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September 2021

Adams planning board approves site plan for Greylock Glen outdoor center /

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Michael Petrin of VHB presents the site plans for the outdoor center at Greylock Glen on Monday to the planning council.
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The outdoor center will include an exhibition space, classrooms, a restaurant and a lobby.

ADAMS, Mass. – Site plans for the new Greylock Glen outdoor center received the seal of approval on Monday – nearly a decade after the project was first approved by the Planning Council.

“I don’t know if council members recall this, but in July 2012 this council reviewed the proposed Greylock Glen project and you issued a special permit to us as part of the development of the planned resort unit. “said Donna Cesan, the city’s special projects coordinator. “When issuing and approving this special permit, you said that if after 10 years no development has been initiated, the special permit will expire.

“So I’m particularly happy to hear where we are in this timeframe, to bring you the approval of the site plan for the outdoor center project this evening.”

The 9,200 square foot outdoor center, designed as a multi-purpose structure with a 75-seat restaurant, exhibition space and classrooms, was designed by Maclay Architects.

Michael Petrin, project manager at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., led the board of directors through the stormwater, parking and utilities plans for the building.

The center will be located near Gould Road and will include an outdoor patio, paved driveways and 64 parking spaces.

“We have planned a loop around the disembarking of the buses but also of the fire apparatus,” said Petrin. “We have a stabilized gravel setback area, as well as concrete pavers for the driveways.

For stormwater management, there will be gully retention ponds around the site, he said. “Our disposal sites will be in a resource zone or buffer zone, which will fall under the jurisdiction of the Conservation Commission. They will therefore have to approve it.”

Some concerns have been raised about the maintenance of the natural pools, but Cesan said these will be maintained by the city just as it maintains the city’s parks and other facilities.

Water and water for fire suppression will come from Gould Road and sewers will follow the same route. One change in plans presented to council was the elimination of a stand-alone pump station for the fire protection line. This was not considered feasible, so it is now attached to the building with a separate water pipe.

The power lines will also be brought underground. Petrin said electric vehicle charging stations will eventually be installed.

Board members asked about solar plans and Cesan replied that solar is not part of this phase but is being considered for the future.

“We are studying this now, but due to the roof line of the building which is so varied, it was determined that it was not practical to put solar panels on the roof,” she said. “We’re looking at solar carports… we’d like to do at least one or two as a demonstration, but we’re also talking about an off-site supply of solar power that would serve this facility.”

The approval marks an important milestone in the final development of Greylock Glen. The city became the developer after a number of other projects failed over the decades, but struggled to achieve a defined vision for the first time in 2009.

Not that there hasn’t been any progress: 19 miles of trails have been completed, water and septic lines have been extended to Gould Road, and the Friend and Columbia Street roundabout has been completed. designed to facilitate the expected increase in traffic.

Future work envisions an amphitheater, campgrounds and a lodge on the 60-acre parcel of Mount Greylock State Reserve.

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Pep Boys’ final Spring Hill site project to be voted on next month

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A new Pep Boys auto parts store is reaching final approval stage with site plans to be voted on by the Spring Hill Planning Commission next month.

The commission examined the site plan proposed on Monday during its working session in September. If approved, the 7,500 square foot facility and parking lot will be built on undeveloped land at the intersection of Spring Hill Circle and Wilkes Court.

According to the Spring Hill planning staff report to the site, a traffic impact study conducted on August 16 concluded that the Pep Boys are not expected to negatively impact traffic near the area. However, current demand has not indicated a 25-foot shared access drive on the site.

The current plan also includes a 15 foot buffer zone that aligns with a neighboring residential neighborhood, as well as a “tree protection plan” that will preserve existing trees along the north and west property lines.

After meeting with city staff on September 15, planning staff concluded that applicant SEC Inc. should make revisions indicating the shared access drive by October 4.

During discussion of the proposal, Alderman Matt Fitterer said a neighboring landowner to the south had expressed “some reservations” about the project, although details were not given. Although the owner in question is set to meet with city staff ahead of next month’s voting meeting to discuss these concerns.

The installer also disagreed with the design of the site plan, which would place the facility’s transformer at the front of the store, facing an artery. He also had issues with the amount of red paint that will be used on the exterior of the building.

“I think it’s poorly shielded at best, and it would be better to put the transformer in an area a little less visible. If we’re going to leave it up front, it definitely needs better shielding. ‘after what we see, “said the editor. “And I know you’ve toned down the red in the elevations, but we still have a little bit of red in there. I’m not sure how well it’s up to our development standards, so I’m going to ask you to review. this too.”

Planning Commission chairman Jonathan Duda echoed Fitterer’s concerns about the use of red, particularly on one of the vehicle bay doors.

“I don’t understand the need for a bay to have a red garage door, and I encourage you to check out our design review, which prescribes natural tones, at least for that bay,” Duda said. “The other colors are your earth and appropriate, I would say.”

A Pep Boys auto store is located at the intersection of Spring Hill Circle and Wilkes Court.  Its site plan is currently under review by the Spring Hill Planning Commission, with some disputing the design of the facility, which would include a red garage door.

Dave Herbeck, SEC representative, said changing the colors of the bay gate “won’t be a problem” and the decision to teach bright red as outlined in the plan has been implemented.

“[Changing] the garage door is fine, ”Herbeck said. “We lowered the color a few shades, gave it a more matte finish. It looks brighter on [the plan] than the real color. If we have to go a little further, that’s fine, or if we have to do a little less, that’s fine too. “

Duda reiterated that the red on the building and the mark is “perfectly fine” and that the proposed red garage door was the main concern. Duda also expressed to the applicant the need for good communication between neighboring owners regarding the coordination of construction access to the property.

“We have other interconnectivity challenges by Popeye, and it’s not unique, but having a connection between properties is first and foremost what we need to make sure that happens, whether it’s your use or that. from someone else on this property, ”Duda said.

The claimant noted that he had contacted neighboring landowners and that the provision of an access easement in adjacent properties was a prerequisite for submitting the Pep Boys claim to municipal staff.

The proposed installation for the Pep Boys will appear again at the Planning Committee’s regular voting meeting on October 11.

Sitemap approved for “The James” | Webster Kirkwood Times

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On September 16, Kirkwood City Council approved a final site plan for “The James” apartments, formerly known as Kirkwood Flats, a 152-unit, 60-foot-high residential development at 426 N. Kirkwood Road .

Jonathan Raiche, director of planning and development services at Kirkwood, explained that council had approved a preliminary plan on November 5, 2020. Council was asked on September 16 to verify that the new site plan did not vary significantly. significant compared to what was approved last year. .

All council members present agreed that the plan was acceptable, except for Liz Gibbons, who abstained. Gibbons was one of two board members who voted “no” on the James project last year, the other being Mark Zimmer.

