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February 2022

Planning committee approves site plan for three-storey, 26-unit building on Manominee Street

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At its February 16 meeting, the Huntsville Planning Committee approved the site plan for a proposed three-story apartment building, which would contain 26 apartments.

The building would be located on a 4,583.6 m² plot at 50 Manominee Street. The parcel of land has 64m of frontage on an unopened right-of-way and future collector road (Cliff Avenue) and 66m on Manominee Street, planner Kelsea Shadlock told the committee.

“The property rises from Manominee Street and is currently vacant and forested. The surrounding land uses are: commercial uses to the east and south, low density residential to the north, and high density residential on the adjoining property to west,” she added.

Planning staff recommended that the site plan be approved, pending conditions such as a D4 landfill assessment and any recommended mitigation measures implemented.

A traffic impact summary was provided to assess road capacity following the proposed development and concluded that the existing road infrastructure is able to accommodate the development.

According to the Shadlock staff report, “the report author explained that it was possible to provide a pedestrian connection from Manominee Street to Cliff Avenue (and to formalize what appears to be an informal pedestrian connection via the swale In their review, they determined that further assessment would be required to formalize this connection given the elevation differential between Manominee Street and Cliff Avenue and to ensure that a connection would meet the requirements of She added that “the investigation of this connection should be further investigated by the requester in consultation with city operations and protective services personnel.”

Councilor Jonathan Wiebe asked who would be responsible for paying for the connection.

Matthew May, who was before the committee representing the application, said he thought it would be the municipality’s obligation rather than the developer’s.

“Often when we have developments, requests that come to us, we actually ask the requestor to provide, where they can, links – whether it’s trails, stairs or whatever, sidewalks or whatever, to make it part of the development. And that’s something we traditionally do,” said committee chair Councilor Nancy Alcock.

May replied that the matter could be discussed, “but I guess for me it’s not on private property. You know, it’s not on our property…”

Wiebe and Alcock continued discussions regarding the addition of a pedestrian link and liability or partial liability of the developer.

Huntsville Mayor Karin Terzino told the committee that while pedestrian connectivity is important, she reminded the committee that the area being discussed was not identified in the city’s sidewalk master plan. “To impose liability on a claimant who wants to build there, as a condition of the construction, I think is a bit unfair,” she said.

Following a question from Councilor Dan Armour, May indicated that the apartments would be rented at market price. He said it would be mostly one-bedroom units, with around four two-bedroom apartments.

You can find the staff report here.

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South Haven housing estate stalls with tied vote on site plan | Local News

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For the second time in two weeks, a proposal to allow an affordable housing development in South Haven ended in a tie vote, jeopardizing the project’s ability to move past the drawing board stage.

Chicago-based Habitat Co. has spent the past year finalizing plans to build a 144-unit apartment and townhouse development on 5.74 acres of property once occupied by the former factory. ‘Overton.

The South Haven Planning Commission blocked a 4-4 vote on February 16 to recommend Planned Unit Development (PUD) approval for the project. The tie vote put the matter before the city council to decide.

However, last Monday city council members were split 3-3 (with one member absent) on setting up a public hearing on March 7 for the project, meaning the proposal will not go ahead at this stage.

Council members who voted against the proposal expressed concern about the number of proposed housing units, the proximity of the proposed buildings to sidewalks and the company’s request to forego paying for an impact study environment for the site.






The rendering shows what the first phase of the SoHAVEN apartment complex could look like. Phase one apartments would face Elkenburg Street and Indiana Avenue in South Haven.



“We have planners split on approving this, City Council split, it’s too important for us to come to a conclusion at this point,” Mayor Scott Smith said.

Smith, however, said the city isn’t ready to drop Habitat’s proposal.

“The staff will come back to them and let them know of our concerns,” he said. “We still have some concerns, but not enough information. We hope this will be done at a later date. »

Several other board members have also expressed interest in continuing to work with Habitat Co.

“I hope we can find a way to move forward with Overton’s development,” said Board Member Wendi Onuki. “The community needs affordable housing. I look forward to finding solutions.

Council member George Sleeper expressed similar thoughts.

“Hopefully we can get through this,” he said. “There are a lot of good things with this development.”

A study and a waiver

Sleeper, who voted against the proposal, said his biggest concern was the developer’s waiver request for performing an EIS.

Environmental Impact Studies analyze the impact a proposed development would have on a municipality’s utility systems, fire, police, school services, solid waste disposal, soil, air , groundwater, floodplains, wetlands, noise levels and additional traffic.

Habitat officials said the city, which owns the Overton property, already has much of this information, and conducting a study on its own would cost up to $20,000 and take about two months.

They had hoped city council approval of the project would allow them to apply for tax credits from the Michigan Housing Development Authority by April 1 to help fund the first phase of the project.

In reviewing Habitat’s request for the EIA exemption, city staff agreed that the information was already available.

“The city council acquired this property through a tax foreclosure in 2015, obtained environmental due diligence reports, prepared and implemented an environmental protection plan, demolished an abandoned factory on the site and examined the impacts of a large development on the site. since the 2018 master planning process and developer’s RFP,” Deputy City Manager Griffin Graham wrote in a memo to the planning commission earlier this month.

However, Sleeper and several other dissenting board members believe Habitat should still undertake the study itself since the company is offering to develop the site.

“I don’t see any benefit to forgoing EIS,” Sleeper said. “It’s important to make sure the proposal fits in (for the surrounding neighborhood).”

South Haven subdivision stalled with tie vote on site plan | Southern Haven

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SOUTH HAVEN — For the second time in two weeks, a proposal to allow an affordable housing development in South Haven ended in a tie vote, jeopardizing the project’s ability to move past the drawing board stage.

Chicago-based Habitat Co. has spent the past year finalizing plans to build a 144-unit apartment and townhouse development on 5.74 acres of property once occupied by the former factory. ‘Overton.

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Large Center Road Self-Storage Site Plan Adopted

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Adelaide Metcalfe Council has approved the Site Plan Control and Development Agreement for a large self-storage site at 28708 Center Road on the west side of the Commercial Corridor near Strathroy.

The agreement for A to Z Storage Ltd has become complicated with ongoing negotiations for a municipal services agreement with the municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc. After a closed session of council to discuss negotiations, council voted unanimously on February 7 to direct the mayor to send a letter to the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc regarding service agreement negotiations at this day.

Council also unanimously approved the storage site agreement which states that if there are municipal services available for water and sewer, they must connect; otherwise it will be local maintenance.

“What we’re trying to do is enable and encourage development on Center Road while we work through this service agreement discussion with our service provider there (Strathroy-Caradoc),” said CAO Morgan Calvert.

here (Strathroy-Caradoc).

The CAO staff report states that the property measures 1.32 hectares (3.26 acres) with a frontage of 96.6 metres. In the plans, five long rectangular buildings: a run along the center is to be built later, and four taller buildings running perpendicular to the center behind it would be first.

In the site servicing plan, there are also numerous proposed storage vaults of 819 cubic meters drawn into the south side of the property.

A to Z Storage now has one year to complete the project.

Seminole Council approves site plan for final portion of Seminole Isle | Local News

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SEMINOLE – The final piece in the 334-unit Seminole Isle condo and townhome development is expected to begin to take shape soon.

At its Feb. 15 meeting, City Council voted to accept the site plan for Townhomes at Seminole Isle, a 66-townhouse development to be built by Toll Brothers at 10000 Park Blvd. NOT

Construction of the 10 building development will complete the condominium and townhouse community. Seminole Isle is directly across from Lake Seminole Park on the south side of Park Boulevard.

Seminole Isle currently comprises 180 condominium units in six mid-rise buildings and 88 townhouses in 18 buildings. The existing condos and townhouses were built by Beazer Homes, which never reached an agreement to buy the land on the last lot under development.

The Seminole Isle building plan was originally intended to feature a higher overall density. But the latest construction replaces what was originally envisioned as a new cluster of six-story condominiums with three-story townhouse structures.

Toll estimates that prices for new townhouses will start at “$500,000.” No estimate was immediately available as to when the inauguration might take place.

Seminole Isle sits on 100 acres of land that was annexed by the city in 2000. The land was formerly occupied by Holiday Campground.

