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December 2021

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

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

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

The project overlooks the polar park.

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

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

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

Exterior features

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

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

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

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

Neighbor of the polar park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lumber business owners seek to remove seven lots from existing site plan

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MOVED: Site improvement plans at the Tuckerton Lumber Co. location in Surf City include relocating storage media and divesting seven lots from its site plan. (Photo by Ryan Morrill)

Counsel for the new owners of Tuckerton Lumber Co. said his clients’ plans to divest seven lots from the current site plan and relocate storage shelves are the only land use changes planned at the site. of Surf City, located on both sides of Long Beach Boulevard. in the district.

Tom Coleman, a lawyer with Raymond, Coleman and Heinhold based in Moorestown, outlined the plans in a November 9 letter accompanying a request to the Surf City Land Use Board to change the current sitemap.

“The purpose of this modified preliminary and final site plan request is to remove Block 5, Lots 8, 10, 11 and 12, and Block 12, Lots 14 and 16, from the conditions of site plan approvals. granted in 1991 and 1993 ”, according to Coleman’s letter.

Those six lots, along with Block 12, Lot 23 will no longer be used by the Tuckerton Lumber Co., he said in the letter.

The company will operate from block 12, lots 18, 20 and 22 and block 19, according to the application filed by Coleman.

In the summary of the request, Coleman stated that the amended site plan request was a requirement of the temporary occupancy certificate issued in conjunction with his client’s acquisition of the property from Tuckerton Lumber Co. and a letter of June from Kevin Quinlan, counsel for the council, indicating that the document was necessary to remove the lots which are no longer part of the use of the company.

When an application is submitted, the land use board clerk reviews it to ensure administrative compliance before forwarding it to the engineer and council attorney for review. During his examination of the file, Frank Little, borough engineer, judged it “technically incomplete”.

In a Dec. 8 letter to Quinlan and Board Secretary Christine Hannemann, Little noted that the lots removed from the sitemap “support commercial use by providing employees with parking, equipment storage and office space and no information was provided to the board as to the intentions for the use or future development of the plots listed above and no details were provided to support the continued use of the business. “

Little has requested, at a minimum, the applicant to amend the plans and the application to identify all prior approved uses on the site map, as outlined in previous resolutions and approved site plans, according to his letter.

Coleman could not be reached for further comment at press time.

The lots proposed for divestiture are part of two earlier approvals by previous land use boards, one from 1991 and the other from January 1993, according to a June letter from Quinlan to Coleman.

In his letter, Quinlan noted that the conditions for the approval of the 1991 site plan were specifically incorporated in the January 1993 resolution granting a special-reason exemption for Lot 14, Block 12, referring to ” a substantial portion of the lot in question has been used in conjunction with the Applicant’s lumber business for over 40 years.

Tuckerton Lumber Co. was sold to new owners after an amended list attracted buyers who would keep the historic business open. Investment group TLC Land Holding LLC and new store operators Tom Dwier and Keli Lynch took ownership in July.

The Surf City building and grounds at 200 Long Beach Blvd. and the Railroad Avenue company in Tuckerton that predated it since 1932 were both included in the multi-million dollar purchase. They will both be kept in business, “as usual,” with a view of possible additions “to the next level” and “no plans for anything residential,” the new owners said at the time of the sale. .

– Gina G. Scala

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Jersey City Planning Council Approves Site Plan for Edge Works at SciTech Scity

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Design drawings and site plan for Edge Works, an eight-story business incubation center that will serve as the centerpiece for SciTech Scite, have been approved by the Jersey City Planning Council.

The planning board also approved the subdivision of the land into plots for two other key components of SciTech Scity: Liberty Science Center High School and Fellows’ Village.

SciTech Scity, the 30-acre “City of Tomorrow” under development by Freedom Science Center, is expected to have a huge impact on Jersey City and the state when it opens in late 2023 or early 2024. Edge Works will play a big part in this.

Edge Works will include the Co-Creation Center, a state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot conference center and cutting-edge technology exhibition gallery, and the Works, 60,000 square feet of research and development labs, workspaces and coworking offices for startups and entrepreneurs, as well as skunkworks suites, product showcases, consumer testing laboratories and offices for certain companies established in sectors of particular importance to the collective future of the planet.

The components of SciTech Scity

It’s easy – and awesome – to list the parts of SciTech Scity (see the full story here):

  • On-board work: An eight-story, 100,000-square-foot business incubation center that includes a conference center and research and development space for startups and established businesses;
  • Liberty Science Center High School: It aims to be the best STEM high school in the country;
  • Village of scholars: Residential housing for innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, STEM graduate students and anyone interested in being part of the SciTech Scity community;
  • Public municipalities: 4 acres of outdoor activations that encourage exploration, creativity, collaboration and innovation.

Liberty Science Center CEO Paul Hoffman said Edge Works would have a big impact.

“Edge Works will be a business optimizer, a new generation of innovation centers that maximizes business success and social impact,” he said. “Our goal is to bring together experts from multiple disciplines and harness science and technology to solve social problems and turn cutting-edge ideas into a reality that makes the world radically better. “

At the heart of the community, Edge Works will be interconnected with each of the elements of SciTech Scity: Liberty Science Center High School, Scholars Village and a Public Commons.

The planning board approval is the third recent major development for SciTech Scity.

On October 22, Governor Phil Murphy led a breakthrough at the site. It was also reported that Israel Sheba Medical Center, the largest hospital system in the Middle East and one of the top 10 hospitals in the world, will be Edge Works’ premier innovation partner and global tenant.

Subsequent phases of SciTech Scity may include expanded incubation spaces, wet labs, additional schools, a large university satellite campus, or other facilities to spur STEM innovation and job creation.

Traders in Bolton market are worried about the development plan of the “site”

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TRADERS continued to voice concerns about the possible disruption Bolton Council’s plans for market redevelopment could cause.

This comes after the authority released further details last week on plans to move a five-meter access road closer to the market and relocate waste units, which officials say will benefit the market. traders.

Bolton’s advice is hoping this will be a key aspect of a multi-million pound master plan to remake the area, but some traders have expressed skepticism about the long-term gains and disruption this work is likely to have. on their businesses.

Martin Farrimond, of Deli Boys, said: “This is going to have a significant effect on business as the area will become a construction site.

“The council must compensate the stand holders for the reduced business.”

He added: “The Bolton Market is of great value to the city, but the council doesn’t seem to understand that being a trader is a tough life.

“The proposed development also has value, but not at the expense of traders who throw in the towel, you can’t sell a product if you don’t get traffic.

“The Bolton Council is cutting back attendance in pursuit of their dreams.

“They have to take care of the market traders and compensate during this period of development.

“If they don’t, in the next few years there won’t be a Bolton Market, another broken piece of history.”

Mr Farrimond also added that the threat of parking fines could deter customers from visiting the market.

He said, “Why would customers pay parking fees when they can shop in large supermarkets and stores for free?

“This, combined with the pandemic, makes life very difficult for traders. ”

But the council said the plans will ultimately improve the trade.

A spokesperson said: “We are working to minimize the impact on the parking lot and for customers in the market.

“We will create a new public space that can be used for additional parking or for events and will also facilitate pedestrian access to markets, thus increasing footfall and commerce. ”

Site plan agreement for manufacturing plant in Palmerston conditionally approved

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MINTO – A site plan agreement for a new manufacturing facility in the Palmerston Industrial Park was conditionally approved by city council on December 7.