James’ proposal was the subject of controversy from neighboring residents before it was passed in 2020, with many worrying about its density and the effect the additional traffic would have near homes and businesses.

At its meeting last week, council ultimately voted 5-2 in favor of the project, with developers expressing enthusiasm for the growth of downtown Kirkwood.

Noise ordinance fails

With a 4-4 vote, Kirkwood City Council rejected a noise bill that would have prohibited vehicles from sounding horns and signaling devices except for a danger warning, from 7 p.m. at 7 a.m. on residential streets.

Proposed by Kirkwood council members Liz Gibbons and Maggie Duwe, the bill was inspired by a recent zoning code amendment allowing churches and schools to rent out their kitchens for use as a commissary for preparing services. food.

“We allow (food trucks or delivery trucks) to be there from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. My concern was that there might be emergency beeps in residential properties,” Gibbons said. “I just think it’s a way of giving residents peace of mind that even though there will be a lot of activity late at night, there won’t be any noise.”

The vote was split, with half the council agreeing the bill was reasonable and the other half calling it a no-hassle solution. Council Member Duwe did not attend the meeting and did not vote.

“I think the premise is that there will be a lot of activity, but I just don’t see it,” Council member Bob Sears said. “If it becomes a big problem that people are complaining about, we can fix it somehow, but do it preemptively with no basis … I just don’t see the premise for moving forward. .”

The City sets the property taxes

Also at the September 16 meeting, council passed new property tax rates for the Town of Kirkwood and the Kirkwood Public Library.

The proposed residential rate for 2021 for Kirkwood is 46.2 cents per $100 of assessed value. Under the new rate, a homeowner with a home valued at $300,000 would pay about $263.

The commercial property rate rose 6.9%, or 52.4 cents per $100. The rate for personal property is 63.9 cents per $100. The Kirkwood Downtown Special Business District rate is 36.1 cents per $100.

Kirkwood Public Library’s residential rate is 22.9 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is a 9.5% increase over last year. The library’s commercial rate is 27.2 cents per $100, a 7% increase over last year. The personal property rate was set at 35.5 cents per $100.

Site plan approved for Mission BBQ, new building in Ashwaubenon

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By Kevin Boneske

ASHWAUBENON – A site plan to redevelop the southwest corner of South Oneida Street and Cormier Road with two new buildings was approved earlier this month by the of the village Site plan review committee.

Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said the plan for the property owned by ENDF3DK calls for the demolition of existing buildings on the site of the former Huntington Bank and Oreck Vacuum / Big & Tall Clothiers to build a Mission BBQ restaurant from 3,678 square feet on the corner and a one or two unit 6,057 square foot rental property on the south.

“(There are) no plans or no tenant reservations at this time (for the south building),” he said. “They have the interest of other retailers, but nothing has been confirmed yet.”

Schuette said the number of access points will be reduced to two, with an entry / exit fee on Oneida Street, which will be connected to a drive-thru for the south building, with full access to the property off Cormier Road.

“Drive-thru is consistent with the other drive-thru we currently have on Oneida Street, where drive-thru loops around the front and is allowed under our code,” he said. .

Schuette said the exterior materials for both buildings will consist of a mixture of brick, wood and an exterior insulation finish system.

He said the green space for the site will decrease from 9.4% to 16.7%, while a 6-foot opaque fence will be located on the south side of Mission BBQ to filter the smoker and the staging area.

Townhouses at Aldon Station

The committee also approved a site plan for 16 two-story single-family townhouses without a lot line in the Aldon Station subdivision, on the former Schneider trucking site along South Broadway.

Schuette said the townhouses are in groups of four, each having an individual entrance, patio / balcony, an attached two-stall garage, basement, two to three bedrooms and bathrooms.

“It will be a good change or an addition to the housing stock in the village,” he said.

Schuette said the debugging zones built across the street and the right-of-way will provide overflow parking.

Ryan Radue of Radue Homes, who is behind the development, said work will begin soon on the townhouses and one of the condominiums.

The village secured the old Schneider property by purchasing two plots of over 20 acres for $ 1.25 million.

He made a deal with Radue Homes for the company to buy lots in the development until 2026.

The agreement provides for the purchase of 38 duplex lots, 16 townhouse lots and five condominium building lots.

The lots Radue Homes will pay vary in terms of cost under the agreement, ranging from $ 20,000 for the cheapest duplex lot to $ 450,000 for a waterfront condominium lot.

Bay Bank Awning

Bay Bank at 2555 Packerland Dr. has received committee approval for a new glass roof covering the main entrance to the bank.
Schuette said the existing canopy will be removed and replaced with the new one.

He said the new canopy requires committee approval as it is a commercial building with a required building permit.

The city will study a site plan for the development of a gas station | News

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Athens city council is due to take a final vote on a site plan for a large development on US 175 West that will include a gas station, convenience store and quick service restaurant with drive-thru.

Director of Development Services Audrey Sloan said the project has been delayed but is on track to be completed in 2022.

The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. on Monday at the Athens Partnership Center.

The site plan submitted by Winters Oil Partners includes a modification of the entrances to US 175, with the one to the southeast becoming a double entrance to accommodate the gas station and any business that may be built on the side closest to the sea. loop 7. A stipulation added to the plan is that signage be posted on the property offering overnight parking.

Sloan said the drive-through restaurant should be a Sonic.

A public hearing and a vote on the site plan took place during the Town Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on September 10 before being sent to City Council.

The development is located just after the intersection of Highway 175 West with Loop 7. Coming from the direction of Eustace, it will offer motorists their first opportunity to refuel before entering Athens. Those who ride Loop 7 can refuel or grab a bite to eat without driving into the main part of town.

The parking lot will be large enough to allow 18-wheel trucks to park and refuel.

Winters Oil Partners, was founded in 1972 and is based in Corsica, with developments in several locations in the region.

In February 2020, the city council approved a dish for the development of Athens. The dish included 3.3 acres

being annexed to the city and 14.35 acres already within its limits. The property has been zoned for planned development.

Silverthorne Approves Final Site Plan for Angler Mountain Vistas Development

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One of the Angler Mountain Vistas single family home models is shown in a render. The development received final site plan approval from Silverthorne City Council at its September 22 meeting.
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The Angler Mountain Vistas in Silverthorne received approval of the final site plan from Silverthorne City Council on Wednesday, September 22. The long-awaited development will soon bring 17 new homes to market price in town.

Single-family homes were offered by Tim Crane with Compass Homes and Blake Shutler with Summit Homes Construction. The new community will be located just south of Angler Mountain Ranch on Angler Mountain Ranch Road South.