Blossom Lake Park

In other matters, it looks like Blossom Lake Park will soon get its long-promised upgrades to the trails and parking lot.

Council members voted unanimously to spend $568,513 on a 0.7 mile extension of the park’s current 0.3 mile trail and an expanded Blossom Lake parking lot. The trail will feature a few new exercise stations along its route.

The council previously approved the purchase of new playground equipment – ​​now installed – as well as two event pavilions, which could be in place by April. Safety Harbor subcontractor Harbor Contracting will handle the trail and parking improvements.

The work is part of an ongoing effort to beautify and add amenities to the so-called pocket park, a 200-acre parcel surrounded on all sides by residential properties. The project was launched in 2018, with neighborhood participation included in the planning process.

City Manager Ann Toney-Deal said there were no immediate plans to renovate the park’s restrooms.

The extension of the path is concreted. Public Works Manager Rodney Due said it is currently a cheaper paving material than asphalt, due to the high cost of the latter product’s petroleum content.

New engine

In another major story, council members voted unanimously to spend $577,673 to buy a fire truck. The 2022 Rosenbauer Commander, which is purchased from Minnesota-based Rosenbauer America, will replace a 2012 Pierce engine.

The board also voted unanimously to award a $6,000 contract to the Seminole-based Tampa Bay Pyro Squad for the Pow Wow festival fireworks. The festival is scheduled for March 11-13, and the fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. on March 12.

And in another unanimous vote, the council passed an order regarding the voluntary annexation of a residential property at 10122 109th St. N. The property was listed as an unincorporated Pinellas County tract.

The board will then meet on March 8, resuming its usual schedule of monthly meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays. He had changed his schedule in February, to allow council members to travel to the state capital for legislative hearings on key bills progressing through Senate and House committees.

P&Z sends approved Park Place site plan to Council | Local News

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The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve a site plan for the proposed Phases II and III of the downtown development known as Park Place.

The 6-0 vote came after a lengthy discussion of the plan with several caveats added to the recommendation.

In his presentation to the commission, Director of Development Services John Wesley identified some of the specific issues that he believes can be resolved during the construction plan review process. These include relocation of an SRP electrical box, size and location of solid waste enclosure, access around a water feature/pool (this will need to meet building code requirements ) and all required site plan pages will need to be resubmitted for plan approval.

Wesley said the plan appears to meet the technical requirements of applicable regulations. However, he said there are concerns about meeting the intent of the City’s ordinances and plans for the streetscape of Avenue des Fontaines.

During the discussion, the members of the commission added stipulations related to the creation of continuity with phase I of the project along the avenue of the fountains. Developer Bart Shea said he intended to maintain this continuity by repainting all buildings to look the same.

Commissioners also requested that a “green space” or art walk at the south end of Phase III allow for a large open space extension of the Centennial Circle into the Community Center, Library/Museum Campus. It was suggested that a shared parking arrangement with existing features be explored to allow for expansion of open space.

The overall development of Park Place was approved in 2016 by the city council with a development plan that includes three construction phases. The plan consisted of five buildings with up to 420 units and 43,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

The first phase of the plan was completed in late 2017 and includes two four-story buildings with 230 residential units (apartments) and 35,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

The proposed total number of residential units has been reduced to approximately 380 and 41,000 square feet of retail space.

The envisioned Phase II would run east along Avenue des Fontaines from the eastern end of Phase I to the Saguaro Boulevard intersection. Building E would be to the west with Building F around the corner and south on Saguaro. There should be around 72 residential units included in the second phase. There would be underground parking accessible from the west end. An entrance on Fountain Avenue would separate Buildings E and F with an amenity area passing over the driveway connecting the buildings. Current plans show that the amenity area will include a lounge area with a covered balcony overlooking Avenue des Fontaines, a fitness area and a yoga room.

At this stage, it is unclear how the additional 6,000 square feet of commercial space required by the development agreement will be accommodated.

Phase III is a single residential unit building located off Verde River Drive behind the existing West Phase I building. It is also behind the Community Center.

The building is three stories high and originally planned for 102 units. However, the new plan incorporates two-story apartments for the second and third floors of this building.

The original development agreement calls for Phase III to include 130 additional public parking spaces for the city. This would be at the south end of the site with easy access to the community center campus. The Planning and Zoning Commission has expressed a willingness to relinquish a portion of this parking lot to allow for the expansion of a linear park between Centennial Circle and the intersection of Verde River Drive and Paul Nordin Drive. The council, however, had previously refused to consider a development amendment that would have allowed changes to this public parking requirement.

The site plan will be on the agenda of the municipal council at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 1.

Proposed Jerma Hotel site development will leave St Thomas’ Tower visible from the sea, mayor says

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Plans for the site of the former Jerma Palace Hotel will not emphasize the height of the building, which means that the Saint Thomas de Marsascala tower will be visible from the sea, local mayor Mario Calleja said. .

Asked what he would like to see happen to the site of the Jerma Hotel, which has been derelict since the hotel closed some 15 years ago, Calleja said Malta Independent that he expected a “very nice project” to take place there.

He said that although he did not have specific details of the site plans, he had been informed that the planned development would not see major building heights, to the point that St Thomas’ Tower – which is in front of the site – would be visible from the sea after the completion of the project.

Calleja stressed that people don’t want a “gigantic” app on the site, noting that there had been three such developer apps that the board had all spoken out against.

“We want there to be development, but it has to be sustainable and it cannot hinder the people who live there,” said Calleja, who represents the PL on the council.

The Jerma Palace Hotel was an important part of Marsascala’s economy until it closed in 2007, and has been left derelict ever since.

Many applications have been submitted on the site since.

In 2008 the then owners of the site – the Montebello brothers behind JPM Construction – applied for a new hotel and apartment blocks on the site – but that fell flat after the Premier of the At the time, Lawrence Gonzi said only a hotel, not apartments, could be developed on the site.

Another attempt was made in 2016 by developer Charles Camilleri through his company Porto Notos Ltd to demolish the existing hotel and replace it with a huge high-rise development consisting of two residential towers, one of 44 and the other of 32 floors, as well as a 22-floor Hotel on the site.

The proposal – which Calleja coined “the Three Towers” during his interview with this newsroom – was later scaled down to 12- and 13-story units respectively and has since been withdrawn.

It was removed because Camilleri had sold the site to another developer – Gozitan real estate tycoon Joseph Portelli – in a deal that would have 90 million euros.

In 2016, PN Councilor Charlot Cassar had alternatively suggested that the government but the Hotel Jerma land and turn it into an open space for public use.

Portelli has since said he wants to turn the site into a 130-apartment complex, a 500-room hotel and a public square in front of St. Thomas’s Tower.

He said the project will not be a skyscraper, but a development brief approved by Cabinet around this time last year allows for development of up to eight floors. This development dossier also introduces the possibility of residential development, after the 2006 local plan identified the site as to be used primarily for tourist accommodation.

The exact plans and designs for Portelli’s proposed development on the site have yet to be revealed, as an application for the project has not yet been lodged with the planning authority.

Board to review strip mall site plan and land use zoning change

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The Rio Rancho Board of Directors is scheduled to hold two development-related public hearings during its regular meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

According to the agenda, a public hearing concerns a site plan for an acre and a half of land on Grande Boulevard, behind Latitudes. According to the plan, a strip mall would be built for professional and medical offices, stores or restaurants at 2340 Grande.

The second public hearing involves a request to change the land use zoning of two lots on Golf Course Road from low-density single-family residence to neighborhood commercial, according to the agenda. The lots consist of just under an acre of land between them.

The lots are located at 2211 and 2215 Golf Course, on the west side of the road.

Empty commercial land is to the south, behind medium-density residential lots to the west and developed neighborhood commercial land to the north, according to a map included in the city information. The land directly across from the golf course is vacant and zoned for low density single family housing.

The information does not specify which companies could occupy the land if the rezoning is approved. In local shopping districts, the municipal code allows:

  • Retail stores, except gas stations;
  • Repair shops for small items such as televisions, radios and keys;
  • Boutiques, such as photography, pet shops, tailoring, dry cleaning and similar trades;
  • Banks and offices;
  • places of worship;
  • Restaurants without drive-thru counters;
  • Bakeries;
  • Parks, green spaces and public facilities;
  • day care centers;
  • Funeral homes;
  • Unlicensed fraternal organizations and nonprofit service groups;
  • Medical, veterinary and professional offices;
  • Public services; and
  • Housing, as a secondary use.