In May, the board approved the purchase by the Hammond Manufacturing Company of Guelph of a 13-acre property at 215 Minto Road for $ 520,000.

In 2016, the property went through a provincial certification process and was considered a certified industrial site.

The company, which manufactures electrical and electronic enclosures and components for the North American and global markets, has announced development plans in stages, with a first-phase investment of between $ 15 million and $ 20 million.

Phase two would involve the construction of a second factory to be built on site to produce metal stampings.

“So this one is pretty exciting,” said Ashley Sawyer, Minto planning technician.

The site plan agreement is for the first phase, which measures approximately 100,000 square feet.

“It’s a one-story manufacturing plant with offices as well. Initially it will employ 25-30 people and there are plans to grow and hire more in the next phase, ”Sawyer told the board.

“The second phase is also proposed on the drawings and this site plan would be presented again for review at a later date. “

Sawyer said county planning staff, city staff and Triton Engineering have all reviewed the plan, “and we are now happy to recommend approval of the site plan deal.”

“We’re just waiting for the review of the County (Department) Road Traffic Impact Statement we received and just waiting for their comments,” Sawyer said.

“The owners will have one year from the date of occupancy of the building to complete all the work required in the site plan agreement, with the exception of the asphalt work, which will be required within the following two years. the paving of this part of Minto. Road, but at the end of the day we recommend approval, ”she said.

Council passed a motion to receive the planning technician’s report and conditionally approve the site plan agreement.

“It’s just great to see this happening,” said Mayor George Bridge.

Marina Village Site Plan Gains Suisun Planning Commission Approval

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SUISUN CITY — The Planning Commission approved the site plan and architectural review application in a 4-0 vote Tuesday to build 160 apartments on the southeast corner of Marina Boulevard and Buena Vista Avenue.

There are two vacancies on the committee.

The Marina Village Apartments project is described as a 100% affordable housing development.

It will provide affordable rental housing reserved for households earning between 30 and 70% of the territory’s median income.

The development will consist of nine three-storey garden-style residential buildings, a community building and a laundry building.

The majority of public commentators were concerned about how the development would affect traffic in this area. Many motorists take Buena Vista Avenue to Marina Boulevard to access Highway 12.

During commute and school hours, traffic may be slow on Buena Vista and Railroad Avenue.

The main access to the site will be located next to the management office, along the western edge of the site, connected to Marina Boulevard by a right-hand driveway only.

Secondary access to the site will be located at the northeast corner of the development, connected to Buena Vista Avenue by a new driveway. An eastbound right-turn pocket is included at the proposed Buena Vista Avenue entrance.

“Marina Boulevard already has a lot of traffic,” said George Guynn. “It will get more serious with 160 units and maybe three to four cars per unit.”

He suggested the city focus more on commercial development than housing.

Marina Village is the first project to be reviewed under the city’s new Good Neighbor Policy, designed to ensure that reasonably calculated procedures are in place to ensure that the premises are kept quiet, safe and clean and surroundings.

“This project is only good for developers,” said Steve Olry. “I’d rather live next to a juvenile detention center (than this project).”

A traffic study found that the average vehicle delay on Marina Boulevard at Buena Vista Avenue is expected to exceed conditions by 5 seconds or more.

It offered two upgrade options:

• Maintain stop control in all directions and add a northbound right-turn pocket.
• Build a traffic light.

Donna LeBlanc was concerned that there were only three designated waste areas. This was the number recommended by the Services of the Republic.

Marina Village is a Solano affordable housing project that will be paid for with federal and state money, said Don Harris of Solano Affordable Housing.

“This is not a Section 8 project,” Harris said. “The income limits are checked annually.”

Learn more about the project at www.solanohousing.org.

Limerick students enjoy the learning-by-doing experience when developing the Opera site

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Students at UNIVERSITY of Limerick had the opportunity to gain real-time experience on one of Ireland’s most exciting construction projects.

UL civil engineering students took on the role of engineering consultants at Limerick’s Twenty Thirty Opera Square.

The 35 students based their integrated design project on development as part of their third year course.

The students had to complete the civil and structural design of the “One Opera Square” building at the Opera project site, a six-story office building above the basement on Michael Street.

Some of the tasks that needed to be performed included professional practice elements such as structural analysis, risk and health and safety assessments, surveying including geotechnical soil profiles, field testing and in the soil laboratory and the development of a mobility management plan for the Opera project. .

Course leader for the project, Declan Phillips, said: “UL’s Civil Engineering program uses an exclusively ‘learning by doing’ approach to prepare the next generation of engineers. This partnership with Limerick Twenty Thirty is a prime example.

Mr Phillips added: “Opera Square is one of the most anticipated and exciting projects underway in Ireland and it has been a huge advantage to be able to get our students to base their IDP on it. We have received great support from the Limerick Twenty Thirty team, Cogent Associates project managers and SISK entrepreneurs, and the experience students gain will be invaluable to them, especially as they prepare for their co-op internship.

If a civil engineering student had to choose a project they would like to work on, Opera would measure up because of its scale, complexity, and ambition. It was a great experience for them.

David Conway, CEO of Limerick Twenty Thirty, said: “We were delighted to help UL with this project. Opera Square has everything and more that civil engineering students would want to explore.

“These students will be the civil engineers of tomorrow and it is essential that the sector has the flow of graduates to support the activity, so it is important for us in this regard also to be able to support initiatives like this. UL’s civil engineering program has an excellent reputation and being one of our local universities, this is something we are delighted to have collaborated on.

After a presentation to the speakers and representatives of Limerick Twenty Thirty, awards were given for the best team design presentation, best site assessment, best geotechnical design and best structural design.

Marina Village site plan obtains approval from Suisun Planning Commission

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SUISUN CITY – The Planning Commission on Tuesday approved the site plan and the architectural review request by a 4-0 vote for the construction of 160 apartments at the southeast corner of Marina Boulevard and Buena Vista Avenue.

There are two positions to be filled within the commission.

The Marina Village Apartments project is described as a 100% affordable housing development.

It will provide affordable rental housing reserved for households earning 30 to 70% of the region’s median income.

The development will include nine three-storey garden-style residential buildings, a community building and a laundry room.

The majority of public commentators were concerned about how the development would affect traffic in this area. Many motorists take Buena Vista Avenue to Marina Boulevard to access Highway 12.

During commuting and school hours, traffic may flow onto Buena Vista and Railroad Avenue.

The main access to the site will be located next to the management office, along the western edge of the site, linked to Boulevard Marina by an alley on the right only.

Secondary access to the site will be located at the northeast corner of the development, connecting to Buena Vista Avenue through a new driveway. An eastbound right-hand turn pocket is included in the proposed driveway on Buena Vista Avenue.

“Marina Boulevard already has a lot of traffic,” said George Guynn. “It will get more severe with 160 units and maybe three to four cars per unit.”

He suggested the city focus more on business development than housing.

Marina Village is the first project to be considered under the city’s new Good Neighbor Policy, designed to ensure that procedures in place are reasonably calculated to ensure that the premises remain calm, safe and clean. and the surrounding area.

“This project is only good for developers,” said Steve Olry. “I’d rather live next to a juvenile detention center (than this project). “

A traffic study found that the average vehicle delay on Marina Boulevard at Buena Vista Avenue is expected to exceed conditions by 5 seconds or more.