There are four types of buildings included in the project plan, each intended to accommodate different conditions and levels on the site. In an earlier discussion with the Summit Daily News, Silverthorne’s planning chief Lina Lesmes said the development would likely go vertical this fall if it received final approval.

According to the city council agenda, the original 35.81-acre parcel on which these homes were proposed constitutes the Angler Mountain Vistas Subdivision. The 17 houses will be built on two land suitable for conversion. Another leaflet was dedicated to the town of Silverthorne as an open public space.

City planner Caitlin Jacobshagen told the meeting that they will be ground-floor homes, meaning there will be multiple single-family homes located on individual lots.

Applicants began installing the infrastructure on-site after receiving preliminary approval in April, but the group needed the final approved site plan to start applying for building permits.

The applicant plans to partially pave Angler Mountain Ranch South Road, the primary access road to the development site, and will dedicate the road to the town as a right-of-way. The site also contains a private road, Fly Caster Lane, which will be maintained by the Homeowners Association and will provide access to six of the buildings. Several trails also provide pedestrian access to the site.

Council member Mike Spry raised concerns over the city’s right-of-way allocation, noting that it simply means the city has another road to maintain and clear. He asked what the compromise was for something like this.

Jacobshagen said the developer paid for all of the initial construction and paving of the road. Deputy general manager Mark Leidal said he would also offer a 1% property transfer fee that would go to the city’s general fund, which should offset the additional costs incurred by the city in providing services to the residential area. .

Bobby Craig, with Arapahoe Architects, said the changes between the preliminary site plan and the final plan were mostly architectural.

“The biggest architectural change was the dressing of the facades of the street,” said Craig.

Craig said the change came after receiving comments from city staff and the planning commission. They added porches to the sides of all companionway units – 14 of the 17 homes. Craig said they also improved the architectural materials to keep them consistent with a “mountain-modern” theme.

“I can’t believe we’re sort of at the end of this,” Silverthorne Mayor Ann-Marie Sandquist said at the meeting. The city has been working with the developers on the planning of this project since 2009.

Kevin Berg, of Summit Homes Construction, the general development contractor, said they would not comment further on the project.

City Council Approves Drive-Through Variances and Site Plan | Local

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Those looking to get their caffeine fix will soon have another option in Litchfield.

The site plan and signage gap for a Scooters Cafe on vacant land off U.S. Highway 12 East received City Council approval at its September 20 meeting.

Scooter’s Coffee is a national franchise with nearly 400 locations, many in the Midwest. The company was founded in 1998 in Omaha, Nebraska, and plans to double or even triple in size over the next two years, according to Tim Scott, who will own the local franchise.

The local operation will be built on Scooter’s ‘driving cafe’ concept. There will be no indoor seating and the building will only be about 635 square feet, according to plans shared with the city.

The building will be located on a three-tenths of an acre lot at 602 US Highway 12 East, a vacant lot just west of Pizza Hut on the south side of the highway. It will face north, with an entrance to the business from Davis Avenue west.

Signage plays a key role in the business plan, as it aims to attract customers traveling on Highway 12. The building will feature prominent signs on four elevations on all four sides. The company will also have a “monument sign” on the northwest corner of the property.

In addition to the site plan, Scott requested waivers to city parking requirements and signage regulations. With drive-thru only, the only parking the company will need will be for employees, so they’ve only provided five parking spaces – far less than the city code requirement of 63.

Signs on all four sides of the building and the monument sign — which Scott says in his application are required by the company — also required a waiver. The city ordinance allows a maximum of four signs for on-site advertising with a maximum size of 100 square feet per sign. The scooters will have two 43.5 square foot signs, two 18.25 square foot circular logos and the monument sign which is 54.8 square feet and would be 12 feet high. While the total signage area of ​​178.8 will be less than the 400 square feet allowed, but the number of signs exceeds the maximum of four, so the variance was necessary.

The Litchfield Planning Commission recommended approval of the deviations after reviewing the plans at its September 13 meeting, and the city council unanimously agreed.

No date has been given for the start of the work.

The Lisbon Development Committee invites comments on the development of the Worumbo site

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The Worumbo Mill building was demolished in 2016. Time registration file

The Lisbon Development Committee is preparing plans for the former Worumbo Mill site and wants public participation.

On September 7, the city council awarded a bid to The Chesapeake Group, an economic analysis and development firm, to conduct a market analysis in Lisbon, including the site.

The results, combined with additional community feedback, will help identify redevelopment opportunities in the city, said Brett Richardson, director of economic development for the city, during the development committee meeting on Wednesday.

The first phase of the analysis examines regional and local markets and opportunities for future real estate and commercial development in Lisbon.

The second phase is a feasibility analysis of two redevelopment scenarios for the Worumbo site.

“There will be a community survey following the completion of the first phase of the market analysis to get community feedback on the two scenarios the community would like the Chesapeake Group to use for its feasibility analysis,” Richardson said. . “We will have the opportunity through this market analysis to choose two different development scenarios and dive deep with the pro forma on what the financial performance of this would be and how much investment would be required.

Surveys will add crucial data, Richardson added.

“Hopefully the polls will encourage people to attend the meetings, and then the meetings will lead to the next poll,” said planning board committee member Lisa Ward. ” The goal is presentation, but these meetings will include feedback and comments from the public. »

The community retail survey will likely take place in October. The survey will take place online, but Richardson said she will make it available to everyone.

“I think as a committee we need to think together or maybe select or seek outside help to figure out the best way to reach the maximum number of people to get 6,000 meaningful survey results,” said Don Fellows. , member of the committee.

Fellows added event content with possibility of open result.

Lisbon residents were asked to complete a survey last year, choosing from three potential development scenarios developed by the two private companies to facilitate meaningful public input. However, some residents criticized the survey as it only covered 306 people out of 10,000 residents.

Sandy Harkin, owner of the nearby Railroad Pub, seemed cautious about her hopes for future development.

“Over time, things eventually develop,” Harkin said. “But for me, you have to be careful what you develop and what you lose. It’s not about dollars and cents or how high the skyscraper can get. Once up there, everything is blocked.

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Katy Boardwalk District Announces ‘Refined’ Sitemap in Fall, Tenants in 2022

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Changes to the site maps, which will be released in the fall, will include an increased focus on improving sightlines and accessibility to the lake for hotel guests and other visitors. (Courtesy of Katy Boardwalk District)

Plans for the Katy Boardwalk District will see some changes, officials said in a September 23 press release. According to the statement, a refined sitemap for the project is expected to be released this fall, with an announcement of the neighborhood’s first tenants expected to arrive in early 2022.

The Katy Boardwalk District development team said in the statement that it continues to focus on attracting “unique and premier chef-led restaurants and entertainment concepts” while working to improve the plan. global property site.