Owners may also apply for permits for these uses:

  • temporary storage;
  • Schools;
  • Self-service storage and vehicle storage;
  • Commercial buildings; and
  • Research and development offices, provided that the activities are not a nuisance or a danger to the neighborhood.

Members of the public can attend the meeting in person or watch it live at rrnm.gov/2303/Watch-and-Download-City-Meetings. The agenda is at the same URL.

People can contribute in person, by email at [email protected] or via Zoom. Information for joining the Zoom meeting can be found on the website above.

Beach Preservers Challenges CCV Sitemap Maintenance Agreement

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Port Elgin Beach Preservers spokesperson Patricia Frank presented the group’s concerns regarding the proposed Cedar Crescent Village (CCV) beach development to Saugeen Shores Council on February 14 (2022).

Frank presented a PowerPoint presentation and addressed three areas of concern regarding the Sitemap Service Agreement that the Beach Preservers are questioning.

  • Maritime commercial zoning
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Requirement
  • Notable changes to the VCC concept plan between November 2021 and January 2022

“Since September 2021, there have been considerable changes in the location of the CCV site, square footage, building height, proposed uses, etc.,” Frank said, “and all of this requires a new Evaluation.”

She pointed out that a Bruce County map sets out the waterfront maritime commercial designation and asked where the designation is shown in the town’s official plan or in the comprehensive zoning by-law required in the County of Bruce’s official plan. Bruce. According to Frank, in the county plan, the marine commercial designation applies to the proposed VCC site, does not extend south of Mill Street, and is adjacent to environmental and open space zones.

Additionally, in the zoning regulations, there is an allowance for a restaurant, boat and bicycle rentals, and a lodge with retail outlets. “On January 10, Mr. Pausner (City Development Supervisor) pointed out that the CCV zoning is not based solely on the development site, but on an area of ​​six hectares and potentially for commercial development from ‘Izzard Rd. at Northshore Park,” Frank said.

‘While this council cannot allow any further commercial development in the OS1 area without site specific zoning,’ she added, ‘there is nothing to prevent a future council from allowing this’.

Frank also pointed out that the non-competition clause in CCV’s lease agreement is limited only to the operation of a restaurant and banquet hall, which could give “…breathing room for future councils allowing commercial development along our waterfront”. She asks why in the zoning by-laws, maritime commercial zoning was not included.

She also suggested that a link to the CCV file should be on the City’s website “…to provide an easy reference for staff, Council and the public on all matters related to the development. »

“Bad decisions now will impact us all for the next 50 years,” Frank said. “The Province of Ontario requires all municipalities to identify natural heritage systems and this study has not been done. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement is required, as stated in the Official Plan, in order to protect Important Wildlife Habitat. He also specifies that, ‘when a development is proposed in a body of water or adjacent to a body of water likely to contain fish habitat, an environmental impact study must be required’…given that detailed mapping n is not available at this time, development and site modification may be permitted on adjacent land only if it has been demonstrated by an environmental impact assessment that there will be no adverse impacts on the habitat of endangered or threatened species.

She went on to say that the Saugeen Shores Official Plan states that an Environmental Impact Assessment may not only be required for all development proposals on lands designated as environmental risk, but also on lands adjacent.

“The Official Plan also states that an Environmental Impact Statement will be required to assess the potential impacts of a development on the natural shoreline environment, including water quality, stresses from natural shoreline features and possible mitigation techniques,” Frank added. “Furthermore, it states that new large-scale recreational uses will require an amendment to the Official Plan and will ensure that potential adverse impacts to surrounding properties and the natural environment are mitigated. By any standard, 25,000 square feet is a large-scale development, so where is the official plan amendment? »

All detailed zoning by-law amendments must conform to the city’s official plan with respect to non-conforming existing buildings, permitted uses and special provisions. “The Official Plan states that any site alterations within the environmentally sensitive portions of the dynamic range allocation, such as infilling, grading, or vegetation removal, will only be permitted if supported by the study. environmental impact statement and/or Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) approval. ),” Frank pointed out.

On January 10, Pausner said the level will be slightly affected with 1.1 meters of fill to raise the buildings of the proposed development. Frank asked where the fill came from and that it raises serious environmental concerns about the protections that will be provided to prevent contaminants that can seep into the sand and then into the lake. “How will this affect adjacent properties as well? The height of the main CCV buildings will increase to 11.1 meters and with the HVAC system will be as high as the condos (adjacent building).

“With all of this evidence that I have just shared,” Frank said, “from the PPS (Provincial Policy Statement), Bruce County Official Plan and Saugeen Shores Official Plan, why did an Environmental Impact Statement not “Was it not required? It would be appreciated if the hydrogeological report and the geotechnical report submitted by the proponent be made public. Will these reports be peer reviewed by the SVCA or any other expert in the field?”

According to Frank, on the original site plan attached to the original Request for Proposal (RFP) in February 2019 and on the new reference plan, the development was shown as not extending south from the corner of Mill Street. On January 10, what was previously advertised as an outdoor programmable space had disappeared and the footprint of the retail space had increased, and the survey plan agreement and site plan design do not match and where the SVCA regulatory limit and flood hazard line were labeled approximate. “Have these limits been confirmed by the SVCA? asked Frank.

“In January, the Mayor said the development would have all the amenities people want to see on our town’s main beach, the busiest beach, the heart of activity in Port Elgin, the place where people want to congregate, want to have a restaurant, have a pavilion they can hang out in, a place where people can stop to get an inner tube for their kids to play in or an ice cream cone. There are plenty of places they can get ice cream cones now and in the future. You were absolutely right, Mayor Charbonneau… that’s exactly what the population wants – that and no more, 25,000 square feet of commercial buildings – four large buildings, an ice cream parlor, several market stalls and nine points of sale as well as a restaurant above the commercial building. Nobody asked for it, except the promoters.

She added that the design presented on January 10 appeared to show significant changes, including larger footprints for buildings. “It would be helpful if the drawing was superimposed on the original so that the public could see all the buildings. Why has the programmable outdoor space now become a merchant commercial space? What is the current total square footage of the building including the second floor? What is the current square footage of the lots in total? »

“This is Port Elgin’s beautiful waterfront and it’s up to you to protect it,” Frank said.

Councilor Cheryl Grace confirmed that there were many issues raised and to be followed up. “One of the questions asked was about backfilling…and it looks like it will be needed. Where would this (fill) come from? What kind of material would it be? »

CAO Kara Van Myall said she was not ready to answer the question.

Councilor Dave Myette also asked Frank about his statement that the CCV would be higher than the condo building to which she replied, “With the 1.1 meters of fill and a building allowed to be 30 feet plus the system HVAC on the roof, that will mean it will be 40 feet, as high as the condo building.

“It seems hard to believe,” Myette said, “but thanks for the math.”

Deputy Vice Mayor Mike Myatt asked if staff would respond to questions posed and Mayor Luke Charbonneau said reports would come back to Council and if there were any questions that had not yet been answered they would be. at this moment.

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Edison zoning board delays vote on Charlie Brown site development

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EDISON, NJ — The township’s zoning board will not vote on the controversial plan to build 23 age-restricted townhouses on the site of the former Charlie Brown restaurant on Plainfield Road before Easter.

On Tuesday, the zoning board held a meeting that lasted more than five hours. MEPs then decided to resume the hearing on 26 April. They should also vote that day.

MarKim Developers, LLC proposes to construct a 23-unit age-limited multi-family townhouse at 222 Plainfield Road near the Metuchen Golf and Country Club. The earlier plan was to build 23 three-bedroom townhouses on the 2-acre site.

The area is located within the GC Golf Course area. The Charlie Brown restaurant building will be demolished to make way for the new development.

This change requires a customary derogation which can be granted by five of the seven members of the Board of Directors.

According to the revised application, the age-restricted units will be for people aged 55 and over. The height of the proposed building has been reduced to 33 feet 10 inches, which is less than the maximum height of 35 feet allowed in the GC zone.