It offered two options for improvement:

• Maintain control of stops in all directions and add a pocket of northbound right turns.
• Build a traffic light.

Donna LeBlanc was concerned that there were only three designated waste areas. This was the number recommended by the services of the Republic.

Marina Village is a Solano affordable housing project that will be funded by federal and state funds, said Don Harris of Solano Affordable Housing.

“This is not a Section 8 project,” said Harris. “The income limits are checked every year. “

Learn more about the project on www.solanohousing.org.

Hartford Commission Approves Taphouse Site Plan | Business

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HARTFORD – The Planning Commission on Monday approved the site plan for the Rubi Falls Taphouse.

HARTFORD – The Common Council last week approved a developer agreement with YUMI Enterprises, paving the way for a faucet in the basement of the Millstream building.

The commission unanimously approved the site plan, which provided for the space of the outdoor patio which will be part of the tap room. The Rubi Falls Taphouse is located in the basement of the Millstream Building at 120 N. Main St.

City planner Justin Drew told the commission it’s about 800 square feet of space, where the business will have seating, umbrellas, and a bar with riverside seating.

“Because this affects the overall appearance of the building, it must be submitted to the Planning Commission,” said Drew.

“The staff think this looks very appropriate and will be very inviting,” he said.

The outdoor area of ​​the beer garden will be used for live music on weekends, depending on the sitemap application, as well as seating in general. The site plan also included a fence along the east side of the outdoor rest area and a raised planter to the east of the fence, near the river.

According to the commission’s discussions, the name Rubi Falls comes from the Rubicon River, in reference to the river and the falls adjacent to the new venture. A company representative at the meeting said that name is the one they are currently working with, but it is not yet officially finalized.

Rubi Falls Taphouse had a conditional use permit approved by the Planning Commission in November. Late last month, the joint council also approved a developer agreement for the property, under which the developer can receive up to $ 126,109 over five years from the city to help with the project.

Funding will come from the company’s own taxes, which the city will reimburse. The arrangement is feasible because the Millstream Building, where the business will be built, is in a supplementary tax financial district.

In a TID, the new tax increase created from a new development or redevelopment is fed back into the district in various ways, rather than being collected by tax jurisdictions.

With those items already approved, the site plan was the last step required for the faucet to continue development, according to Drew.

The Modern Austin Receives Funding and Site Development Permit in Same Week

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AUSTIN, Texas, December 16, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Last week marked two major milestones for Austin-based Urbanspace Real Estate + Interiors’ 56-story condo tower, The Modern Austin Residences, located at 610 Davis St, Austin, TX . The Modern has closed construction financing and has a site development permit in hand, the final two steps required to proceed with this development.

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The Modern Austin Residences, a 56-story tower has closed its financing with Peregren Capital Group (Graphic: Binyan)

Kevin Burns, founder of local real estate and design firm Urbanspace, will develop the project with more than $300 million in funding from Peregren Capital Group. Although this deal marks Peregren’s first construction financing in Austin, co-founder and managing partner Tucker Hughes financed several condo deals in Austin before launching Peregren with co-founder Tripp Taylor. Two of these high-profile projects include The Seaholm Residences and The Independent, which were each sold by Urbanspace as their exclusive sales and marketing team. Hughes commented, “Kevin and the Urbanspace team know the Austin condo market better than anyone, and after working with them on Seaholm and The Independent, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to associate with them more prominently on The Modern.The design, lifestyle, location and views coupled with the experienced team Urbanspace has assembled make this a dream build for every future resident who will call home modern.”

Sales of the tower will begin in late Q1 2022. Consisting of floor plans ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms, with prices ranging from $400 to $5M+, The Modern Austin has already surpassed 2,000 inquiries for its 346-fare market since the project was announced to market earlier this year. Kevin Burns remarked, “Although Austin’s development process was long, our team had the synergy and experience to keep this project on pace while taking our past experiences and creating a building that, we know, will be best in class. We are creating a new standard for condo living in Austin and with the owner always in mind. As a condo dweller myself for 20 years, I wanted to ensuring the team pays attention to every detail, and I’m privileged to work with such great partners. Urbanspace has worked with thousands of condo owners over the past two decades, and they know it’s our passion, which sparked interest as well as the Austin market in general.The Modern’s other partners and consultants include: Nelsen Partners – Design Architect, Page – Architect of Record and Flintco – General Contractor.

The Modern’s grand opening will take place immediately after SXSW, allowing Container Bar and Bungalow, which currently occupy the venues, to operate until mid-March. Bridget Dunlap, owner of Container Bar, will open a new concept in the basement of Modern. Urbanspace will open its third hospitality concept, yet to be named, but similar to its first, Codependent Cocktails + Coffee, on the ground floor. Their second hospitality concept, Bacalar, which will open in the first quarter of 2023, will be located down the street on the ground floor of 44 East Ave, another project for which Urbanspace Real Estate handled sales and development. marketing.

As part of the agreement between The Modern Austin Residences and the City of Austin, the project will contribute more than $1 million to the city’s Affordable Housing Fund, provide 21 affordable housing units on-site, and contribute more than $500,000 $ to the Trail Foundation.

For more information on Modern Austin Residences, please visit ModernAustinResidences.com

Images of modern Austin residences are available HERE. (Rendering image credit to Binyan)

About Urbanspace

Urbanspace Real Estate + Interiors was created out of Kevin Burns’ passion for living the urban Austin lifestyle. Born from an entrepreneurial vision to develop an on-the-ground real estate company that could uniquely provide turnkey solutions to the needs of downtown and urban core residents, Urbanspace paved the way for downtown development. as the first real estate in the urban core. service provider since 2000. Urbanspace has grown into a turnkey living solution, offering residential and commercial real estate brokerage services, condo project marketing, development, interior design, furniture showroom with over 100 lines, premium moving services and hospitality concepts. Leveraging the breadth of local knowledge, years of experience, a keen sense of international design and a shared desire to live the urban lifestyle, Urbanspace has been driving the growth of real estate and design of Austin’s urban core for more than two decades. For more information about Urbanspace Real Estate + Interiors, visit urbanspacelifestyle.com.

About Peregren

Peregren Capital Group is an institution-backed mortgage investment firm that invests across the United States, focusing on the Western, Central and Southern regions. Peregren was formed in early 2020 by Tucker Hughes and Tripp Taylor, both formerly of Bank OZK and Axos Bank, with a focus on various home equity investments including whole loans, mezzanine loans and preferred stock investments . The firm typically focuses on complex, large-scale loan opportunities of at least $100 million, with a preference for much larger positions. Peregren invests or lends on all types of property, including apartments, condos, SFRs, offices, retail, industrial, hotels and land developments. The founders bring two decades of construction and bridging lending experience to the business, with particular expertise in complex development and repositioning operations. Peregren’s managing partner, Tucker Hughes, was previously Country Head of Commercial Real Estate at Axos Bank and prior to that was Managing Director and Head of CRE Lending for Western and Central Regions at Bank OZK ( formerly Bank of the Ozarks). Peregren has offices in Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA. Additional information about Peregren can be found at peregren.com.