“The impact of COVID-19 has given us more time to reassess the site plan to ensure that we are incorporating the lakefront experience throughout the project,” said Keith Dalton of KBH Venture, co-developer of the Katy Boardwalk District, which consists of 169 acres at Kingsland Boulevard and Prairie Parkway south of Katy Freeway.

According to Dalton, changes to the plan will include placing more emphasis on improving sightlines and accessibility to the lake for hotel guests and other visitors. Katy Boardwalk District representatives announced the addition of two new partners in the release: The Colliers Retail Team and Method Architecture.

“They represent the best and the brightest in design, development and leasing,” said Byron Hebert, Town of Katy Administrator. “We are looking forward to working with the whole team.

Colliers’ retail team will manage the rental activities of the project’s tenants, while Method Architecture will be responsible for reinventing the mixed-use and retail site plan “to better maximize the attractiveness of its lake. Nature-inspired 90 acres showcasing the area’s native trees, flora and fauna, ”the statement said.

The Colliers retail team is “in talks” with several restaurant, bar and entertainment concepts, the statement said.

“We’ve heard of a number of concepts here in Houston and across the country,” said Wade Greene of the Colliers retail team. “We are certainly evaluating all of these opportunities to determine the best ones for the project. ”

23/09/2021 | Commission unanimously advances revised restaurant site plan

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The resort’s fire boat repair offer is weighed

OCEAN CITY – The only offer for the replacement of the engines for the Ocean City firefighter’s rescue boat was slightly under budget. The city received only one offer to replace the inboard motors of the department’s rescue boat with twin outboards. Typically, if there is only one bid for a capital project, the board rejects …

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Berlin expects short-term rental regulation for the New Year

Berlin expects short-term rental regulation for the New Year

BERLIN – This week, municipal officials continued their discussions on the regulation of short-term rentals. On Monday, Mayor Zack Tyndall and Berlin City Council reviewed the draft short-term rental regulation developed after prior discussions. While opinions still vary, particularly with regard to owner occupancy, Mayor Zack Tyndall said the ordinance is moving forward. “There is a time and a place …

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Resort and county are working hard to collect tax on rental rooms online

Resort and county are working hard to collect tax on rental rooms online

OCEAN CITY – Efforts to curb short-term vacation rentals that fail to obtain rental permits and pay the appropriate resort tax were renewed this week with the approval of a draft ordinance intended to strengthen the rules. For years, Ocean City officials have monitored the proliferation of short-term vacation rentals in the…

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Seasonal housing project in the city center examined by the Council; Redevelopment of the Eyed model block

Seasonal housing project in the city center examined by the Council;  Redevelopment of the Eyed model block

OCEAN CITY – After decades of piecemeal property acquisition for the redevelopment of the proposed model block, the Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) presented a seasonal workforce housing project proposal this week. for mixed and versatile use. For the past twenty years, the OCDC has been working on a redevelopment plan for the model island. There have been several …

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Planners OK Healthy Living Campus site map for central Batavia | Top story

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BATAVIA – The site plan for a $ 30 million healthy living downtown campus has the blessing of the city’s planning and development committee, but not unanimously.

The committee approved the 3-1 site plan tonight, with committee member David Beatty voting against. Ed Flynn, Rebecca Cohen and John Ognibene voted for it. The project, a partnership of the YMCA and Rochester-Regional Health-United Memorial Medical Center, will include a new state-of-the-art wellness center, indoor pool, group exercise studios and a gymnasium with a walking / running track. indoor foot, teaching 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 facility would include a 69,420 square foot two-story building to house the YMCA with medical offices. The site is located at 211 and 213 East Main St., 1-9 Wiard St. and is part of 211 1/2 East Main Rear.

“We didn’t add any additional walls or trees or anything like that,” said project manager David Ciurzynski of Ciurzynski Consulting, LLC. After the meeting, Ciurzynski said his company made sure there were enough bushes and trees along the west and south sides of GO ART! as a buffer.

During the meeting, the committee received a letter from GO ART! in which GO ART! Executive director Gregory Hallock referred to a landscaping plan, Beatty said. The plan came from architectural, engineering and planning firm Clark Patterson Lee.

“It would be nice if the committee actually saw this plan. “I’ve never seen this shot,” Beatty said. “This is a plan that was presented to Mr. Hallock. I understand he has a different landscaping plan and a different parking plan.

Ciurzynski said this plan is much more elaborate than his company’s one.

“We are not going forward with this for budgetary reasons,” he said. “The plan you have is the plan we are moving forward with. What we’ve shown is within our budget and what we can do, and has proper buffering on the back (of GO ART!). While I understand that he (Hallock) may desire something more, it is technically not his property. We have to be the best possible neighbors, but we also have to manage our budget. “

When asked if what Hallock saw of Clark Patterson Lee was an initial plan, Ciurzynski replied that they had discussed a bunch of concepts, but nothing that was really a plan.

“We never came up with this plan because we looked at the concepts and priced it and it just wasn’t doable,” Ciurzynski said.

In a public hearing at the previous Planning and Development Committee meeting on August 17, residents raised concerns about access to the campus through Summit Street. The committee recommended removing the entrance / exit from Summit Street.

Tonight Ciurzynski said access from that street has been removed from the sitemap.

“Now that we have the sitemap (approval) there is speed to come,” he said after the meeting. Ciurzynski hopes to have the construction documents completed later this fall and start demolishing Cary Hall before the end of 2021. The goal is to begin construction in earnest in the spring of 2022.

“It’s going to take about 20 months to get it all through – a little over a year and a half, minimum,” he said.

Traffic will arrive on Bank Street, head towards Washington Avenue. When traffic leaves campus, it will exit onto Washington Avenue and then either Bank Street or Summit Street back to Main Street, he said.

As for voting against approving the sitemap, Beatty said project developers are missing an opportunity to better develop the entire site.

“The parking lots in general … they are a bit outdated in a way. We have a changing society and changing demographics. People drive less, ”he said. “I think it’s a key building going up here in Batavia, a key building on Main Street. I think they’re missing out on an opportunity to really develop what they call a campus. You still have a building and a parking lot. I think it could have been a lot more, if they had thought of the whole site.

Beatty said GO ART! was a critical component and those responsible for the project compromised with GO ART !, but did not go far enough.

The committee also noted this evening that the project would not have a significant negative impact on the environment.

Ulster City Council approves conditional site plan for Kingston-Ulster Airport – Daily Freeman

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CITY OF ULSTER, NY – City Council members have approved a conditional site plan that moves the helicopter take-off site at Kingston-Ulster Airport from adjacent to the facility hangars to an area close to the national highway 199.

