Facility in Humber, UK

Pensana hired ABG Sundal Collier (ABGSC), a leading Nordic investment bank headquartered in Oslo, Norway, advance debt financing.

ABGSC is a leading investment bank in the Nordic market with extensive experience in the Nordic high yield market and extensive expertise in the natural resources sector and debt structuring. The transaction will be supported by ABGSC’s premier credit research team, providing unique investor education and credit history marketing.

With extensive expertise in the natural resources sector, capital markets and experience in debt structuring as well as extensive abilities in negotiating intercreditor terms with government agencies, ABGSC is well positioned to assist in the execution of the proposed bond issue.

The senior debt facilities contemplated in discussion include a senior secured senior facility in an amount of up to US $ 250 million over a period of five years.

ABGSC will begin its detailed due diligence review shortly and will seek to be able to target a bond issue in the fourth quarter of 2021, once FEED and site preparation is complete.

Harvesting and marketing agreements

Discussions have started with a number of potential direct debit partners to secure direct debit and / or marketing agreements to support core funding. To date, non-disclosure agreements have been signed with three interested parties and discussions have been initiated with several others.

Investor webinar

Pensana will host an investor webinar at 8:00 am in the UK on Wednesday September 8th. Investors can register and submit questions prior to the webinar using this link:

President Paul Atherley commented “We continue to work closely with the UK Government’s Automotive Transformation Fund to support the world-class rare earths processing center in Saltend, which will create over 500 jobs during construction and over 100 permanent high-value jobs. once in service.

Saltend will be the first large rare earth separation plant to be developed in over a decade and the first to be located in a Free port. The facility will process raw materials from the company’s Longonjo Project and other sources around the world, producing the magnetic metal oxides essential for supply chains for electric vehicles and offshore wind turbines.

For more information:

Pensana Plc

Paul Atherley, President / Tim George, CEO
[email protected]

About Pensana

The electrification of the driving force is the most important part of the energy transition and one of the greatest energy transitions in history. Magnetic metals are at the heart of the transition and essential for high value-added manufacturing applications such as electric vehicles and offshore wind turbines.

Pensana plans to make Saltend an independent and sustainable supplier of leading magnetic metal oxides in a market currently dominated by China. the US $ 125 million The Saltend facility is designed to produce approximately 12,500 tonnes per year of rare earth oxides, of which 4,500 tonnes will be neodymium and praseodymium (LoPr), representing approximately 5% of the global market in 2025.

The Saltend facility is located in the world-class grounds of Saltend Chemicals, a leading chemical and renewable energy group of companies in the heart of the UK’s energy estuary, and is home to a range of companies including BP Petrochemicals Technology, INEOS, Air Products, Triton Power, Nippon Gohsei and Tricoya.

Pensana’s plug and play installation will create over 500 jobs during construction and over 100 direct jobs once in production. It will be the first major separation facility to be established in over a decade and will become one of only three major producers located outside China.

The initial feedstock will be shipped as clean, high purity mixed rare earth sulfate (MRES) from the company’s longonjo low impact mine in Angola. The surface mine, state-of-the-art concentrator and proprietary MRES processing plant are designed by Wood to the highest international standards. They will be powered by low carbon hydroelectric power and linked to the port of Lobito by the recently modernized Benguela railway line.

Pensana believes that the source of critical rare earth material supply, life cycle analysis, and Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions will all become important factors in the supply chains of companies. Principal clients. The Company intends to offer its customers an independent and sustainable supply of metal oxides and carbonates of increasing importance for a range of central applications in the energy transition, industrial, medical, military and communications sectors.

For many miners around the world looking to access European and US supply chains, it is becoming increasingly clear that the proposed taxation at the EU and UK carbon borders would mean it won’t It is more acceptable for manufacturers to source materials that are extracted or processed in an unsustainable manner. .

Pensana aims to make Saltend an attractive alternative to mining companies that might otherwise be limited to selling their products to China, having designed the installation to easily adapt to a range of rare earth raw materials.

Spring Hill planners discuss extension of developer sitemap timeline

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The Spring Hill Municipal Planning Commission is debating whether to extend its site plan application process for developers by 30 days.

Planning director Calvin Abram said the extension would allow better customer service to applicants, while still giving city staff more time to review site plans before appearing before the planning committee or other government programs.

The subject emerged as an item of discussion during the planning committee’s working session on Monday. It will be presented as a formal voting point during the September / October series of meetings. The topic will then be transferred to BOMA, who will vote on the final approval.