About Page

With roots dating back to 1898, Page provides architectural, interiors, planning, consulting and engineering services in the United States and around the world. The company’s diverse international portfolio encompasses the healthcare, education, government, and science and technology sectors, as well as municipal, corporate and urban housing projects. Page has more than 650 employees in offices in Austin, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Houston, Mexico City, Phoenix, San Francisco and Washington, DC Learn more about the company at pagethink.com.

About Flintco

Flintco was founded in 1908 and has seven full-service offices in Austin, Denver, Houston, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Springdale, AR and Tulsa. We offer pre-construction, construction management, design-build, project and program management with self-execution capability, including concrete, miscellaneous steel, and foundation excavations. Flintco applies Lean principles and practices to improve historically low labor productivity rates in construction. Adopting a corporate initiative called Flintco 4 LIFE – Live Incident Free Everyday – informs our approach to safety and our culture. For more information about Flintco, please visit www.flintco.com

About Nelsen Partners

For more than 30 years, the leaders of Nelsen Partners have worked together on projects in the United States and around the world, providing architectural, interiors, planning and urban design services for projects ranging from developments mixed-use and planned urban centers, retail. developments, office buildings, residential towers, hotels, performance halls and restaurants.

With over 50 million square feet of design and construction work completed worldwide, Nelsen Partners’ breadth of experience and passion for design enables us to continue creating sustainable architecture and legacy developments. for our customers.

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A Houston-based developer had its site plan approved for a 239-unit condominium project at last week’s planning and zoning commission meeting.

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Function illustration: Artist’s rendering of the condo project proposed by Johnson Design Group.

Posted: 12-142021

by Art Benavidez

Fredericksburg (Gillespie County) –A Houston-based development company had its site plan approved for a 239-unit condominium project at last week’s planning and zoning commission meeting.

The 13.74-acre property is an undeveloped parcel located at 802 and 812 Friendship Lane in the northwest part of town.

Jonathan Boursey with Urban planner United States intends to develop Fredericksburg Botanical in two phases.

Artist’s rendering of the interior of a condo unit.

VEI Consulting Engineersof Fredericksburg, published a site map that shows:

  • A mix of 171 one-bedroom units and 68 two-bedroom units/two-car garages ranging in size from 900 to 1,100 square feet.
  • dog park
  • Playground
  • Amenity Center
  • Two retention basins
  • A kitchen pavilion at the intersection of two interior streets
  • 61.5% Waterproof Coverage

The planned garage and surface parking total 392 spaces on the site plan. Access to the development would be from Friendship Lane and Sunrise Street.

All interior streets must be 26 feet wide.

Based in Houston Johnson Design Groupis on board the project.

The recommendation will now await city approval at an upcoming city council meeting.

VBX Project ID: 2021-8764


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Hamburg Housing PUD receives final site plan approval

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December 10, 2021

By Mike Kruzman / [email protected]

Officials from the Canton of Hamburg have approved a new residential development.

The board of directors reviewed the final site plan for the development of the planned mixed unit of Murie Glen, as part of its meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The site is located on approximately 49 acres between the Mystic Ridge Subdivision to the west and Merill Road to the east. Access points would include Thompson Road, an existing upgraded private road and a proposed connection to an existing stretch of Shadbrush Trail, according to a note in the council meeting file.

Fifty-one single-family homes will populate the development, using the Open Space and Senior Housing Regulations, or ECHO. ECHO units will be reserved for residents aged 55 and over. Planning and Zoning Director Chris Madigan told the board that the parallel plan showed they could get closer to the number of units they wanted, but ultimately needed the PUD designation to build. the last. The parallel plan suggested that 47 units could fit. Madigan said that before and before his arrival, city council approved the additional 4 units because they felt the project met the exemplary qualifications needed to achieve the bonus density.

The project was submitted to the Board of Directors with a recommendation for approval, subject to 8 conditions. Madigan said these conditions are quite common, being related to things like trees and trails. Trustee Patricia Hughes had concerns about the private road easement and wanted to see a maintenance agreement, which Madigan said was currently with the township lawyer.

The board approved the final site plan 6-1, with Hughes voting against. Staff will now work with their attorney to deliver the final development agreement to the board for final approval.

Untapped Potential in Air Taxi Landing Site Development

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Prior to Uber Air’s announcement that Melbourne had been chosen as the third official pilot city for its “flying taxi” fleet, Skyportz had argued that Australia was a global leader in the emerging clean, green and sustainable air taxi industry. electrical.

McKinsey predicts the industry will be worth more than $1 trillion by 2040 and the race to gain commercial type certification for these new planes is well underway.

Some of the biggest aviation companies in the world have flying prototypes, including Boeing, Bell, Airbus and Embraer.

Automakers such as Hyundai, Toyota and Rolls Royce are also in the running as well as new aviation disruptors such as Joby, Lilium, Volocopter, Archer and Electra Aero.

The investment in the leading aircraft amounts to almost $10 billion and there is no doubt that some of the more than 300 start-ups will be certified over the next few years.

However, the missing piece of the puzzle is where these planes will land.

To realize their potential, we need these planes to land in places where helicopters can’t – think of business parks, manufacturing centers, industrial lands, shopping malls, parking lots and possibly the rooftops of cities.

Skyportz has quietly amassed a stable of over 400 locations across Australia in partnership with various industrial and commercial property players such as Secure Parking.

These sites are ready to be activated as soon as land use planning rules allow it.

In a major boost for the booming industry in Australia, the Federal Government and the Victorian Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week to foster the long-term growth of the advanced air mobility industry for passengers and freight.

DDRB approves sitemap for One Riverside – The Resident Community News Group, Inc.

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The Jacksonville Downtown Development Review Board has approved the site plan for the One Riverside development. The 18.84-acre mixed-use development will be on the former Times-Union Building site.

Fuqua Development’s plans include a grocery store, retail stores, a restaurant accessible from the Riverwalk, 271 initial residential units, and a parking garage. He also diverts and lights McCoy’s Creek and builds a public park between the creek and the CSX railroad. The width of the stream will also decrease from 40 feet to 80 feet.

The estimated cost of the project is approximately $ 182.2 million.

Ease of public access to the park and Riverwalk has been a key requirement of the DDRB and the Downtown Investment Authority. The park will also be accessible from the Riverwalk.

The project is expected to be built in two phases with a second residential complex after the stream diversion. The plans include several pedestrian and public art areas.

The pedestrian-friendly planning is in conjunction with the construction of the Jacksonville Emerald Trail.

DDRB board member Matt Brockelman said he believes the sitemap is a good balance of combining what’s desired with what’s practical.

“Sometimes it’s a little too easy for us to get stuck in the weeds,” he said. “I think we hit a pretty good balance. I don’t think we can stress enough the importance of this project for the riparian activation effort.

Council members asked for some minor adjustments to make sure the pedestrian areas and walkways were wide enough for what should be a lot of traffic.

Fuqua spokesperson Cyndy Trimmer said that wouldn’t be a problem and that they wanted to make One Riverside as pedestrian-friendly as possible.

The project includes approximately $ 31.5 million in incentives offered by the city. This bill is currently in the hands of the municipal council. If everything is approved, the grand opening could take place early next year after the old Times-Union building was demolished in April. The second phase could start around 2025.

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Gaithersburg Approves Initial Site Plan for Novavax Campus

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Gaithersburg City Council unanimously approved a schematic development plan, or initial site plan, for the future Novavax corporate campus at 14 Firstfield Road on Monday.