The approval came unanimously on Thursday, September 16. Supervisor James Quigley said use will be limited to non-commercial operations.

“The approval of the special permit is based on the fact that the heliport is only used for (…)” If the heliport begins commercial operations, (a) a new application for the site plan and a special permit application must be submitted. “

Concerns over commercial use were raised at a public hearing last month, with several residents objecting to the use because they expect there will be additional air traffic near the subdivision. Adjacent Whittier.

Geoffrey Ring, chairman of the planning board and tenant of the airport, previously said the new platform will move helicopters about half a mile farther from the populated area than the originally proposed location.

Other requirements under the special use permit include prohibiting the heliport from reducing the size or use of the airport, providing the city building inspector with documented flight paths for helicopter traffic and providing a storm water report on the installation of a drainage system if required.

Kingston Airport was bought in February by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, a resident of Rhinebeck, who submitted the special use permit application to resolve long-standing approval issues regarding the runway helicopter under the previous owner.

Work on the helicopter landing site at Kingston Ulster Airport was completed in 2018, according to a certificate of occupancy from the city. It included the airstrip and the aircraft hangars. This work was carried out by Saugerties-based Bridgeview Helicopter, a tenant from the previous owner, but ultimately the work and use ended up being part of a legal battle that was not resolved until Schmidt’s group took over.

Airport manager Todd Coggeshall said there were typically five helicopter takeoffs or landings per week with additional traffic about every two months from State Police and National Guard during routine visits.

Glenwood Springs City Council Approves Site Plan for Mountain View Flats Apartments in West Glenwood

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Construction could begin soon on a 40-unit apartment complex in West Glenwood, after Glenwood Springs City Council approved Thursday of the developer’s site plan.

During the regular board meeting, RealAmerica LLC presented plans for the installation of Mountain View Flats, located at 51537 US Highway 6 near Discount Tire.

The facility is expected to consist of a single apartment building with staggered three and four story sections, a pet spa with a dog wash station, short and long term bicycle parking, and bicycle storage. interior.

The site plan included 63 parking spaces. That’s five parking spaces less, or 7%, of the city’s development code requirement of 1.7 parking spaces per unit, said Hannah Klausman, the city’s deputy director of economic and community development. . Developers, however, can request a parking reduction of up to 30% in exchange for offers for amenities such as outdoor bicycle parking, Klausman said.

Development plans include 14 one-bedroom apartments and 26 two-bedroom apartments. RealAmerica is expected to provide eight of the apartments as restricted resident-occupied units that meet the city’s requirements for affordable housing in new developments.

Following a council decision in March, restrictions on inclusive housing deeds require that a certain percentage of offered units be priced at affordable rates dictated by a formula based on the region’s median income. Deed-restricted units must be occupied by residents of Glenwood Springs whose residence and work status are verified by the city.

“For the first time in a long list of apartment developments, the developer is showcasing a number of two-bedroom apartments,” Board Member Paula Stepp said expressing support for the sitemap. “It’s a place where families can settle. “

West Glenwood resident Karleen Clark said she was against the development.

“The entire plan is out of date, so it doesn’t mean much to us,” said Clark, expressing concern over reduced parking and increased traffic at West Glenwood. “The people of West Glenwood do not feel safe. We keep saying we have a need for housing, but why does that outweigh the need for security of the people who currently live here? “

Board member Ingrid Wussow brought forward a motion to approve the sitemap provided the developer follows best practices set out by the development industry for building the facility for energy efficiency, and the board member Steve Davis seconded the motion. Council approved the site plan 5-1, with Mayor Jonathan Godes voting against and Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Willman absent.

Journalist Ike Fredregill can be reached at 970-384-9154 or by email at [email protected]

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Proposed site analysis for Puerto Rico: New Nuclear

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September 09, 2021

The review of small modular reactors (SMRs) for the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico moves to step two. Having concluded that such a deployment was feasible, the Nuclear Alternative Project (NAP) is now examining the location requirements. Speaking at the World Nuclear Association’s annual symposium yesterday, Eddie Guerra of NAP said the results of an ongoing study “will help advance the discussion of how sites will adapt and how they will adapt. ‘align with the mini-grids already planned’.

Potential sites in Puerto Rico, identified by the Nuclear Alternative Project (Image: NAP)

Speaking at the World Nuclear Association Annual Symposium yesterday, Eddie Guerra of NAP said the results of a study currently underway “will help advance the discussion of how sites will adapt and how they will align with the mini-grids already planned.”

It follows a conclusion made in a NAP study last year that SMRs are achievable in the Puerto Rican context. The assessment was made according to the criteria of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Key to the analysis is Puerto Rico’s energy strategy, which is to rebuild the damage from Hurricane Maria of 2017 in a more resilient way by creating a network of micro-grids. Some 3,000 MWe of the island’s 3,247 MWe of operational power units will be replaced by 2025, with solar power expected to take an ever-increasing share of production.

However, the dynamics of island grids are difficult for solar. Puerto Rico has a stable demand level around 2,500 MWe, with peaks around 3,000 MWe. Last year’s NAP feasibility study said that only nuclear reactors can supplement intermittent renewable energy sources with basic zero-emission electricity generation. At the same time, a high degree of flexibility to follow the load would be required of all units joining a grid dominated by solar energy.

Despite being relatively small and separate from the continental United States (of which it is an unincorporated territory), Puerto Rico has a GDP of $ 104 billion, which is higher than that of several states, including Hawaii, New Hampshire and Idaho. Almost half of that comes from manufacturing, but energy prices remain high – around 19 cents per kWh while the price in most states in the United States is in the range of 9 to 11 cents per kWh, according to the figures presented by Guerra.

Last year’s feasibility study identified key demand centers, manufacturing centers and potential partners, Geurra said, adding that this information feeds into the ongoing site analysis alongside geological information and ‘other types of existing infrastructure.

Applying the requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the NAP has so far identified two potential sites. One is on the north coast of the island near an industrial hub; the other on its coast is at the old naval station of Roosevelt Roads. Guerra said the current study “aims to develop a list of suitable sites with classification and factory setting envelopes for Puerto Rico.”

Island needs

Guerra noted that the NAP team has been contacted by other small and island nations keen to share information on the potential use of SMRs, with Singapore, Cyprus, Tasmania in Australia, Bahrain and Indonesia facing challenges similar to those of Puerto Rico, in particular the base load demand profile throughout the year. In addition, they must decarbonize, end their dependence on imported fossil fuels and increase their resilience while managing the intermittency of rapidly growing renewable generation, he said.