The application also includes the restriction of driveways on Plainfield Road to prohibit left turns off site.

They will eliminate the third story rear balconies of the south and north buildings and add a second row of trees at a planting height of 10ft to 12ft to screen properties to the south of the site.

Residents objected to the developer’s plan saying it could change the character of the neighborhood and add to traffic problems.

The Commission of the canton of Lyon approves the layout plan of Orchard Crossing at Erwin’s

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After years of different housing development proposals for Erwin Orchards, one is almost a done deal.

The Township of Lyon Planning Commission has unanimously recommended final plan approval for the residential components of the Orchard Crossing development, which will include 121 single-family homes and 40 duplex homes on 77 acres.

Orchard operations are expected to continue unchanged for the time being.

Applicant Lombardo Homes’ overall development vision for the 181-acre property north and south of Silver Lake Road, west of Pontiac Trail, includes retain the existing cider house and part of the orchards on 104 acres while adding a bakery, tasting room and event center. These facilities will come back for site plan approval at a later date.

“This final review cleans up most of the elements and all of the final changes to the plan,” township planner Brian Keesey said during the commission’s Feb. 14 meeting. “Accompanied by the (planned development) agreement, it will cover all the intricacies, construction schedule, phasing, permitted uses, everything will be incorporated.”

Greg Windingland, vice president of land development for Lombardo Homes, explained that construction of the homes would be done in four phases as the homes are sold, but did not give a specific construction schedule. . He presented a schedule of water, sewer and road permits which had already been submitted to the competent bodies or which would be submitted by the end of April.

“We’re very proud of what we’ve come up with for this plan,” Windingland said. He thanked council and residents and added that he thought the developer had done a good job addressing previous concerns about the sustainability of the orchard, heavy traffic, a path to Kent Lake Primary School and protection of homes in the area.

Keesey said a crosswalk on Silver Lake Road was the only traffic issue yet to be resolved by the Oakland County Road Commission, which delayed the crosswalk until the development of orchard operations continues.

Other changes to the plan since last fall include an event center parking lot that will be partially paved instead of all gravel, a larger bakery/farmer’s market, and the possibility of a drive-thru that would surround the 5,000 square foot building.

The drive-thru has raised concerns, as Commissioner Carl Towne noted it could “become a hazard with 8,000 people there and madness and children… I want barriers to make sure it there are no little children being hit. I’m not against it, I just want it to be safe.

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Overall, the commissioners were satisfied with the plan.

“We placed great faith in the planner and the engineer,” Commissioner Jim Chuck said. “The next phase is the exploitation of the orchard. We worked on it for a long time, I like what I see. I have no worries that it won’t turn out that way.”

Peter Blake, co-owner of Blake’s Orchard with whom Lombardo negotiated to take over orchard operations on the property, confirmed that no contract had been signed, but he remained delighted to work with Lombardo’s team and be part of of the Community of Canton of Lyon.

“We think we know pretty well how to make this community proud,” Blake said. “If we have to do something, we’ll do it right. We have been here before and know the obstacles that can arise and we also know how to overcome them… We cannot have all the power from the start, it takes time, but we have a plan.

Contact reporter Susan Bromley at [email protected] or 517-281-2412. Follow her on Twitter @SusanBromley10.

Final site plan for controversial church and Sherwood 8-30g submitted to P&Z

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This week an application for a final site plan and special permit was submitted to Greenwich Planning & Zoning for the 8-30g “Church/Sherwood” affordable housing development in downtown Greenwich.

Last fall it was submitted as a pre-application.

As required by the state’s 8-30g law, the development will designate 30% of the 192 apartments as affordable according to a state-defined formula.

Affordable housing must be under deed restriction for 40 years.

Until 10% of Greenwich’s housing stock is affordable, 8-30g will apply.

It would take about 1,200 affordable housing units to reach 10%.

Overall, around 5,600 new units would need to be created under 8-30g before Greenwich is compliant.

Last fall, when the Church-Sherwood nominees submitted their pre-nominations, the pushback was swift.

Residents said pedestrian and traffic safety was an issue. They testified in October that Church Street was a major cut from Putnam Avenue to Greenwich Hospital and the Merritt via North Street, and is so narrow that often a driver has to stop and pull over for oncoming traffic reverse.

“This significant infusion of new housing options is expected to address an urgent need among Greenwich’s existing workforce, many of whom have been shut out of the market due to the lack of affordable housing and virtually no rentals available in the region.”

press release from Antenna, the public relations firm representing the candidates

The building is designed by Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners to blend in with various historic buildings surrounding the property.

Nine of the 11 structures to be demolished to make way for development are on the Fourth Ward Historic District’s list of contributing structures.

The demolitions include 35, 39*, 43* and 47* Church Street, as well as 32*, 36* and 42* Sherwood Place. Also 1*, 2*, 3* and 4 Putnam Court would be razed.

*Properties with an asterisk are on the National Register of Historic Places.

“This significant infusion of new housing options is expected to address an urgent need among Greenwich’s existing workforce, many of whom have been shut out of the market due to the lack of affordable housing and virtually no rentals available in the region,” the statement said.

The nominees are New York-based real estate developer SJP Properties and local developer Eagle Ventures, which was founded in 2010 by Greenwich native James P. Cabrera..

The development is proposed to be 7 stories tall, with 192 units and 288 parking spaces. The ground floor and basement would be for parking and the 6 floors above for apartments and amenities.

Applicant’s Affordability Plan includes (15%) units affordable for families earning 60% or less of the area median income or state median income (SMI), whichever is less.

The rest of the affordable units would be affordable to those earning 80% or less of the area or SMI, whichever is lower.

At the 80% limit, a person earns no more than $57,456.

At the 60% limit, a person earns no more than $43,092.

The developer’s press release talks about providing rentals to ‘public sector workers and first responders’, although most teachers, firefighters and police officers at Greenwich Public Schools earn too much to qualify for 8-30 housing. g.

For example, according to the Greenwich Schools teacher salary gridonly a Level 1 teacher, usually someone in their first year of teaching, with a salary of $56,111, falls below 80% of the SMI.

The release says the developers responded to community feedback from last October by adding design features to reduce traffic and improve pedestrian safety, provide outdoor green spaces, incorporate sustainable features and better integrate with the surrounding environment.

The request includes a six-page memo prepared by Greenwich native Nick Abbott at the request of Church Sherwood LLC.

Mr. Abbott, who is part of the DeSegregate Connecticut team and serves his Assistant Coordinatorwrites that the development is the “best short-term opportunity to provide meaningful affordable housing”.

He cites statistics including that 44% of tenants in Greenwich are cost overburdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their gross monthly income on rent and associated costs. Nearly a quarter of renters are heavily burdened by costs, spending more than 50% of their income on housing. Among homeowners, 33% with mortgages are cost burdened and 18% with mortgages are very cost burdened.

He writes that based on listings on Zillow and Apartments.com, there isn’t even a single 2-bedroom apartment for rent in Greenwich that’s affordable for a household earning less than $80,000 a year.

Abbott writes that while the city has historically invested in and built affordable housing, its current efforts fall short.

He suggests that it is precisely because of its history as a center for diverse and affordable housing in the early 20th century that Historic Fourth Ward is an ideal location for 8-30g development.

“The Fourth Ward is historically notable for the diversity of its populations, which included a mixture of Irish, Italians, Poles, and African Americans,” Abbott wrote in his memorandum, adding, “Affordable housing can preserve and enhance the diverse character of the Fourth Ward by ensuring that future households of modest means have the same opportunity to find housing there as their historic ancestors.

Abbott concludes his note by quoting first manager Fred Camillo as saying: “We are trying to marry Greenwich’s past – which has made it so attractive – with a brighter and bolder future.” Camillo’s quote is from Remarks he spoke out last August on the 2020 census.

The full quote from Camillo, who is a staunch opponent of 8-30g was: “As we try to marry Greenwich’s great past – which has made it so attractive – with a brighter and bolder future – it does not not include doubling the size of our population, as this has many disadvantages.