The campus includes more than 600,000 square feet of office, laboratory, manufacturing, and research and development space in two buildings, according to the plan. It also provides a reception center, a central green space and a car park.

The campus is adjacent to the existing building at 700 Quince Orchard Road, where Novavax will also occupy space.

Sam Copelan, a city planner, told council Monday evening that the plan also includes a pedestrian bridge connecting the two buildings on the campus.

Copelan said about a third of Novavax employees will work on campus full time, another third will be remote and the rest will have a “hybrid” schedule both remotely and in person.

Gaithersburg executives have been optimistic about expanding Novavax’s presence in the city, as the company works to develop its own COVID-19 vaccine, joining the existing three.

Novavax has applied for emergency clearance for the use of the vaccine in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and plans to do so in the US next year, a company executive told NPR last week.

Mayor Jud Ashman on Monday called the expansion of Novavax’s presence “a victory for the city of Gaithersburg”. The two new city council members elected last month, Lisa Henderson and Jim McNulty, were also enthusiastic.

“Prior to our election to the board, we talked a lot about the Gaithersburg world-class biotech corridor, and it will be a crown jewel of this corridor,” McNulty said.

Henderson said she was in awe of the beauty of the campus as depicted in the map and that she is delighted that it is within walking distance of a nearby shopping center.

“All the hard work that has been done, Jim and I can celebrate and enjoy the beauty of this,” she said.

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Development of Thatcham Traveler caravan site prevented by injunction

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An injunction has been granted to prevent the development of a Thatcham Traveler caravan site.

West Berkshire Council won the interim injunction that limits “any further unauthorized development to remain in place” at Lawrences Lane.

This limits the arrival of more caravans in the area and residential occupancy.

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The controversial plans called for seven Traveler pitches with seven static caravans, seven-day rooms and seven touring caravans.

Nine reasons for refusing the plans were found by council bosses, including failing to provide a water supply and concerns about the site’s effect on a ‘sensitive rural area’.

There were also concerns about the “increased risk of accidents for road users” caused by a “non-compliant road”.

The plans received 287 letters of objection from members of the public.

West Berkshire Council issued an injunction in August to prevent unauthorized development on the land.

What does the injunction say?

The extension of the injunction, granted on December 8, states that “no residential occupancy will be permitted” beyond what was agreed in the previous order.

No more transportable structures or waste can be brought onto the site, including caravans.

The injunction also stops any other work being undertaken that would violate planning law.

Violation of the new order could result in contempt of court, punishable by fine, imprisonment or seizure of assets.

The order said the defendants had to leave the field by April 8, 2022 if they did not appeal.

West Berkshire Council said it “will continue to monitor activity on the site in relation to the new requirements set out by the court”.

The council will wait for the filing of the appeal against the refused planning application no later than February 8, 2022.



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“The case is not closed”

Councilor Richard Somner, executive member for planning, transport and countryside at West Berkshire Council, said ‘this order is the next big step in ensuring that no further unauthorized planning development takes place’.

“If the defendants are unsuccessful on appeal, this will also secure the end of residential occupation of the land within two months of the appeal being closed,” Cllr Somner said.

He added that “the council’s actions to date have been successful in limiting the extent and impact of unauthorized development on the site”.

He added: “Although the deal was not done, council acted quickly. The planning appeal process will now guide the next steps, the timelines of which will be advised by the council inspectorate. ‘town planning.’

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Planners will review the revised site plan for 99 Main Street.

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The Genesee County Planning Council is expected to review on Thursday a revised site plan submitted by smartDESIGN Architecture for exterior modifications to 99 Main St., Batavia – the future site of the Buffalo Implants and Periodontics office.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at County Building 2 on West Main Street Road.

According to documents submitted by project manager Todd Audsley, further changes in the design and elevation of the facade are required due to issues with product availability and subcontractors.

Specifically, the new plan calls for the construction of an “on-site built wood-frame storefront wrapped in exterior fracture metal, with a metal standing seam bypassing the line of the second story, which forms a small hood on the floor. above the recessed entrance ”.

The original concept was an aluminum storefront with a fabric awning over the recessed door.

County planning staff recommend approval of the overhaul as it still meets the design guidelines of the City of Batavia in the Central Business District (C-3).

The $ 1.1 million renovation and restoration of the historic three-story, 7,500 square foot building is part of the downtown New York State revitalization initiative. The dental office is on the first floor while the second floor is being developed for commercial offices and the third floor will consist of two two-bedroom apartments at market price.

Another reference to note on Thursday’s agenda is a site plan review and a special use permit application for an Amherst company to erect two wind turbines at 2311 Bennett Road in the town. by Darien.

Whitecap Electric, LLC, is looking to install a pair of wind turbines up to 2.5 megawatts each with a total height of approximately 450 feet. The bottom of the blade would be more than 30 feet above any obstruction within a 250 foot radius.

The $ 6 million project is intended to comply with the 5 megawatt cap for net metering in New York City and will be connected to the grid as part of the Community Distributed Generation (CDG) compensation scheme.

County planning staff recommend approval with changes focused on an appropriate decommissioning plan, visual impact study and bird analysis, stormwater pollution prevention plan, and application for verification of address 9-1-1 with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo: Revised facade design at 99 Main St., Batavia. Courtesy of the Genesee County Planning Department.

Amazon’s second plant begins site development in Schodack, neighbors still worried

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Zoning plans for a second Amazon facility at Schodack with 400 jobs have been approved by the city, and site work to clean up the 56-acre plot on Route 150 is underway. The 278,000-square-foot warehouse and truck terminal the company hopes to build is currently undergoing a final review by the city’s construction department.

Gary Ziegler, home inspector and code enforcement officer for Schodack, said the department is awaiting a response from engineers and some questions still remain unresolved.

The property has obtained a site development permit, according to Nadine Fuda, the city’s director of planning and zoning, who said a final approval from the building department could take two to three weeks depending on the process. of the exam. However, the site is already being cleaned up.

The planning department noted that Amazon aims to complete construction by fall 2022 and then hire around 400 people there.

The company’s existing distribution center employs approximately 1,000 full people.


Fuda said St. Louis-based general contractor ARCO was chosen to oversee the development of the property, but a local preparation company was added to the mix. Amazon leases the property to Scannell Properties, a private real estate development company headquartered in Indiana. Land records show that Scannell Properties purchased the land from Snook Materials Group LLC for $ 2.79 million.

Scannell Properties declined to comment on the construction. An Amazon spokesperson said the company could not comment on its potential plans.

This project marks Amazon’s second company in the region. The multinational giant built a 1 million square foot distribution center on Route 9 in 2020.

The soon-to-be-developed land is located close to highways 9 and 20 across from the Birchwood Estates neighborhood. The neighborhood owners association opposed the first construction but failed to block it.

Fuda said she had not received any recent complaints from the association or neighbors. Robert Jansing, a member of the Birchwood Association, however, said he and others remained “concerned” about the next distribution center.

Noisy land clearing, long-term effects on the city’s drinking water, and increased traffic and accidents are among the association’s concerns regarding the new facility. Jansing said lost tractor-trailers made illegal U-turns in the neighborhood, smashed lawns, caused property damage and woke residents from their sleep while slamming over speed bumps in the parking lot at night.