Research and writing by World Nuclear News

Ecoark secures power capacity for development of cryptocurrency mining beta site in Texas

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The first phase is expected to become operational in approximately 90 days

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ecoark Holdings, Inc. (“Ecoark”) (NASDAQ: ZEST), announced that its indirect wholly owned subsidiary Bitstream Mining LLC (“Bitstream”), a Wholly owned by Trend Discovery Holdings LLC (“Trend”) entered into an agreement on September 3, 2021 to secure 12 MW (“Megawatts”) of available power capacity for Bitstream mining. Specific terms of the agreement will be disclosed at a later date. Bitstream and its strategic energy consultant are working with the utility to upgrade the utility’s substation to expand available capacity up to 50 MW.

Ecoark previously announced that Bitstream would develop a 6MW cryptocurrency mining operation in Texas. Brad Hoagland, CFA, Ecoark’s Chief Financial Officer, said, “We are proud to have met and exceeded our commitment of securing electrical capacity within 30 days, while doubling our target mining capacity from 6 MW to 12 MW and launching an extension to 50 MW. We remain confident that Bitstream’s planned high-margin business model will fulfill one of Trend’s key business areas for its recently announced and upcoming spin-off transaction into a pure-play FinTech company.

Bitstream has also secured the mining equipment which is expected to be delivered within the targeted operational timelines. Bitstream plans to participate in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Reactive Reserve Market as part of our Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) strategy by returning its electricity to the Texas grid where appropriate. “We plan to use our operational load flexibility to participate in the ERCOT marketplace and provide ERCOT with more tools to help stabilize the network when needed,” said Mr. Britt Swann, President of Bitstream.

Bitstream expects the 12 MW mining site to be fully operational and producing significant coin generation by January 2022 with expected monthly revenue of $4.4 million.1 including payments for participation in ERCOT Demand Response programs. The fully developed 50MW site is expected to be completed by December 2022. Brad Hoagland, CFA added, “We plan to mine a diverse basket of large-cap cryptocurrencies with the highest reward-to-price ratio. We will sell enough coins to cover Bitstream’s monthly operating costs, while using the remaining crypto for fiat transactions within our future planned and branded FinTech app and decentralized finance (“DeFi”) platform.

About Ecoark Holdings, Inc.

Founded in 2011, Ecoark is a diversified holding company. The Company has three wholly-owned subsidiaries: Zest Labs, Inc. (“Zest Labs”), Banner Midstream Corp (“Banner Midstream”) and Trend Discovery. Zest Labs offers the Zest Fresh™ solution, a revolutionary approach to fresh food quality management specifically designed to help dramatically reduce the $161 billion in food loss the United States experiences each year. Banner Midstream is engaged in oil and gas exploration, production and drilling operations on more than 30,000 cumulative acres of active mining claims in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Banner Midstream also provides transportation and logistics services and purchases and finances equipment for oilfield transportation service contractors. In addition to leading our new business opportunity, Trend invests in a number of early-stage startups each year as part of the fund’s venture capital strategy; we are open-minded investors with a founder mentality. Trend Discovery LP has an audited history of uncorrelated outperformance of the S&P 500 since inception.

ZEST FRESH™ and Zest Labs™ are registered trademarks of Zest Labs, Inc.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements relating to the proposed development of a cryptocurrency mining operation in Texas and its expected future capacity and future expansion, the intended purpose of and revenues from our future mining operations and the intended use of digital assets, our plans regarding the use of the future mining operation to mitigate power grid imbalances using the monitoring capabilities of our energy consultant, and other statements that are not statements of historical fact. The words “believe”, “may”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “should”, “plan”, “could”, “target”, “potential”, “is likely”, “will”, “expect” and similar expressions, as they relate to us, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions regarding future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, such as market and other conditions, many of which are beyond management’s control. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements include our ability to execute binding agreements pursuant to the letter of intent on a timely basis or at all, our ability to procure computers high speeds required for timely cryptocurrency mining, especially due to the international shortage of semiconductors, our ability to afford data center development costs, including but not limited to , the construction of the medium voltage electrical distribution infrastructure, our reliance on third party suppliers in connection with the operation of the mining facility, the utility’s consent to the 50 MW expansion, our limited experience in commercial-scale cryptocurrency mining, intense competition in the cryptocurrency mining market, future legislation potential tion or regulatory initiative limiting the use of digital assets as a medium of exchange, high volatility in the price of digital assets, and their potentially limited liquidity. Additional risks and uncertainties are identified and discussed in Ecoark’s filings with the SEC, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 and Prospectus Supplement dated August 4, 2021. Any forward-looking statement made by us herein speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Other factors or events that could cause our actual results to vary may arise from time to time and it is impossible for us to predict all of them. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.


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Planning Council approves site plan for 7-story apartment tower in Kelley Square

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WORCESTER – The planning board on Wednesday approved a final site plan for the redevelopment of the Table Talk Pie complex in Kelley Square into a mix of housing and retail.

The board of directors voted unanimously to approve the first phase of Boston Capital’s plans to redevelop the four-acre parcel, which includes the construction of a seven-story apartment complex in which the 83 units will be affordable.

The plan Boston Capital presented on Wednesday actually reflected an increase in the number of units from the 77 it predicted when it first applied to the Town Planning Council for approval of a final site plan.

Attorney Todd Rodman told the Planning Board that Boston Capital added the additional units after discussing its plans with the state.

The Table Talk Pies building in Kelley Square in Worcester.

Boston Capital will seek state social housing tax credits on the project and is in talks with the city to receive federal HOME funds.

Rich Mazzocchi of Boston Capital

Rich Mazzocchi of Boston Capital said the site’s comprehensive master plan includes approximately 400 housing units and 40,000 square feet of retail space.

Mazzocchi said the apartment tower planned for the first phase of the project will consist of a mix of studios and one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units. The units will be priced at 60% of the region’s median income, which he says is the US standard for housing and urban development for affordable housing. He said that for a family of four in Worcester, that works out to a total income of around $ 98,000.

The development includes the creation of Spruce Street, which in Boston Capital’s plans is one-way from Washington Street to Green Street. Mazzocchi said the development extends the character of the canal district and complements other ongoing developments in the district as well as existing businesses.

David Sullivan of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce said the chamber fully supports Boston Capital’s plans. He said greater density in the neighborhood would lead to continued economic development, and he supported the promotion of more affordable housing.

‘Charm of a HLM tower’

Allen Fletcher, who lives in the old Ash Street school and who developed the Worcester Public Market across the street, said the first phase of development “has all the charm of a high-rise public housing “and that the Spruce Street proposal represented a wasted opportunity. to inject some human scale development at street level into the project.

Fletcher said he and others in the Canal District had been advised by Boston Capital that there would be a mixed-use development and that downstairs retail would be coming, and none of those- this is only offered in the first phase of development.