Although the intention was to give city staff, who currently operate without a city engineer, more time to review applications, some planning board members were unsure whether more time was needed.

“Maybe 18 months or two years ago, we already added two weeks to the start of the application,” said Alderman Matt Fitterer. “In general, I have always been sensitive to the length of our process, and I would like it to be as short as possible.”

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City administrator Pam Caskie responded by saying that city staff wished not to unnecessarily prolong the application process for all developments, but there are some cases where more time is needed.

“We’re looking at a variable conversation that says, ‘If you’ve got this, then you need that kind of time,’” Caskie said.

Fitterer said he understood the intent of the proposed change, as well as the relief it would bring to an already small staff.

There was also a period when the deadline for site plan requests was weeks or even days.

Hearing how such a strict deadline was once administered by the city, Caskie in disbelief simply said, “Damn it.”

She also added that there are other aspects of Planning Commission meetings that could be adjusted, much like the new BOMA process that includes elements of voting during the working session – elements of the working session also appearing during voting meetings.

Caskie believes the same can be accomplished by the planning board, especially things like bonds – they don’t require outstanding approval conditions.

City attorney Patrick Carter said he agreed and there may not be a need to submit every item to the working session discussion process and subsequent vote for two weeks. .

“Is there a reason we can’t say, ‘Okay, there are these obligations that are on your agenda. Does anyone have questions or concerns about any of these? “” Carter said.

“And if it’s ‘no’, we move on to the next section.”

Fitterer said his main argument was not to come up with an allowance that would potentially prolong the approval process more than necessary.

“It wasn’t that long ago that we had a three week process,” he said. “Now we have a six-week process. I don’t want to do without a 12-week process.”

Alderman Trent Linville concluded the discussion by asking if the proposal was based on municipal staff shortages or if it was the right policy.

Caskie responded by saying that when she oversaw city administration in Sevierville, the policy was to give candidates a full month for the exam. It was also a much less complicated order to navigate.

Griffindell subdivision site plan refused – clemmonscourier

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Clemmons Council Responds to Senate Proposal on Bill 105

By Jim Buice
For Clemmons courier

A major preliminary subdivision presented for Griffindell, an 18-lot, 9.7-acre single-family development project off Idols Road that was filed in late June after receiving mixed reviews from Clemmons Village Council, has resurfaced at the Monday night meeting but failed to get the votes to continue.

Points of contention for Zoning File C-21-001 included a request by applicant staff to install curbs and gutters as well as provide direct access from the subdivision to Idols Road. At the time, Greg Garrett, an engineer representing the plaintiff, said the addition of an access road to Idols Road was a “break in business” but that he could work with the sidewalk part and gutter of the dead end.

At Monday night’s meeting, he reiterated that he was still unwilling to build a road to Idols Road, but would make sidewalks and gutters.

“I took all of your comments to heart and have worked ever since to try to figure it out,” said Garrett, who has looked at other alternatives, such as building townhouses to help remove stormwater. . “We’ve done everything we can, but we can’t go to Idols Road. “

The final vote to reject the sitemap was 3-2 with board members Scott Binkley and Chris Wrights opposing.

“I understand the concerns that the developer will only have one way in and out,” Wrights said. “The problem I’m having is that we don’t have an ordinance that requires it to have a second route of entry or exit due to the scale of its development. We have approved much larger developments with one entry and one exit. My biggest thing is just to be consistent in our decisions.

City Councilor Michelle Barson said her vote was not entirely based on secondary access, and Mayor John Wait said he had been “inundated with emails” opposed to the project.

On another agenda item, Wes Kimbrell, stormwater engineer, spoke about knowledge of Senate Bill 105 and how it “places restrictions and regulations on local governments and what they are allowed to do and apply against development in the future ”.

“The more people who oppose this, the better it will go. I urge everyone to go and see Senate Bill 105.

Kimbrell said Clemmons “took a significant step forward in our ordinances by becoming one of the state’s strictest stormwater groups for development, and we did so in an effort to protect our citizens.” and that this bill would essentially eliminate the village stormwater program, with the exception of the part on water quality.

“If this bill goes into effect, we’re going to have flooding everywhere,” City Councilor Mary Cameron said, to which Kimbrell agreed.

Mayor John Wait said he was frustrated with the state government systematically trying to dismantle the power of local governments.

“I’m really fed up with the General Assembly thinking they can come and make whatever rules they want and enforce them across the state in every municipality instead of letting the people who actually live there make the decisions.” “, did he declare. “This is completely ridiculous.”