At a press conference outside New Townhouses at Armstrong Court last week, Mr. Camillo, along with State Rep. Meskers (D-150), State Rep. Kimberly Fiorello (R149), state senator Ryan Fazio (R-36) and leaders of the housing authority, spoke about the negative impacts of 8-30g on Greenwich, given that the city’s high land values make it particularly attractive to promoters.

Camillo said he was very concerned about the increased impervious surface resulting from the developments, especially at a time when flooding has increased across the city and memories of Ida are fresh in people’s minds.

Senator Fazio said through 8-30g, the state is placing an undue burden on Greenwich, allowing developers to ignore local zoning rules that have the community’s interest at heart.

State Rep. Meskers said it’s unfortunate that natural affordable housing doesn’t meet the state’s definition of “affordable” and therefore doesn’t count toward the 10% mandate. .

Fazio said the delegation would soon introduce legislation that would reform 8-30g and would have bipartisan support.

In addition to Church-Sherwood, there is a proposal for a large 8-30g development at Benedict Court and Benedict Place behind St Mary’s Church on Greenwich Ave. It would have six floors and 110 units. Likewise, it would replace a number of historic houses with a multi-storey building.

A third large 8-30g development has been proposed at 5 Brookridge Drive. It would replace a 1910 single-family home with a five-story building consisting of 86 units.

See also:

Neighbors Wind Opposition at 8-30g on Church and Sherwood; Destruction of the historic district planned October 14, 2022

Pre-application submitted to Greenwich P&Z for the development of 192 8-30g units on Church Street in the city center

192-unit affordable housing development would raze restaurant and historic homes

The chairman of the Greenwich Housing Authority castigates the affordable housing proposals: “The 8-30g is abused by developers.

Planners accept Union Green site plan with ZBA hurdles to clear | News

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HARBERT — A revised site plan for the proposed Union Green development was approved despite complications from new zoning rules for the Union Pier area at the February 9 Chikaming Township Planning Commission meeting.

A Union Pier overlay district that went into effect November 2, 2021 was not in place when planners gave initial site plan approval in July 2021, and the fate of a major feature of the revised site plan of Union Green presented to planners on Feb. 9 that appears to conflict with the new rules could end up being decided by the township’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Planners approved the Union Green site plan by a 4-1 vote on February 9 with the following stipulations – that the developer go to the Zoning Appeal Board to seek a waiver reducing a requirement under the District of superimposed zoning that the front half of the first floor structures in the Union Pier Corridor portion of the neighborhood be set aside for commercial purposes; amend the site plan to remove two parking spaces adjacent to a “home/work” retail space and conform to a 10 foot front setback requirement for buildings; and that an updated site plan be provided to the township authorities.

“This is the first time we’ve had this ordinance in front of us, we’re testing it,” Planning Commission Chairman John Chipman said. “We’re testing it with a sitemap that was actually approved under a different order.”

In June 2021, Brad Rottschafer began the process of obtaining township approval to build the Union Green development on a 1.05 acre site (the former home of Riviera Gardens) located at the corner of Red Highway Arrow and Goodwin Avenue.

Following an Aug. 4 public hearing on the Union Green site plan, planners requested additional information on factors such as open space requirements and parking. On September 1, the Planning Commission also requested responses regarding driveway safety requirements to eliminate dead ends, reduce density and increase open space, and the submission of an impact assessment.

Suzanne Schulz of Progressive AE presented a revised sitemap designed to meet September 1 requests at the February 9 meeting.

Highlights of the new site plan include a reduction in the number of residential units from 20 to 18, with the two proposed former buildings along the Red Arrow Freeway being consolidated into one. An earlier site plan indicated that the housing sites would range in size from 2,100 to 8,000 square feet.

“Grass block pavers” were also added to the plan in the northwest portion of the property near a repositioned swimming pool to allow access for emergency responders; additional green space for a more park-like feel; and a screened waste corral area.

Schulz said the townhouses along Goodwin will be three stories while the carriage house along Red Arrow will be two stories, adding that “very high quality materials” will be used. She said the relationship between the buildings and the sidewalk is designed to be “walkable” and “village-like.”

She said a traffic impact study (based on the design of 20 units) predicted about 20 new morning rush hour trips on weekdays and 23 new afternoon rush hour trips in week.

In July 2021, the area in question was zoned CU Union Pier Mixed Use, and multi-family residential development was permitted with special land use approval.

On Feb. 9, Chikaming Zoning Administrator Kelly Largent said the proposed development is no longer a special land use in the Union Pier Overlay Zoning District (which regulates zoning in parts of Chikaming and New Buffalo Township from Union Pier) which came into effect in November. 2. 2021.

“You will now find that this is an authorized use,” Largent said.

But later in the meeting, a section of Union Pier’s zoning rules regarding the “uses” of first floors became an issue.

The latest site plan for Union Green calls for the first floors of all but the living/working facility to be residential.

But the wording of the ordinance for the “Union Pier Corridor” area states, “Residences may be permitted in the back 50% of the ground, but the front 50% must be for commercial use.”

It also reads: “The commercial first floor will span the full width of the building’s frontage as seen from the adjacent public street.”

The first floors of the “Union Pier Village” district (the downtown area) must be used for commercial purposes only.

Planning Commission member Grace Rappe said it looks like the building along the Red Arrow Freeway will need to be redesigned.

But Schulz said she thought there was some question as to whether the order was intended to require advertisements on the entire facade of a building along the Red Arrow Freeway in the “corridor” area.

“From an economic viability perspective, and ensuring there are not more vacancies along the Red Arrow Freeway, it would not seem logical to require commercial space on the ground floor. Most communities that had this requirement are now repealing them and changing them from what they used to be because they have an overabundance of vacant commercial space,” she said.

Planning Commission Chairman John Chipman said the intention to have separate village corridors and districts in the Overlay District was to concentrate commercial entities in the central part of Union Pier, adding that he thinks Schulz is right to call the rules confusing.

“The reality is you’re not going to have storefronts all the way down the hall,” he said, adding that no order is perfect and “we’re going to work on it.”

Rappe later said, “The zoning ordinance, clear or unclear, is all we have at the moment. And there are things here that are written that are clearly not part of this development proposal.

Planner Andy Brown noted that a site plan has already been approved and the developer has been asked to make changes such as creating more visual security at the corner of Red Arrow and Goodwin, and they did.

“They did the things we asked for that were reasonable, which would make their sitemap even more appealing,” he said.

There has been debate over whether anything with the density of the Union Green project could ever be developed under the current zoning, Rappe said nine three-bedroom units per property was now the limit.

Following the Planning Commission’s 4-1 decision and a series of public comments, Rappe (who voted the only “no”) announced his intention to resign from the Planning Commission, calling the decision of requesting waivers from the ZBA instead of following what it called “absolutely horrible” proper procedures.

Those who spoke about the Union Green issue during public comments included:

Suzanne Koenigsberg, who said driving across the Red Arrow Freeway, a street at 45 miles per hour without lights, doesn’t seem like a safe bet. She also wondered if there would be enough parking for everyone likely to be in a short-term rental community.

Karen Doughty said she doesn’t think the proposed development is a good use of space. She also said it looks like the big trees that need to be felled will be replaced by 34 “twigs”.

Jim Harper said he thought the development was far too dense. Harper said the impact on already small and crowded public beaches worries him.

Fran Wersells asked “Why is there nothing green in Union Green, why is there no mention of using eco-friendly materials, solar panels, heaps of compost?”

Babe Paukstys said the traffic studies were done on weekdays while “our problems are on the weekends”. She said with up to a dozen people potentially in each of the 18 units, there aren’t enough parking spaces and sending them onto the Red Arrow Freeway isn’t safe. She also questioned the affordability of the units.

Nick Martinski said he thought township officials seemed more focused on representing the interests of the builder than township residents. “You’ve already approved it, and now you’re going to receive public comments. So our comments mean nothing.

Pijus Stoncius asked how the township fire department would arrive at a fire on the third floor.

Koenigsberg concluded the public comment session by saying “We don’t want that here.”

Also on February 9, the Planning Commission approved a site plan for a proposed Barndogg cafe in an existing structure near the corner of Wintergreen and Red Arrow Highway at Union Pier on the condition of obtaining a ZBA waiver involving permission public parking located less than 600 feet across the Red Arrow Freeway to alleviate the limited number of parking spaces available at the existing site, as well as to address concerns raised regarding front yard parking, removal of trash cans and widening of entry and exit points.