And Dino Lorusso, owner of Crompton Place on Green Street, said the development, with fewer parking spaces than residents, would only add to parking problems in the Canal District.

Lorusso said the city’s installation of a parking meter across the neighborhood has increased the cost of parking for company employees and neighborhood residents. He said people are currently paying $ 175 to $ 200 a month for private spots; he estimated that once the Boston Capital project is completed, that bonus will increase to $ 300 to $ 500 per month.

Industrial style of the neighborhood

Mazzocchi has said he respectfully disagrees with Fletcher and Lorusso. He said he believed the design, which includes elements of brickwork, metal panels and cement board, respects the industrial style of the neighborhood.

Mazzocchi said the 40,000 square feet of retail space planned for the full construction of the project is a significant amount. He said that in the COVID-19 era, he was not sure the neighborhood would be able to absorb 40,000 square feet of retail at a time.

And, added Mazzocchi, there is little room to create a parking lot. But he believed there was enough to support this project. He noted that there is indoor bicycle parking and said the project is proposed in a pedestrian zone, close to large employers and Union Station.

Planning Board members also expressed some concerns about the aesthetics of the proposed seven-story building and wanted to see a more elaborate plan to activate the new stretch of Spruce Street, but were pleased to see a proposed affordable housing development. in the project context.

Mazzocchi said Boston Capital plans to acquire the Table Talk site early next year, when the pie-making company moves to a new headquarters. currently under construction near South Worcester Industrial Park.

Development of former Alder Hey Hospital site must be approved | North West Real Estate News

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A major mixed-use development on part of the former site of Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool is set to receive the stamp of approval.

Led by Step Places, the program includes the construction of 248 housing units, catering premises, a sports hall and a crèche and an office building.

Four three to five storey development blocks will be constructed under the scheme at Springfield Gardens on Eaton Road.

The eastern part of the site was occupied by a complex of buildings which once formed the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The site is cleared.

Of the accommodations, 208 will be a mix of apartments, including for people with autism and retirement age, while 40 will be residential houses.

Ahead of a meeting of Liverpool City Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, September 7, officials recommended that plans be conditionally approved and a legal agreement signed under Section 106.

A report released ahead of the meeting said: “The proposed development is considered appropriate for this location.

“The proposal is in line with national and local planning policy and would provide a mix of residential accommodation and commercial development which would provide an adequate level of residential amenities, good design and without having an undue negative impact on the visual amenity or road safety.

“The proposal does not conflict with the development plan, national policy or emerging local plan objectives and as such is recommended for approval.”

DIA Approves $ 182.2 Million Times-Union Sitemap With First Phase Restaurant | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

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Atlanta-based Fuqua Development LLC’s plans for a $ 182.2 million project at the former Florida Times-Union site in Brooklyn will include a riverside restaurant in the first phase.

The downtown investment board voted 7-0 on September 2 to approve a $ 31.59 million incentive package for the project after delaying the vote for two weeks to push the developer to add the restaurant.

Council members David Ward and Craig Gibbs were absent.

Fuqua wants to demolish the TU building and replace it with One Riverside Avenue, a residential and commercial project along the Saint John River.

The project proposes to develop the western portion of the property, approximately 13.42 acres, in two phases. It includes a grocery store, retail stores and 271 apartments in two multi-family buildings.

The plan would also restore McCoys Creek and add a public park to the east side of the property.

The DIA board of directors tabled resolution 2021-08-01 on August 18 to negotiate the size, location and city-supported funding of the restaurant.

“This is not a facility operating three hours a day,” said Lori Boyer, CEO of DIA.

“We require it to be open six days a week, two meal times a day… to make sure this is truly the full service restaurant we were looking for. “

The Times-Union helipad is on the west side of the property.

The DIA lobbied for a riverside restaurant to open on the site as soon as possible.

The second phase includes a restaurant, but construction won’t begin until at least 2025 and is dependent on the city to complete the restoration and relocation of McCoys Creek.

The DIA agreed to grant the promoter a forgivable loan of up to half the cost of developing the riverside restaurant.

The loan cannot exceed $ 750,000, according to the term sheet negotiated by DIA and Fuqua.

Board member Oliver Barakat, who advocated for the phase one waterfront restaurant on August 18 with board member Bill Adams, said leaving the restaurant in phase two would have been “a huge deal. missed opportunity “.

The deal requires city council approval, but the addition of the restaurant increases the city’s incentive program for both phases from $ 30.84 million to $ 31.59 million.


• A 75% property tax refund on 20-year enhanced recovery of value, not to exceed $ 28,419,169.

• A completion grant not exceeding $ 1,719,320.

• A Restaurant Completion Grant not to exceed $ 750,000.

• Dedication of municipal rights-of-way valued at $ 545,000.

• A mobility expense credit of $ 160,651.

Fuqua plans to hire an apartment developer for the multi-family project.

According to the list of conditions, project developers will not receive the REV retail or residential grants if the restaurant is not built.

As part of the deal, the city would buy the proposed park from the developer for $ 6.04 million.

A riverside restaurant could be located at the property’s helipad.

Restaurant requirements

DIA conditions require that the restaurant can accommodate at least 100 people.

Fuqua offered two options.

If located on the property’s former helipad, the restaurant will have a minimum of 2,500 square feet of indoor space and no less than 500 square feet of outdoor service area.

If Fuqua decides to build it as part of a residential building, the conditions sheet states that the restaurant must have 3,000 square feet of enclosed space and no less than 500 square feet of outdoor waterfront service area. river.

The city will cancel the loan at 10% per annum if the restaurant operates at least eight hours a day and six days a week, according to the list of conditions.

If the restaurant changes operators, the city will allow it to close for up to 60 days before it affects the loan.

The deal requires the developer to receive final restaurant design approval from the Downtown Development Review Board within six months of purchasing the land with a deadline of April 30, 2022.

Fuqua and the DIA agreed to remove a damages clause from the deal that would have allowed the developer to earn up to $ 1,000 a day if the city failed to complete the McCoys Creek and site preparation for phase two by September 2023.

Instead, Fuqua will have the option of requiring the city to purchase the phase two land if the work is not completed within six months of the deadline.

The condition sheet states that the city must complete the design and receive all permits to relocate the creek within 12 months of purchasing the park, but no later than December 31, 2022.

A site plan for the Times-Union property with a park to the east.

Design issues

In a written statement, former American Institute of Architects president Ted Pappas of Jacksonville asked the DIA to reconsider Fuqua’s conceptual site plan that will replace the mid-century modern-style TU building, which was built in 1967.

Pappas criticized the plan as a “congested cluster of suburban structures”.

“The developer is seeking plentiful taxpayer funding for this project,” Pappas wrote.