Clemmons has made stormwater a top priority with a long list of capital improvement projects on the books and committing most of the $ 6.6 million in funding from the US bailout fund to fix what has become a growing problem.

At the meeting, it was decided that the village would connect with other local municipalities and discuss developing a joint resolution and that council members Barson and Mike Rogers would head a committee to represent Clemmons in this matter. and other questions.

“I hope our citizens see that our battles aren’t just about developers,” City Councilor Mike Rogers said. “It’s with our own state legislature and even sometimes our own county commissioners.”

In other highlights from Monday night’s meeting, the board:

• During the public comment portion of the meeting, six residents opposed Forsyth County’s proposal to build a 50,000 square foot multi-purpose agricultural events center at Tanglewood Park. The council suggested that residents also make these comments to Forsyth County Commissioners and complete the online survey.

• Order approved 2021-15 Grant Ordinance to replace the Special Revenue Order for US bailout funds. Buffkin said that due to the census, the village will receive total funding of $ 6.6 million (instead of the original projection of $ 6.1 million) and that the first allocation of $ 3.3 million was received last month.

• I heard from Buffkin that the village has a sewer agreement with Parr Investments, but it is still in draft form at the moment. Parr received approval in the spring for a multi-family project, The Lake at Belmont, on Lewisville-Clemmons Road. Buffkin added that the Public Utilities Commission is ready to proceed when Clemmons receives an official check from Parr.

• Discussion with town planner Nasser Rahimzadeh on setting up an ad hoc committee to review parking lot parameters, including landscaping, and review processes for subdivisions, including the idea of ​​developing an ordinance on connectivity.

• Call for a public hearing for a zoning map change for real estate owned by Gateway West Apartments LLC from RS-40 (residential, single-family) to RM-18-S (residential, multi-family – special) at 2070 Lewisville-Clemmons Road of a 5.88 acre property (Zoning Docket C-240). Rahimzadeh said the Planning Council unanimously recommended the denial at last week’s meeting.

• Call for a public hearing for an amendment to the zoning map of real estate owned by 2020 MOJO LLC from PB-S (pedestrian business – special) to PB-S (pedestrian business – special) of a property containing 1,351 acres ( Zoning file C-243). Rahimzadeh said the Planning Council unanimously recommended approval at last week’s meeting.

• Call for a public hearing for an amendment to the zoning map to modify several sections of Chapter C of the Environmental Ordinance of the Unified Development Ordinances in order to strengthen the requirements for stormwater for health, public welfare and safety (Zoning Docket C-UDO-85).

Rahimzadeh said the Planning Council recommended approval by 6 to 1 at last week’s meeting.

• Adopted resolution 2021-R-11 after receiving a voluntary annexation petition to allow the clerk and attorney to work together to investigate the certificate of sufficiency for Mid-Atlantic Commercial Properties LLC’s claim for William Lindsay Vogler Jr. and Robert A Vogler, Milo & White Investments LLC (Cary White), Impulse Energy II LLC (Stanley L. Forester, Director) and Impulse Energy II LLC, covering 35.20 acres. Council will then convene a public hearing at the next meeting.

• I heard from Shannon Ford in the Marketing / Communications report that the Farmers Market continues to have an average of around 300 customers, despite the heat and the late summer vacation, every Saturday morning at the Jerry Long YMCA. In the events to come, another movie night in the village is scheduled for Saturday September 18, when “Night at the Museum” will be presented at the Y at sunset. The Dirty Dozen & Clemmons Bash is scheduled for Saturday September 25 at the Y, with registrations still open. And the Monster Dash & Goblin Hop will take place on Sunday, October 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Village Point Greenway. Ford said she was working on a revamped format for project listings on the village’s website.

• Approved the disposal of old files according to the retention schedule.

• Approval of the unsealing of the closed-door minutes of the board meetings from October 28, 2019 to August 23, 2021

Lox Council Approves Groves Town Center Site Plan

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On Tuesday August 17, Loxahatchee Groves City Council approved site plan changes for the 4.6-acre downtown portion of the 90-acre downtown Groves project, located at the north corner -est of Southern Blvd. and Road B provided that the horse trailer parking lot is moved to another location.

The approval was for the construction of Groves Town Center Drive off Southern Blvd. east of the Aldi grocery store at a roundabout that will have extensions to the east, north and west across the site. The site plan includes stormwater drainage, wastewater and other infrastructure for the entire site.