And planners heard from Joseph Reed, who said the planned concert hall for Harbert Community Park was progressing through a somewhat closed process by the park board without a proper master plan reviewed by the planning commission.

Edison NJ Zoning Board delays vote on Charlie Brown site plan

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EDISON — It won’t be until after Easter that the township’s zoning adjustment board will vote on a plan to build 23 age-restricted townhouses on the site of the former Charlie Brown restaurant on Plainfield Road.

After a five-hour hearing on Tuesday where more than 20 residents and two experts spoke out against the plan, council is scheduled to resume the hearing and vote on April 26.

Residents have been fighting the project for the past year because they say it’s too much development in a neighborhood of single-family homes.

Markim Developers is seeking permission to build 23 age-restricted townhouses on the zoned 2-acre golf course property at 222 Plainfield Road, adjacent to the Metuchen Golf and Country Club and homes along Edgewood Road.

Charlie Brown's former restaurant on Plainfield Road, Edison

The development requires a waiver of use which can only be granted by five votes from the panel of seven members.

Steven Tripp, Markim’s lawyer, said the age limit of 55 and over is the biggest change to the application since last summer after concerns were raised by residents and council . He said the age limit could be enforced in act restrictions.

Other changes to the original proposal, known as The Links of Edison $15 million project, include reducing the height of the building from 35 feet to 33 feet, prohibiting left turns off site, eliminating the balconies on the south and north buildings and adding 8-foot tall trees to provide more privacy to neighboring homes. The proposal also now includes elevators in each of the three-bedroom, four-level units.

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Edgewood Road resident Amit Patel said the revised plans were not acceptable.

“You’re putting too much on a 2-acre lot. It doesn’t fit the character of the neighborhood,” Patel said, adding that the large townhouses create privacy issues for nearby residents like him. “The request must be denied.”

Katherine Liseno of Edgewood Road said she lives in a special neighborhood where people care about each other and the neighborhood.

“The request is not in keeping with the character of the area,” Liseno said.

Tripp traffic expert Elizabeth Dolan, based in Somerville, said that with the age restriction, the number of trips generated from the site would decrease, especially during peak hours, as residents are more older and have more flexible hours.

But a zoning board member said he understood it was an accepted practice but added ‘it’s not the reality’.

Rendering of the four townhouse buildings planned for the site of Charlie Brown's Restaurant on Plainfield Road

Traffic has been a concern since the project was first proposed. The development is proposed along a section of the road near the entrance to Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Woodbrook Elementary School and near the Metuchen border and Saint Joseph Secondary School.

Paul Phillips, the applicant’s planner, said the restaurant’s secluded site is well suited to a townhouse development. Charlie Brown’s has been closed for about two years.

“It took a pandemic to close the restaurant. There is a demand for a family restaurant to reopen on the site,” said Edgewood Road resident Anthony Martin.

EARLIER:Developer is now looking to build 23 age-restricted townhouses on Edison Charlie Brown site

Phillips said that with the township’s changing demographics, there are very few age-restricted housing units at market rates in Edison. The 2,300 square foot units are expected to sell for around $650,000.

Phillips said he hadn’t researched the demand for this type of accommodation and a board member asked if the units weren’t selling, would Markim be looking to remove the age restriction. Tripp said it was nearly impossible to get an act restriction lifted once it was approved.

Peter Steck, a planning consultant hired by a group of Edgewood Road residents, said 23 units over four levels for people aged 55 and over in a wide but narrow design are causing overcrowding on the site. He said senior housing is not just for people aged 55 and over, but 62 and over.

“Fifty-five plus just means you don’t like school kids,” he said, adding that the property isn’t suitable for townhouses of that scale. He said six single-family homes on a cul-de-sac or another restaurant would be a more appropriate use.

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IC Downtown Tower Site Plan Review Fails

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A 13-story skyscraper could be coming to the site of the former US Bank drive-thru. CREDIT NOAH TONG

FEB. 28: The proposed 13-story skyscraper at 21 S. Linn St. in Iowa City has encountered another roadblock.

Iowa City staff members rejected site plan review for the CA Ventures-backed project on Feb. 22 after “staff objected because the plans did not meet all code requirements,” Iowa City senior planner Anne Russett said in an email to the CBJ.

CA Ventures now has the opportunity to review staff feedback before submitting a revised site plan.

Ms. Russett noted that it is common for site plans to go through several review cycles before being approved.

The previous review was due to be completed by March 2, and while the online public records indicate that another review of the sitemap will take place, there is no corresponding deadline for the next review for the moment.

The failed site review is the final hurdle Chicago-based CA Ventures will face after its initial proposal was rejected by the Iowa Board of Adjustment in August.

Undeveloped land on the site of the former U.S. Bank drive-thru at 21 S. Linn St. in Iowa City was eventually re-proposed.

CA Ventures, a Chicago-based developer that also owns RISE at 435 S. Linn St. and LATITUDE at Iowa River Landing, submitted a plan Feb. 9 for the construction of a 13-story mixed-use skyscraper. The building would include 2,511 square feet of retail space, 228 housing units and 255 rooms, according to Iowa City Public Records.

CA Ventures Vice President Andrew Savoy’s first proposal was rejected by the Iowa City Board of Adjustment in a 3-2 vote in August. A level of mystery has surrounded the lot since the ruling, after no further permit applications were filed with the city following the ruling.

Although available public records now lack detailed information, the new proposal at first glance resembles the previous plan. It seems that the new proposal represents one less accommodation than the first proposal, as the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported last year.

Public records indicate that the site plan should be fully revised by March 2. Next steps may include additional fees and an approval letter.

An email from Anne Russett, an Iowa City planner, to developers said more information may be needed for “proper review” to take place.

CA Ventures would likely have to appear before the adjustment board if the structure requires a special exception, as their previous plan called for last year.

The Chardon planning commission approves modifications to the site plan of the subdivision | local government

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The Chardon Planning Commission granted approval of the Conceptual Site Plan for a grouping of lots in the Thistlecreek Development Subdivision at its meeting held on February 1.

Members of the Planning Commission reviewed Thistlecreek Development LLC’s request to consolidate three properties into one lot prior to the registration of the Phase 1 recording platform.

“Since there are multiple parcels before they register the final subdivision, they basically have to combine them into one parcel and then flatten the subdivision, it’s like a household thing,” said Steven Yaney, community development administrator . “The subdivision now sits on three separate plots, so they have to plot them all as one.”

Home sites in the planned residential development of 31 detached single-family homes have a smaller footprint and range in size from 1,400 to 2,400 square feet.

The subdivision comprises 20.78 acres located on the north side of North Hambden Street, approximately 180 feet west of Grant Street near King Kone.

“The consolidation plateau probably should have happened a while ago, it just wasn’t picked up until the county looked at their paperwork and realized they couldn’t save the subdivision until that it wasn’t done,” Mr Yaney said. “They do this so they can record this.”

The members of the Commission also approved Thistlecreek’s request for approval of the registration document for phase 1.

“They are moving ahead so they can start building the houses because it will take another seven to nine months to build a house,” Yaney said. “That’s what the council kind of went through at their last meeting, allowing them to proceed knowing the gas and electric are going to be installed but not making them wait to register the dish because if they don’t ‘not register the flat, they can’t get permits for individual houses.

Mr Yaney said this would have delayed the construction of all the houses by a few months when realistically by the time the houses need gas and electric the gas and electric will be installed by the contractors of public services.

“It’s a bit of a weird situation because in a normal development world, like in normal times, all of this would have been done already, but there were issues with the materials for the companies and that delayed some things,” Mr. Yaney said.

Completion of the project is scheduled for June 30, 2022.

In other matters, elections for the President and Vice President of the Planning Commission for 2022-2023 were held.

Commission members elected Andrew K. Blackley as Chair and Mary Jo Stark as Vice-Chair, who will each serve in their respective positions for a one-year term.

Commission members also approved the schedule of meetings for the Planning Commission for 2022, where each meeting will take place on the third Tuesday of each month.