“The whole city expects a lot from an iconic design solution for this project, which is positioned as the gateway to our city center. “

Nancy Powell, executive director of nonprofit advocacy group Scenic Jacksonville, read the statement to the board.

Barakat, board member Carol Worsham, and chairman Braxton Gillam agreed architectural quality is important for a downtown waterfront development, but said it was too early to judge Fuqua’s plans.

The developer hasn’t posted any renderings for One Riverside Avenue.

Worsham and Boyer noted that the quality of the design will be reviewed when the project is transferred to the Downtown Development Review Board.

“We see a sitemap that’s probably not final, it’s very conceptual, and those of us as designers, architects or engineers or landscape architects look at it and think, ‘I want more. “I think the devil is in the details,” Worsham said.

Barakat said he agreed that what Fuqua presented “looks like a high-density suburban site plan,” but said the site has constraints such as the necessary corridors with views of the river and McCoys Creek.

Gillam said he was frustrated with public criticism of a “conception that has yet to happen”.

He said the development takes “unused and dilapidated-looking buildings” and redeveloped part of the site into a public park of at least 4.5 acres with improved community access to the St. Johns Creek and River.

The deal goes to the mayor’s budget review committee before Boyer files legislation with council for a final vote on incentives.

Kettering Health’s site plan for $ 10 million medical building in Centerville approved

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Kettering Health said on Wednesday it was unable to provide the number of jobs that are expected to be hosted on the site. But the city’s approval is a welcome step, the applicant said.

“We are delighted to start and hand over the plans for the building permits and we will start as soon as possible to get all of our different approvals, at the municipality level,” said John Kopilchack, Director of Development at Synergy Building Systems, a Beavercreek Company representing the landowner.

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The one-story facility is slated to open in fall 2022 and will operate under the Kettering Physician Network, according to Kettering Health.

The regional health care provider said the site will include primary care, specialist services, laboratory and imaging services, as well as education, wellness and support programs.

The office building will include a care team of medical care providers, including physicians and advanced practice providers, Kettering Health said.

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The land is owned by Queen City Lease Management LLC, according to Montgomery County records. Queen City bought it in 2017 for $ 9.2 million, according to the documents.

The site is where developer Larry Dillin offered an investment of another $ 130 million before pulling it out in January 2020, according to Dayton Daily News archives.

Kroger operated the site from 1979 to 2011, when he opened a new Kroger Market just south of the building, said city planner Mark Yandrick.

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The Pullman National Monument Visitor Center is “just the beginning” of site development and investment

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After sitting idle over the Pullman community for decades, the old administration building and the Pullman Company clock tower is ready to begin its new life and career as a visitor center for the Pullman National Monument. The renovated and redesigned building will open to the public this Labor Day weekend, with celebrations starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 4.

Ongoing preservation and renovation plans for the historic building became increasingly crucial after the late 1990s, when it was severely damaged by fire. However, a proclamation by President Obama in 2015 paved the way for national monument status and management by the National Park Service. The industrial city of the Victorian era played a central role in the history of labor and civil rights in the United States, and this context is displayed and explored through the facilities of the new visitor center.

Teri Gage is the superintendent of Pullman National Monument, Chicago’s first and only national park, and says there were plenty of moving parks and actors involved in the $ 35 million effort to renovate the clock tower building and its 12 acres of land.

The main entrance to the reception center. Photo: AJ LaTrace.

“The land here belongs to the Pullman State Historic Site, which falls under the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, but the clock tower building is owned by the National Park Service,” she explains. “Construction started about 17 months ago and it hasn’t really been occupied since 1958 when Pullman left. “

But the new visitor center will have both a symbolic and tangible impact on the community, not only as a sign of new investment and rebirth, but also by promoting Pullman and the far south of Chicago as a destination for tourism and educational programming. Gage says the National Park Service estimates that when the site is fully redeveloped, the park could expect more than 300,000 visitors each year.

At present, the 10,000 square foot first floor of the Visitor Center is complete and ready for its debut, but there is still a 10,000 square foot second floor, the sprawling building wing on the side of the building and hull of the aft assembly shops which will also be built in the future. Gage says it remains to be seen how these spaces will be used.

“Immediately after the grand opening, the visitor center will be open seven days a week,” Gage said. “And we will be offering tours, both in the building and on the factory site, as the staff allow us to do, we are going to depend on some volunteers to be able to do some of these additional programs.”

Gage says his team currently consists of eight full-time National Park Service employees, but encourages anyone interested in the national monument to consider volunteering for tours and programming.

The old erection stores on the side of the building. Photo: AJ LaTrace.

Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI), which has been involved in virtually all new industrial and commercial developments at Pullman over the past decade, served as the site developer, coordinating with key stakeholders – the State of Illinois, the National Park Service, National Park Foundation and Historic Pullman Foundation – to oversee project construction and coordination between contractors.

David Doig, the chairman of CNI, said there would also be new jobs and increased economic output from the Pullman community, referring to a 2013 report by the city of Chicago and the CNI, which suggests that a presence in a national park in Pullman could help support the creation of 300 new jobs and more than $ 40 million in annual economic benefits for the neighborhood after the first decade.

“I think the message is that this is just the start,” Doig said of the completion of the first phase of the national monument site. “We get the welcome center, but there is still more to come. We need to create momentum around increasing the number of visitors, creating more attractions and creating more assets for the community.

A rendering shows what the site of the national monument could look like one day. Image via CNI.

The Doig team coordinated closely with Bauer Latoza Studio, who handled the design work, and general construction contractor GMA Construction Group, who carried out the renovation of the historic structure and built the new center space. reception on the first floor of the building.

Completing the work on such a large building presented challenges, said Cornelius Griggs, president and CEO of GMA. From fine details such as matching the color of the existing brick to more intensive work such as rearranging load-bearing steel brackets to open up the space, the construction team had to overcome many hurdles for the overhaul.

But beyond the technical aspects of the renovation, taking on the job was a professional and personal highlight, adds Griggs.

“It was a personal passion for me, as an African American entrepreneur in the city of Chicago, to be able to put my company name and my name on the revitalization of the Pullman National Monument and what it means for my heritage. , our culture, and to the Pullman Porters, ”he explains.“ For me, this is the highlight of my career so far, so I’m extremely excited about it and can’t wait to see it all. ‘inauguration.”

The Visitor Center offers a recreation of a Pullman Palace car. Photo: AJ LaTrace.
A showcase of historical objects related to Pullman Porters. Photo: AJ LaTrace.
A close up of the details of the brick and the skylight. Photo: AJ LaTrace.
Photo: AJ LaTrace
A rendering of the completed workers’ entrance on 111st Street. Image via CNI.

This article also appears in the October 2021 issue of the Illinois Real Estate Journal.