“As part of this approval, we need to get site plan approval for the downtown site plan, and that’s why we’re here tonight,” said Taylor Parker, engineer in charge of the project. . “We are asking for an equestrian car park which will be fenced. “

The applicant also proposes a network of sidewalks to wrap around the pod to provide connectivity.

“The main lift station is in the north central boundary of the site,” Parker said. “This lifting station will be used for the overall development of the main PUD for the sewer service.”

She also presented a conceptual landscaping plan to be included in the first phase of construction.

City Councilor Phillis Maniglia said the developer-built equestrian trail still presented some dangers. Parker said the owners were working with a landscaper to clean up the trail.

Maniglia also asked about the previously approved equestrian bridge connecting the development to other trails in the city.

“As for the bridge, it is part of the first phase of construction. It has already been designed by a pre-fabricated bridge company and is in the approval process, ”Parker said.

The portion of the sewage lift station that is above ground will be on land 30 feet by 40 feet with a 40 foot long, 7 foot utility easement leading to it. It will serve all users in development.

Mayor Robert Shorr opposed horse parking and a ski lift station in what he understood to be a public meeting space.

“I’m not at all excited about it,” Shorr said. “I look back towards the original center with a large open space [for] public service, and now it’s just been boxed. Who came up with the idea of ​​the horse caravan parking lot? It serves such a narrow range of people, and it’s right in the middle of traffic. “

Parker said the idea came from the developer’s meetings with city advisory boards and staff.

Shorr said he didn’t like the idea of ​​a sewage lift station located in an area intended for outdoor public enjoyment.

Parker said the location of the lift station is ideal for efficient gravity drainage of any buildings it will serve.

“This is the most central location that would provide adequate flow and drop for all individual pod users,” she said.

City manager Jamie Titcomb said the idea for an equestrian parking lot in this area came from the Roads, Equestrian Sports, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee as the equestrian bridge would lead to a start of the trail.

“The layout of the parking lot has been designed,” Titcomb said. “It flowed with the overall engineering of it all. Keep in mind that the city has never seen a lifting station on the central nacelle. This is a new element.

Parker said the developer believes there is a need for an equestrian parking area.

“The reason it was placed there is that the crossing point, which is in the main PUD, is adjacent to this location,” she said. “This is where the entrance is.”

Shorr said he would like to approve the infrastructure plan so as not to delay the project and suggested moving the horse parking lot to another location on the site.

After more discussion, Deputy Mayor Laura Danowski brought forward a motion to approve the site’s infrastructure plan, adding a condition for trailer parking to be moved and brought back to the council at another location, which won 5- 0.

Factors to consider when analyzing the site

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Factors to consider when analyzing the site

Deciding where a building should go is a complex negotiation of visible and invisible, objective and subjective forces. Architects do a site survey to identify and choreograph all of these factors, but what factors are they focusing on? This video is an investigation (pun intended) of what happens to locate a building on the surface of the Earth. From legal requirements such as lot lines and setbacks, to infrastructure issues such as service connection locations and footpaths, to environmental factors such as sunlight and topography, the video explains how architects and contractors position structures. As well as going over the general ground rules, the video also includes some important architectural examples like Casa Malaparte and the OMA Student Center at IIT to inspire unique ways of approaching the subject.

Architecture with Stewart is a YouTube journey exploring the deep and enduring stories of architecture in all their bewildering glory. Weekly videos and occasional live events feature a wide range of topics related to the built environment to increase their general understanding and advocate for their importance in shaping the world we live in.

Stewart Hicks is an architectural design educator who runs studios and lectures as an associate professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also Associate Dean at the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and is the co-founder of the Design With Company practice. His work has won awards such as the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award or the Young Architect’s Forum Award and has been featured in exhibitions such as the Chicago Architecture Biennale and Design Miami, as well as the V&A Museum and the Tate Modern, London. His writings can be found in the co-authored book Misguided Tactics for Propriety Calibration, published with the Graham Foundation, as well as essays in MONU magazine, the AIA Journal Manifest, Log, bracket, and the guest issue of MAS Context on le character architecture theme.

Planners Call for Changes to Healthy Living Campus Site Plan | Top story

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BATAVIA – There will be another site plan change for Rochester Regional Health-United Memorial Medical Center and YMCA Healthy Living Campus ahead of city planning and development committee approval – removal of one entrance and an exit from Summit Street.