“No one expected to live sandwiched between two huge facilities when they bought their home,” Jansing said. “The owners are the ones who face the daily problems. Building another and dealing with construction noise for months is impractical, but safety and quality of life should not be compromised.

“The Association will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that the conditions for approval are met and will consult with representation if (the) need arises,” he added.

Gloversville Planning Board approves site plan for $ 20 million project

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Ken Kearney, owner of the Kearney Reality Group, discusses the site plan for the Glove City Lofts artist housing project at 52 Church Street in front of the Gloversville Planning Council on the night of Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Planning Council has approved the Kearney Realty Group’s 75-unit, 75-unit “Glove City Lofts” site plan at 51 Church Street as a result of ‘a public hearing Tuesday evening.

Tanyalynnette Grimes, President and CEO of Micropolis Development Group, was the only person to speak at the public hearing. She asked if the Glove City lofts, if built, would be used for “low-rental housing” or “Section 8” housing.

“Are there any clarifications [of the income levels of the prospective tenants of the building] in the site plans, since it is in a superimposed historic district, and with regard to the businesses of the city center? ” she asked.

Fulton County planner Sean Geraghty, who advises the planning council, said Kearney’s site plan request included clarification of the income requirements of potential tenants.

“If you want to come and review the application, you are more than welcome to do so. You can do it here in town or I have a copy at the county planning department, ”Geraghty said. “Generally speaking, public hearings are not question-and-answer sessions. This really is an opportunity for the public to tell the Planning Board something they don’t know about the application, but yes the applicants have been very thorough in explaining the types of tenants they will have in the application. these buildings and how they will qualify.

Ken Kearney, owner of the Kearney Realty Group, said his company would claim about $ 1.1 million in income-tested federal housing tax credits granted by the New York State Office for Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) to build the Glove City Lofts Complex.

Kearney explained the income rules required by the federal tax credit program used to help fund the project in October. He said he expects one-bedroom income-based apartments to cost around $ 665 in rent per month, while two-bedroom income-based apartments will cost around $ 775. He said “middle income” units will have higher rents, perhaps up to 20% more. He said the federal tax credit program doesn’t want any of the tenants to pay more than 30% of their income for rent.

After the public hearing, Kearney’s developer Parkview Development & Construction asked Gloversville town planning council to waive the city’s six-month requirement to begin construction after site plan approval , and to extend it to 18 months, in order to give the company enough time to obtain the financing necessary for the construction of the complex without having to come back several times to the town planning council for extensions.

The planning council consensus agreed to the extension of the deadline and the president of the planning council, Geoffrey Peck, requested that the 18-month deadline be entered in the minutes.

Following the hearing, Kearney said Glove City Lofts now had all of the local approvals it needed to build the project, including the correct zoning.

In July, it was revealed at a planning council meeting that the 3-acre lot at 51 Church Street had been zoned from commercial to a parcel zoned for manufacturing in 2015. The zoning issue presented a problem. potential for the major project, but city officials have since discovered that the zoning was changed in 2018.

Peck said the zoning change in 2018 did not go in the normal way, with the joint council bypassing the review by the city’s planning council.
“They just didn’t go through all the procedures,” Geraghty added.

“We made a note in the minutes of last month’s meeting [in November] this [the rezoning of 51 Church St.] had not been presented to the Planning Council under standard procedure, but the statute of limitations had expired, so it had become law, ”Peck said.

The Glove City Lofts project also requested $ 1 million as part of Gloversville’s request for the $ 10 million downtown revitalization initiative in 2021. On Tuesday evening, Kearney said he hoped Gloversville would win the DRI competition for the Mohawk Valley, which he says will be announced soon.

“If the DRI materializes, if the city succeeds, the other two [apartment building projects from my company that received DRI funding in other cities] in the Mohawk Valley, Oneonta and Rome… they were both priority projects in these [successful] DRI plans, ”Kearney said. “[Those DRI grant awards] brought these projects to the top for consideration by UNHCR [for the federal tax credits]. It is hope here.

Kearney has said in the past that the project in Gloversville could be delayed for a year if Gloversville does not receive the DRI, but on Tuesday night he said he believed he would win it.

“I have never been more optimistic about a DRI plan than with this one,” he said.

Site plan recommendations for the new Mount Forest grocery store will be presented to council

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NORTH WELLINGTON – The final recommendation report for a new Sobeys Motherland in Mount Forest will be presented to council on Monday.

The proponent and the applicant have submitted a revised site plan which includes a proposed intersection with signage, a revised internal parking lot design and a proposed separate entrance for horses and strollers from Industrial Drive. The proposed site plan was accompanied by an updated traffic report.

The revised presentation was provided in response to departmental and agency comments.

Planning staff have reviewed the revised site plan and found it to be in accordance with provincial policy and consistent with the Wellington County Official Plan.

The proposed site plan location is at 503 and 515 Main Street, where the beer store and Peavey Mart are located on the property and are expected to remain.

Similar to the previous version of the sitemap, the revised sitemap includes:

The proposed changes are as follows:

Stormwater management is the primary concern of the report, as stormwater drainage flows through the affected property.

Currently, the Applicant is working with Waste Management to secure a drainage easement across the property. The easement will need to be secured / permanently established prior to approval of the site plan for the grocery store and restaurant.

The board is to decide whether or not the developer should continue with the proposed development at Monday’s meeting.

Site map of the City OKs pharmacy, commercial use of the land in the north

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Mayor Gregg Hull shows the US and city flags of Rio Rancho. . Martinez, a Rio Ranchoan, asked Hull to send the flags and then presented them at the Rio Rancho board meeting on Thursday. Photo by Argen Duncan.

Rio Rancho board members approved a site plan for a prep pharmacy and opened land near the intersection of North and Unser boulevards for retail during their meeting Thursday night at the ‘city Hall.

They approved the site plan and the land use change unanimously, with Councilor Jeremy Lenentine absent and Mayor Gregg Hull therefore voting.

For the land use zoning change, the 2.2 acres in question are along Northern Boulevard just east of Unser Boulevard with Eric Road being the eastern boundary.

The lots to the immediate south, east and west are undeveloped R-1 lots, lower density single-family residential zoning, according to a city map. A mid-density single-family housing neighborhood and commercial development with a Walgreens pharmacy and Speedway gas station are across from north to north.

Entrepreneur and developer Dawn Davide said she has built homes nearby and invested in the area.

“And hopefully we can bring some development to this area which was never going to be a residential development anyway,” she said.

In their request to change the area, she and her business partner Linda DeFillippo said the change would bring more commerce to the city, while still allowing the busy intersection to remain consistent with existing businesses.

Sharon Alire, a resident of the neighborhood across the North, opposed the change of area.

“Heavy traffic is already a hindrance, and there are so many accidents just below this space where there is no left turn in our neighborhood,” she wrote in a comment letter. . “Adding more traffic to the retail space will only increase the traffic there.”

She was the only member of the audience to comment.

As for the site map, this is a new larger location for the Olive Tree Compounding Pharmacy at 1713 Wellspring Ave. It consists of three buildings, totaling approximately 7,600 square feet, with 46 parking spaces and five bicycle spaces on just over an acre of land.

The pharmacy, one of the few pharmacies in the state, according to architect Doug Heller, now has a smaller, rented location on Westside and Unser Boulevard. Heller said the larger building at the new site will have two tenants and the third building will be built in the future if the landlord finds the right tenant.