Rocky Hill will review the site plan for the redevelopment of the Ames property; 213 apartments for a mixed project

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The Rocky Hill Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to discuss a proposed site plan for redeveloping the long-vacant Ames headquarters on Main Street on Wednesday.

This is the second site plan submitted to the city by developer Belfonti Cos. LLC, based in Hamden.

The first plan was rejected by the commission about two months ago, but changes have been made to the overall design of the project, including the addition of additional public gathering space, according to Raymond Carpentino, director of economic development from Rocky Hill.

The latest site plan calls for the construction of 213 apartments in about 11 buildings, he said.

The project will include 93 one-bedroom units and 120 two-bedroom units, with 10% designated as affordable, according to Planning and Zoning Commission records.

The mixed-use development at 2418 Main Street will also contain 11,067 square feet of office space and 9,959 square feet of retail space with associated site improvements on approximately 12.65 acres.

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The former Ames Corporate Center in Rocky Hill at 2418 Main St.

About an acre of the property will be set aside for public gathering space, Carpentino said, including a large patio and fire pit.

The former 180,000 square foot Ames property has been vacant since 2002 and city leaders have called it an eyesore in the heart of the city. Proposals for rehabilitation have come and gone over the years, but remediation of the asbestos-contaminated structure has been key.

Last April, the state stepped in to help move redevelopment efforts forward by approving a $500,000 grant to help fund the demolition.

House passes site development and workforce training bills aimed at economic growth

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Delegates today passed several bills designed to help West Virginia’s economic development efforts.

The bills, several of which dealt with tax credits or tax exemptions, will now go to the state Senate.

“It’s Freedom Day, I think,” said Delegate Kayla Young, D-Kanawha, joking lightly on a phrase often used in the House to describe bills intended to loosen regulations or provide more. flexibility to citizens.

“Today it does,” replied House Finance Chairman Eric Householder, R-Berkeley.

House Bill 4002 would create the Certified Site Readiness and Development Program. Lawmakers in the House of Delegates have pushed for the bill since the start of the regular session and passed it today, 98-0.

The West Virginia Economic Development Council passed a resolution earlier this year in support of the legislation.

The bill seeks to push the state’s Department of Economic Development to develop site evaluation and criteria standards and application processes for developers. Applicants can only include state, county, municipal, or regional government entities such as economic development authorities.

From there, the department could use the applications to select sites for the program, allowing for matching grants of up to 50%. There is a micro-grants program of up to $25,000 per site.

House Speaker Roger Hanshaw touted the bill as a vital economic development tool during an appearance this week on MetroNews’ “Talkline.”

Roger Hanshaw

Hanshaw has written off last month’s major investment announcements by Nucor Steel, GreenPower Motor and Owens & Minor.

“It’s that we need to have a property ready for development if we’re going to have any hope of recruiting and attracting development,” he said.

“We got a master’s education by recruiting and landing the Nucor investment here in West Virginia. We are determined to learn from it and make the most of it. »

Hanshaw also promoted HB 4465, “Relating to the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit”, which also passed the House of Delegates today. It provides a credit to employers for wages paid to apprentices.

This bill passed 96-0 today.

“Workers matter, and they matter more than they ever have before, because we have such a national shortage of trained and skilled workers,” he said.

“We know that the skilled trades play a vital role in bringing any viable investment to life in West Virginia. So if we’re going into the market to attract and recruit these kinds of Fortune 500, Fortune 100, Fortune 50 investments here in our state, we need to have people who can build these buildings, who can wire these lines, who can install these machines, which can commission these buildings.

Preliminary site plan approved for Cider Creek | News for Fenton, Linden, Holly MI

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The second time could be the charm.

Applicants wishing to build a development behind Mueller’s Orchard returned to the Fenton Township Planning Commission with a new application, which received preliminary site plan approval on Thursday, February 10.

Lombardo Homes submitted a construction plan for a 95-unit single-family housing development behind the orchard with access to Linden and Lobdell roads. Thursday’s planning commission meeting marks the second time candidates have come to the township with a plan for building in the area, which spans about 67 acres.

The first application was for a 142-unit neighborhood, which was reduced to 122. Last year, the Fenton Township Board denied the rezoning application due to ordinance restrictions.

Lyle Winn, development compliance manager for Lombardo Homes, said he met with the township to further review the zoning ordinances and gain a better understanding. They redesigned the plans and decided to stay with the current zoning.

This new plan proposes 95 lots ranging in size from 12,000 square feet to approximately 15,500 square feet. Minimum unit width is 75 square feet. The land of approximately 67 acres is zoned residential-3 (R-3).

Zoning administrator Michael Deem said the plans also meet setback requirements.

Candidates plan to build a pathway through the complex. The plans show 45.1% open space with two retention basins.

He said there is no buffer zone between properties required for R-3, and they require two trees per lot and three per corner lot. The ordinance also requires trees along access roads, which would be built from Linden and Lobdell roads.

“Going through these ordinance requirements, they are not asking for any waivers. They meet the minimum standards to zoning ordinance requirements,” Deem said.

Several residents sent letters against the development. A resident is concerned about traffic and wells. Other residents are concerned about the smell of the sewer, the potential impact of nearby wells and drainage runoff.

The developers will now work on the engineering plans and return to the planning commission at a later date for final site plan approval.

Milton processing plant project continues as commissioners approve site analysis

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Commissioners have approved a site survey for a 100-acre area near the Blackwater River to build RIBS for the next sewage treatment plant.

The item, which went through the no objection consent agenda, would allow Santa Rosa to deed the land to the City of Milton with the survey necessary for the viability of the RIBS.

It is a follow-up step after commissioners previously approved a geotechnical analysis of county lands between Blackwater River and the Santa Rosa Correctional Facility, paving the way for a much-needed new sewage treatment plant to Milton.

“Without a factory coming online soon, saying yes to other businesses will be more difficult,” Milton City Manager Randy Jorgenson said during a May 2021 commission meeting. “In fact, this will be impossible.”

The June 2021 commissioners’ decision to fund a geotechnical analysis of the sewage treatment plant continues to be pushed back, with citizens asking for the plant to be located elsewhere.

“There’s a massive failure opportunity there,” Milton resident Jerry Couey said at the Feb. 7 meeting, “and it’s a straight shot down the river.”

According to Jorgenson, Milton City Council is the only body authorized to decide the location of the plant, which he says was decided more than a decade ago..

“The location of the sewage treatment plant on city land is a decision that must be made by city council,” he said. “This decision was first made 14 years ago in 2008.”

The current plan for the processing facility is to await completion of the RIBS site analysis to determine the next steps in the process.

Clark University Requests Review of Site Plan for New Media Arts Building

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WORCESTER — Clark University plans to construct a four-story building dedicated to media arts, computing and design at the corner of Woodland and Hawthorne streets, according to documents filed with the Planning Board.

The university has applied for a final site plan review with the Planning Board for the construction and development of 151 Woodland St., also known as 9 Hawthorne St.

According to the filing, the university is planning a new quad zone, accessory parking, landscaping, curbs and walkways as part of the project. The new building will contain a lecture hall, classrooms, video and virtual production labs and studios, computer labs, a video game library, offices, lounges and other spaces.

clark announced his plans last year for the new building; part of it will accommodate the university’s absorption of the video game program from the former Becker College.

Parking spaces at the current site are used by faculty and staff and will be removed for the project, but the filing says there is “more than adequate” parking at other locations on campus.

The university has not been shy in recent years to expand its footprint in the region. End of last year he bought the former Diamond Chevrolet lot at Park Avenue and Maywood Street for $7 million; he has yet to announce his plans for the 7-acre parcel.

And in 2016, Clark open the $19 million Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center, its first foray into Main Street, on the site of a former church next to University Park.

MEC: Mississippi invests nearly $25 million in site development

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Below is a press release from the Mississippi Economic Council:

Governor Tate Reeves recently announced that the State of Mississippi is investing nearly $25 million in site development projects across the state. Site development grant funds made available through the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and RESTORE Act assist local economic development entities in their efforts to stimulate economic growth by attracting new industries to competitive and start-up sites.

“Ready-to-go sites are a top priority for businesses looking for a new location,” Governor Tate Reeves said. “By investing in these sites today, we are laying the foundation on which businesses can quickly locate, grow and create jobs for future generations of Mississippians.”