Project leaders will return at the next committee meeting, scheduled for September 21. The committee’s recommendation to remove the entrance / exit came on Tuesday after residents of Summit Street shared their concerns during a public hearing on the project.

“Those of us who live here are well aware of the heavy use of the street and understand that good access to and from our hospital is vital for Batavia and the rest of Genesee County,” said resident Richard Beatty. “The same goes for the YMCA. The project itself is just something we absolutely need in the city and I want to see it move forward.

Plans for the $ 30 million Healthy Living Campus – a collaboration between the YMCA and Rochester Regional Health-United Memorial Medical Center – include a new state-of-the-art wellness center, indoor pool, group and a gymnasium with indoor walking / running track, educational kitchen, indoor play area, youth areas, lounge and meeting rooms. The partnership with UMMC will provide primary care, behavioral health services / crisis intervention, integration of telemedicine, cancer prevention services, chronic disease support services and education services , all in the same establishment. The proposed new facility would include a 69,420 square foot two-story building to house the YMCA with medical offices, off-street parking and a new access point from Summit Street. The building would be located at 211 and 213 East Main St., 1-9 Wiard St. and part of 211 1/2 East Main Rear.

Beatty said he was against the Summit Street alley leading to campus.

“Our street has no other commercial lanes … Creating more traffic is not what we need here,” he said. “With the two-house entrance to St. Joseph’s School, another driveway would cause additional traffic and congestion, as well as more noise and more congestion. “

Residents Brian and Joan McCabe submitted a letter which was read by committee chair Duane Preston. They said in the letter that they were concerned about water runoff, lighting, traffic, noise, vehicle emissions and foot traffic.

Project manager David Ciurzynski of Ciurzynski Consulting, LLC said that with the parking lot redesign on Wiard Street, they would add drainage to the property to address some of these issues.

“Our analysis shows that we need to add drainage along Wiard Street… We’ll have to talk to the city about how we’re going to do this.”

Another letter came from resident Ellen Larson, who said runoff from snowmelt water was a threat to basements on both sides. With excessive traffic, vehicles may be backed up at least until 9 or 11 Summit St., waiting for the light to change.

“In addition, we have considerable bicycle and pedestrian traffic coming from many directions,” she wrote.

The planning and development committee asked if access to the Summit Street campus could be postponed for a year or two to see how things go. Ciurzynski said it was of concern to put the alley from Summit Street to campus on the back burner.

“By getting all the traffic out on Washington Avenue, what’s going to happen is people tend to turn right because it’s easy. They’re going to turn right, then turn right onto Summit Street, ”he said. “Now you put the traffic all the way down half of Summit Street, as opposed to that at the end of Summit Street and get everyone out on Main Street as quickly as possible. “

The other recommendation is that developers work with GO ART! concerning the court between GO ART! and the Office of Aging.

Earlier, Leslie Moma, a resident of Summit Street and member of GO ART! Board of Trustees, spoke about efforts to transform the yard into a more social space through a partnership with the Office for the Aging.

“It will allow GO ART! to provide different kinds of educational and social functions in this space, ”she said. “Our intention is to ensure that the parking provided for this space does not interfere with the yard and activities in the yard.

Moma said the board’s plans for using the yard include small concerts, public art receptions, weddings, and other events that can generate money for GO ART!

“If parking is present all the way to the corner of GO ART !, it means that headlights, noise, exhaust fumes, things of that nature that are an integral part of vehicle ownership will interfere with that space of the vehicle. court, ”she said. noted.

“The problem is that there are six spaces close to GO ART! This is where the problem comes in. The cars which circulate there, their lights will shine on all kinds of activities which take place in the courtyard of GO ART! David Beatty, Board Member, said: He asked Ciurzynski if eliminating six of the planned parking spaces on the west side of the new building near GO ART would be a possibility.

“You would keep everything else in your parking lot. You eliminate those six spaces. Your car park is always as it is now. You move further away from the activities of GO ART! by eliminating the six spaces.

Ciurzynski had suggested putting up a fence. Beatty suggested the landscaping would work, without the need for a fence.

“We have designed and redesigned several times. I would really like to stop the bleeding from my design budget, ”he said. “I’d rather spend time and effort developing the landscaping there rather than losing those six spots. We really believe that it is important for the operation of our establishment to have these places available not only for our customers …

Ciurzynski said those responsible for the project contacted GO ART! to try to develop a solution.

“We would like to continue working with them and come up with a plan before we eliminate anything,” he said. He said that creating a stamp would solve the problem of the headlights shining on GO ART! activities in the yard.