He said the pharmacy owner and Itsa Italian Ice owner, who were planning to go to the neighboring lot, agreed that they would have a common entrance to Itsa’s property. City Councilor Paul Wymer wanted approval of the site plan to be made conditional on this agreement being delivered in writing to the city.

The governing body approved this amendment and the plan.

In another case, the governing body approved the American Rescue Plan Act’s $ 360,000 set aside for a home repair program.

“We have an aging housing stock in Rio Rancho,” City Manager Matt Geisel said, adding that homes built in the 1960s often need repairs and many people have a fixed income.

The program would be administered by a nonprofit Homewise and would provide up to $ 25,000 per home in forgivable loans to homeowners with incomes equal to or less than 80% of the region’s median income. Geisel said the income limit would mean $ 38,000 for a household of one and $ 54,000 for a household of four, for example.

Deputy City Manager Peter Wells said the city will monitor Homewise’s use of the money and jointly develop a communications plan to let as many people as possible know about the opportunity.

If this effort is successful, Geisel said, he hopes to secure more funds and expand the program.

City Emergency Management Special Projects Coordinator Rose Martinez, left, accepts Region 6 Community Wide Readiness Award from Federal Emergency Management Agency from Zach Wachter, right , local preparedness coordinator with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Martinez and the city’s volunteer community emergency response team won the honor for their work during the pandemic, managing COVID testing and vaccination sites, delivering meals to the elderly and those confined to home and manufacturing over 6,000 face masks for frontline workers. Mayor Gregg Hull holds up another plaque in the back. Martinez and CERT were selected from teams from five states. Photo of Argen Marie Duncan.


Planning Commission Recommends Review of Site Plan 1 North Whittaker | News

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NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo Planning Commission approved a site plan for a proposed restaurant at 1 North Whittaker St. at a special meeting Nov. 16.

According to a report by City Building Officials staff Ted Hanson, the proposed site plan for the building at 1 North Whittaker in the Central Business District (which currently houses a pharmacy but is otherwise vacant) calls for its renovation to several future tenants. including a restaurant.

The request was made by Chicago real estate owner Damon Marano and presented by local architect William McCollum, who is also a member of the Planning Commission but recused himself from the 4-0 approval vote.

An earlier site plan for the building called for moving some exterior walls for an expanded outdoor seating area partially on city property, but the new proposal maintains the perimeter of the structure where it is while adding a series of “all around” windows to let light and enhance its appearance.

McCollum said some of the existing stone veneer will be retained, “but most of it will disappear.” He later said the pharmacy’s drive-thru would also remain in place.

McCollum said the restaurant will take up 50% of the first floor (in addition to a pair of retail spaces and the pharmacy indicating where it is unchanged), and another seating area in the basement for the restaurant and a prep kitchen have been added to the site plan.

Adding more seating requires 12 additional parking spaces, and McCollum said they are proposing that these be located in the 90-space parking lot across US 12 that has been included in plans for previous sites such as the Beer Church. Another option was to pave a nearby vacant area.

Planners noted that since they allowed other businesses to meet parking requirements using the land across US 12, it wouldn’t be fair to deny this for the property at 1 North Whittaker St. ..

McCollum later said more information about the restaurant would be released at a later date, but added that there would be a barbecue.

Also on November 16, the Planning Commission agreed to recommend changing the zoning of a single family home property at 6 South Willard St. from General Commercial to Residential Single Family R-1

Owners Tricia and Adam Bowden’s rezoning application noted that they are in an R-1 neighborhood.

Tricia noted at a November 16 public hearing at the request that four generations of her family have lived in the house since it was built in 1926 and that she plans to stay there for the rest of her life. She added that there is a small living room in the house, but it takes up less than 100 square feet and the small number of customers does not disturb the neighborhood.

And Planning Commission Chairman Paul Billingslea was re-elected to the position towards the end of the special meeting.

City Manager Darwin Watson noted that a joint meeting of the commission and city council was scheduled for Nov. 18 to kick off the process of reviewing and updating the zoning ordinance. He said the process includes the Planning Commission dealing with a recommendation and the City Council granting final approval.

Planning Commission approves final site plan for Wawa in Gaithersburg

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Render from planning documents

The Gaithersburg Planning Commission has approved the final site plan for a future Wawa gas station and convenience store on Md. 355.

The project has aroused the ire of some in the community since it was proposed two years ago, including an unsuccessful legal challenge from a community group.

The Wawa, reportedly the first in Montgomery County, would feature a 5,060 square foot convenience store with an adjacent gas station at 405 N. Frederick Ave. (Md. 355), opposite Gaithersburg High School.

In October 2019, Gaithersburg City Council approved a schematic development plan, or initial site plan, for the Wawa.

But a month later, a group of residents and businessmen filed an administrative appeal in Montgomery County Circuit Court arguing that the development application was not in line with the master plan because the resort- service was not “light commercial use”.

Further, the applicants argued that the Wawa was not “compatible with the residential character” of the neighborhood.

The Circuit Court determined that the project was consistent with the master plan, but ruled that the Planning Commission should have allowed cross-examination.

The case went to the Special Court of Appeal, which ruled in March both that the development was consistent with the master plan and that opponents of the project had waived their right to cross-examination. The appeal court’s decision this spring got the project going.

A few residents opposed to the Wawa project continued to voice their opposition at Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting.

Carol Johnson said Wawa should consider installing electric charging stations instead of gas pumps, as she believes the use of electric vehicles will eventually overtake the use of gasoline vehicles.

“I think the future is here, and it’s really kinda silly to put all that money on gas…” she said.

Phillip Hummel, a land use lawyer at Miles & Stockbridge, said Wawa had considered incorporating electric charging stations into the project, but the need to prioritize water management rain and sidewalk space took precedence.

“It’s something that has been taken into account. It just couldn’t be easily accommodated due to all the competing factors involved, ”he said.

Walter Umana, who lives near the future service station, said he was worried about potential noise and light pollution.

“It’s a very quiet area. Gaithersburg being the City of Trees, we want to make sure it retains that feel, and with the wildlife around us, we want to make sure nothing is disturbed more than it should be, ”he said. he declares.

Monica Lozada said she also lived near the future Wawa site and wanted to know if there would be security cameras at the facility. Lozada also requested that additional bike racks be included in it.

Wawa real estate project manager Chris Hoffman said there would be cameras both inside the convenience store and outside the building. The property will be monitored 24/7 by a security team, he said.

“If there was a situation that called for an immediate police response, or moderate unrest that we would like to bring to the attention of our internal security officials, store staff have the ability to call upon these resources. if necessary, ”Hoffman said. .

Planning commissioner Lloyd Kaufman said the final site plan only includes enough bike rack space for around two bikes. He said he wanted to see more space on the bike racks to accommodate Gaithersburg High School students who might be making their way to the Wawa during a break.

Mira Gantzert, project manager at Bohler Engineering, said adding more bike racks is something that can be discussed.

“We can potentially look at the west side of the building, where there’s an existing 8-foot sidewalk, and potentially have one or two additional bike racks against the building, but there’s still 4 or 5 feet for pedestrians to walk past, ”she said.

Kaufman, Planning Commission Chairman John Bauer, and Commissioners Phillip Wessel and Sharon Cantrell unanimously approved the final site plan.

Dan Schere can be contacted at [email protected]

Site map approved for Westlake Landings stores

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A rendering of the future Westlake Landings Shoppes.