Ciurzynski said the parking plan on the west side of the new building provides for 25 spaces, including spaces for people with disabilities or less mobile than others.

“We have a strip of land there that would buffer this area to try to shelter as much light as possible,” he said.

Whole Foods Site Plan Gets PZC Approval in South Windsor | Windsor South

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SOUTH WINDSOR – The Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday approved construction plans for the planned Whole Foods building at Evergreen Walk.

At the regular meeting, committee members unanimously approved the site plan for the 50,000 square foot building, which will replace two existing buildings, the current sites of Old Navy and Sakura Garden, an area of ​​53,000 square feet. The new building will consist of two units: a 40,000 square foot unit for Whole Foods and a 10,000 square foot retail space that will be available for lease.

PZC President Bart Pacekonis said he was somewhat concerned with empty retail space, recalling a similar space attached to the old Highland Market that was not in use.

“I see your group as being more active in finding tenants, and I hope we don’t make the same mistake and have that horror for 10, 15 years,” Pacekonis said.

Karen Johnson, project planner for Charter Realty, the management company of Evergreen Walk, said the company had seen an increase in rental activity since the Whole Foods announcement and was not concerned by the vacancy of the retail space.

“We are confident it will be hired shortly,” Johnson said.

The construction of Whole Foods is part of a larger initiative by Charter Realty to revitalize the property as a shopping destination for South Windsor and surrounding towns. These plans, described in a document released by the company, detail efforts to lease retail locations to various companies, though the document conceals their names.

An undeveloped 5,680 square foot lot by the former Moe’s is to be leased to a “national burger chain” and a “national track and field brand” expects to lease 5,715 square feet of space. Other storefronts have letters of intent for businesses to rent, but details have not been announced.

David Gagnon, a civil engineer at Langan Engineering, said the hope is to have Whole Foods accessible via the sidewalk of Evergreen Crossing, a nearby retirement community, which would also help connect it to the rest of Evergreen Walk.

Stephen Wagner, a member of PZC, said he was excited about the development of Evergreen Walk and satisfied with the way Charter Realty had handled it.

“It’s great to see that there is a long term plan to keep this place going and keeping it alive,” Wagner said.

PZC Alternate Member Megan Powell said that while she was not present throughout the entire application process, the company did a good job with the Whole Foods sitemap, except for minor concerns. .

“I think special care was taken throughout the process,” said Powell.

PZC member Michael LeBlanc said he liked the mural planned for the back of the building, but wanted to make sure it was easy to touch up if needed.

“The only problem is they’re hard to maintain,” LeBlanc said.

Pacekonis said he was also concerned about the upkeep of the mural, as well as what could happen in the distant future.

“I’m also worried that at some point this mural might want to be replaced with advertising,” Pacekonis said.

The commission finally agreed to make the approval of the request conditional on no advertising being able to replace the mural.

Mayor Andrew Paterna said he believes the new Whole Foods will be great for Evergreen Walk and presents plenty of additional development opportunities.

“This shows that South Windsor is still in a great position to attract economic development,” Paterna said.

Georgetown: Houston developer offers 300-unit apartment complex

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Featured Photo: A street view of the proposed site with the portion highlighted showing the area of ​​the proposed apartment development adjacent to SH 195.

Posted: 18-8-2021

by Art Benavidez

Georgetown (Williamson County) –A Houston developer must resubmit a site plan for a 300-unit apartment complex, after the Planning and Zoning Commission found it non-compliant with the development code.

The 16.73 acre property, Alta Berry Creek, is not developed and will be located at 2201 SH 195 in the northern part of the city.

Wood Partners offer an apartment development consisting of 14 multi-family buildings with 45.2% waterproof coverage (7.66 acres).

The unit mix will include 44 efficiency units, 108 one-bedroom units, 108 two-bedroom units and 40 three-bedroom units.

The Austin office of Kimley-Horn prepared a site plan that showed 572 parking spaces, a water quality pond, a private holding pond, a dog park, a maintenance building, an amenity building, a monument sign, as well as as several masonry walls throughout the complex.

The development will have a 25 foot front setback and 15 foot side setbacks.


Winter Park, based in Florida Apg Asli Ix Gp, LLC owns the property through the entity Berry Creek (Georgetown) ASLI IX LLC.

Rockwall based Design Balance Inc. and the Houston office of SDC Engineers, LLC are on board the project team.

This was the second review of this request; it was also examined by the committee on July 20.

VBX Project ID: 2021-605B

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