The Town of Westlake has approved the Konover South site plan to develop approximately 23,000 square feet of retail space within the community. The development company was approved to construct two multi-tenant shopping centers and a group of quick service restaurants which will be collectively known as the Shoppes of Westlake Landings. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2022 and be completed by the end of the year.

“We have already signed a handful of leases and are currently engaged with several other companies,” said Bob Bedard, senior vice president of development for Konover South. “We plan to be fully rented when it opens next year.”

Konover is primarily targeting service-oriented businesses and restaurants to fill the two centers – one of 7,065 square feet and the other of 9,450 square feet – as well as the catering module totaling 6,765 square feet. So far, leases have been signed with Heartland Dental, Verizon Communications, Go Green Dry Cleaner and Sauced BBQ and Whiskey Shack, a full-service restaurant and bar owned and operated by the Ralph Lewis family. The Lewis family have owned the Okeechobee Steakhouse for 75 years.

Lease negotiations for the two centers are underway for a hamburger concept, a smoothie shop and a fitness room. For the restaurant’s pod, lease details are being worked out with three national food and beverage chains.

The stores will be built at Westlake Landings, a 50-acre planned business park located near Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. Konover is under contract to acquire seven acres in the park. The closure is scheduled for the end of 2021.

“We are very excited to see business development progress in our new town,” said John Carter, vice president of Minto Communities, the lead developer of the 3,800-acre Westlake community approved for 4,500 homes and over 2. , 2 million square feet. commercial space. “As we continue to grow, our residents will need convenient access to service businesses. “

In September, Chaudhary Petroleum Group opened the first new retail business in Westlake since its incorporation in 2016. A new concept 7-Eleven and gas station off Seminole Pratt Whitney Road offers a take-out / dinner with make-to-order food, a wine cellar with selected wines and an iced tea and iced tea bar.

A second 7-Eleven is expected to open in the coming months, as Publix prepares to build a multi-tenant mall that will be anchored in a 50,000 square foot grocery store. A warehouse, self-storage facility and entertainment area are also planned at Westlake Landings.

The development vision for 24 Brock Street North in Dundas is still awaiting implementation of the site plan

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Unit sales are apparently continuing for a residential development vision at 24 Brock Street N., but no development application has been submitted to the City of Hamilton to begin a site plan review process.

“Staff have confirmed that they have not received a site plan application,” City of Hamilton spokeswoman Michelle Shantz said Nov. 25.

Sajid Rehmatullah of Sage Developments and owner North Brock Street Holdings have not responded to requests for comment since appearing at a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal hearing held in December 2018.

A new zoning was approved at the end of 2019, allowing a residential building of up to four floors, 51 units and 14 meters high. If the owner wishes to proceed with a development within these restrictions, they must submit a site plan application to the city and then meet the conditions before obtaining a building permit and starting construction. . If the owner wishes to build a larger building, he will need to apply for rezoning before submitting a site plan application.

Hamilton realtor Michael St. Jean said Nov. 9 that about 70 percent of the units in the vision have been sold and the owner hopes to launch a campaign to sell the remaining units by March 2022. St Jean did not respond to an update request by the deadline. .

Standard site plan conditions include the completion of several reports and studies, including but not limited to: archaeological assessments and possible mitigation or excavation measures; stormwater management; drainage; landscaping; tree management; wastewater assessment; site maintenance; water service evaluation; erosion plan; the siltation plan and construction plans as well as the exact dimensions and plans of any proposed construction. A slope stability study may also be required for the slope of the escarpment adjacent to the property.

External agencies, including utilities such as Bell and Alectra, Hamilton Conservation Authority and Niagara Escarpment Commission, and CN Rail would be distributed with any site plan submission and may have additional requirements to be met by the applicant.

CN Rail proximity requirements could include a development viability assessment, noise and vibration studies, and a storm water management study. Potential measures could include a protective wall or berm and mitigation of noise and vibration impacts.

CN Rail spokesman Mathieu Gaudreault confirmed that the company had not been approached regarding a residential redevelopment at 24 Brock Street N. as of Nov. 29.

According to a guide for new residential developments near railway tracks, developed by the Railway Association of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, there can be challenges for residential construction near railway tracks.

“Residential development becomes much more difficult…when the context is a small infill site, such as those typically associated with the conversion of commercial or industrial properties,” the guide states. “In addition to their small size, these sites are often oddly shaped and do not readily accommodate standard mitigation measures such as a setback and berm.”

Whitewater Approves Site Plan Process for Rafit Road Property Redevelopment

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Beachburg – Despite the sale of a major real estate property along the Ottawa River, Joe Kowalski says he’s not retiring or stopping Wilderness Tours.

Summerhill Resorts, a Toronto-based company that operates vacation properties primarily in southern Ontario, purchases 133 hectares of land from White Water & Wild Land Tours Ltd., which operates the outdoor adventure recreation company Wilderness Tours, which includes white water rafting. Summerhill Resorts also acquired the neighboring Logos Land resort.

Wilderness Tours will continue to operate from the old River Run property upstream of the subject property.

“When we bought the River Run property seven or eight years ago, the plan was to move Wilderness Tours there over time,” said Mr. Kowalksi, owner of White Water & Wild Lands. “When COVID hit and devastated the tourism industry, it sped up the process. It was a health and safety decision. Safety has always been our first priority. It used to mean “safety on the river,” but now it includes safety on land. ”

He explained that the new location, located right at the foot of the rapids used for rafting, means far fewer buses for rafting participants.

He stressed that he would not be retiring.

“At 73, I am too young to retire,” he said.

He sees a bright future for Wilderness Tours.

“In addition to rafting, canoeing and kayaking, we are also expanding and improving our bike paths,” he said. “We work with the Beachburg Off-Road Cycling Association (BORCA). We are used to seeing cars pass by with kayaks on them, but now we see just as many with bicycles.

He said Summerhill Resorts is a very professional operation which, with the purchase of the former base of Wilderness Tours, “will kick start tourism in this area in the future.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better buyer,” he said.

The 133-hectare property in question now houses 62 trailer sites, six cabins, two beach cabins / houses, a lodge and the Rafters building with ancillary recreation facilities and outdoor spaces.

Mr. Kowalski and his brother Jack, who remains a partner in the business, founded Wilderness Tours in 1975. His son, Joel, and daughter, Katie, are also with the business.

“Joel is the manager of the river and Katie is in charge of the bike.”

Site plan agreement with the township

Whitewater Regional Council is in the process of entering into a site plan agreement with Summerhill Resorts Ltd. to accommodate the redevelopment of the property at 503 Rafting Road.

The request to enter into the site plan agreement is supported by detailed site development plans, a wastewater treatment assessment report, and a water source assessment and inspection to assess the ” adequacy of existing wells and water treatment equipment with the proposed development.

Phase 1 of the proposed redevelopment does not suggest any new development. Instead, redevelopment will occur on existing developed sites and the scale of development is generally considered to be less than the historic use of the property. Future phases of development that require work on the foundation site will require full engineering and environmental assessments.

Whitewater Area Planner Ivan Burton noted that while no below grade development is proposed at this time, the site plan agreement will formalize a site development plan and servicing.

“This will ensure the health and safety of the public,” he said.

The property is designated as Tourist Commercial (TC) in the Renfrew County Official Plan.