The MDA recently awarded a total of $1,637,983 under its Site Development Grants program for projects in the Ready Sites and Premier Sites categories. Ready sites require a minimum of 20 highly developable acres, and the site must be ready for operation within six months and must be able to have utilities on site within 12 months. Ready sites are eligible to receive up to $50,000 in funding. Premier sites require a minimum of 100 acres and must have attributes that set them apart from other properties, such as being in high-demand locations, having large-scale “mega” development acreage, or having significant utility infrastructure already in place. They must also have a workforce capable of attracting the target market. Premier sites are eligible to receive up to $250,000 in funding. Those who have secured funding include:

Sites ready

Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce – $25,000 for performing environmental due diligence at the Cleveland Industrial Park

Jones County Economic Development Authority – $50,000 for drainage improvements at Howard Industrial Park

Greene County Board of Supervisors – $50,000 for environmental due diligence at the Greene County Railroad site

Harrison County Development Commission – $28,000 for the installation of broadband in the North Harrison County industrial complex

Marion County Economic Development District – $50,000 for environmental due diligence and compensation at Columbia New Generation Park

Walthall County Board of Supervisors – $49,983.20 for clearance and design and construction of an entrance to US Hwy. 98 Locations

Yellow Creek State Inland Ports Authority – $50,000 to conduct environmental due diligence and clearing and grubbing at the Boothe property development at the Port of Yellow Creek

Prime Sites

Community Development Foundation – $250,000 for the construction of a construction site and an expansion site, and the initial construction of an access road to the HIVE Business Park

Hancock County Harbor and Harbor Commission – $250,000 for environmental due diligence at Port Bienville Industrial Park Site #1

Madison County Economic Development Authority – $250,000 for clearing and grubbing at the Madison County mega site

Panola partnership – $85,000 for the engineering/design of an elevated water reservoir at the Panola County Airport Industrial Park

Rankin First Economic Development Authority – $250,000 for the construction of a construction platform at the East Metro Center rail site in the EMC Industrial Park

Smith County Economic Development District – $250,000 for infrastructure improvements at the Smith County industrial site

The MDA has also committed $11,642,589 in Site Development Grants – funding for selected sites. The Select Sites program was created in 2021 to increase the number of highly competitive industrial sites in the state that are available and ready to meet the needs of potential businesses. Twenty of the state’s major public industrial sites were assessed by the Greenville, South Carolina-based Strategic Development Group, which was contracted by the state’s electric utilities. Among these sites, the following have been invited to apply for funding for the selected sites, depending on the current availability of funds:

Select locations

Belwood Industrial Park, Adams County – $1,825,977 to complete the construction of the dike and make drainage improvements

Ceres Research and Industrial Interplex – Site B, Warren County – $1,368,000 for stream mitigation, drainage improvements, water and sewer system upgrades and to design entrance improvements

Site I-59 South, Jones County – $553,600 for access roads and clearing

Supply Chain I-59 Park (at Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport), Jones County – $3,402,858 to improve sanitary sewer capacity; build a construction platform and make the intersection modifications

NorthStar Industrial Park, Oktibbeha County – $679,775 for permits and wetland mitigation; clearing, grubbing and grading; and the development of an all-round access road

Springs Industrial Park, Marshall County – $346,875 to thin and fell trees

University of Southern Mississippi – The Garden, Forrest County – $3,465,504 for clearing, grubbing and grading and construction of an access road

Governor Reeves also approved ARC funding for the NorthStar Industrial Park and invited the site to submit a full application for $2,719,102 in ARC SAAW funding.

RESTORE Act funding in the amount of $8,927,940 is also helping three projects with site development needs. The projects approved on RESTORE Act funds, administered by the Environmental Quality Department, are:

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport – $4,180,000 for development work on a 241-acre economic development site at the airport

Hancock County Harbor and Harbor Commission – $2,547,940 for engineering/design and site development works at Stennis International Airport Site #13

Hancock County Harbor and Harbor Commission – $2,200,000 for site development at Hancock County Tech Park at Stennis International Airport

“MDA commends each of these communities for taking the initiative to ensure their sites are competitive and ready to meet the unique needs of businesses across a wide range of industries,” said Laura Hipp, Interim Chief Executive Officer of MDA. “Mississippi is a great place to do business, and the continued development of these industrial sites is another attribute we can add to our strong portfolio of competitive business advantages.”3100 Audubon Dr

Indian Land SC New Home Subdivision Self Storage Site Plan

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Lancaster County

Two proposals to further develop Indian lands are in the works, although neither has clearly sailed to the necessary approvals.

Both projects will go before the Lancaster County Planning Commission when the group meets on February 15. Both involve proposed zoning changes for higher density development, one residential and the other commercial.

The owners have submitted a rezoning application for 38 acres on Harrisburg Road to create a new residential development. The Llewellyn development would be on the west side of Harrisburg, opposite Estates at Covington. The application does not list a number of proposed houses. The requested zoning change is from low density to medium density residential.

The property includes land at the southwest corner of Harrisburg and Barberville roads. County staff advise against the zoning change. The planning commission will receive its recommendation before Lancaster County Council makes the final decision.

In another move, Panhandle Partners has requested the rezoning of almost 10 acres on Charlotte Highway across from Arrowhead Road to allow for a self-storage facility. The vacant property is just south of Southern Paws Animal Hospital between US 521 and Charles Pettus Road. The application mentions office and retail uses in addition to storage.

Plans submitted for what is called Indian Land Storage show the main access from Charlotte Highway to three buildings. An approximately 30,000 square foot building and parking lot and a 10,000 square foot building are located at the front of the development. A two-story, 70,000 square foot building sits farther back. The plan also shows a row of covered parking lots 45 feet deep and two uncovered rows at 35 and 45 feet deep.

County staff also advise against the storage site plan, due to higher density commercial development in the requested zoning district. It will also go to the town planning commission, then to the county council.

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Hotel Sitemap Process Takes Next Step | Columbia County

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HUDSON — The city’s planning board has cleared the next steps for a Galvan Foundation site plan application to redevelop 402-406 Warren St. and 10-12 N. 4th St. into a hotel of 30 rooms, a restaurant and a commercial space.

Before the planning board can approve a project, it must first weigh the potential environmental impacts.

In New York, most projects proposed by a state agency or local government unit must complete an environmental assessment form. The Galvan Foundation submitted a form to the planning board on November 24.

Upon review of this, under state environmental law, the planning board classified the proposed development as “unlisted”.

This means that the site will not have an environmental impact on more than 10 acres of land and it cannot be classified in the Type I or Type II action categories.

In addition, the planning board must conduct its own environmental review of the project.

National regulations allow different procedures if a sitemap is deemed unlisted. Type I actions are larger projects more likely to have environmental impacts, such as a non-commercial space of 25,000 feet or more. Type II actions determine that entities such as a single-family home do not have a significant environmental impact. The unlisted category is a gray area if a proposal does not fit into the other types. The planning board does not have to contact state agencies, although city attorney Victoria Polidoro of the Rodenhouse Chale law firm in Rhinebeck said she would consult with both the Department of State Health and the State Historic Preservation Office.

The planning board also voted unanimously to list itself as the lead agency overseeing the project’s environmental review.

The total area of ​​the proposed site is 0.22 acres. Galvan estimated it would take a year to complete the redevelopment and construction.

The revenue the Foundation receives from the proposed hotel will go directly to their social goals, according to Dan Kent, vice president of initiatives for the Galvan Foundation.

At the planning board meeting, Polidoro said the Hudson Planning Board wants to be responsible for the review and is asking the public as well as involved and interested agencies such as the Columbia County Health Department. The Hudson Department of Public Works, Hudson Historic Preservation Commission and Hudson Fire Department are invited to submit their questions, concerns and comments which will then be deliberated at a meeting in March. The Galvan Foundation will also submit additional documents and information to the planning committee for review at the March meeting.

The Galvan Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by T. Eric Galloway and Henry van Ameringen. She is committed to improving the economic life of Hudson by purchasing historic buildings and redeveloping them for residential, commercial and community use. The foundation also helps create affordable housing in the city, according to Kent.

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Aboitiz Construction Completes Cebu Ecotourism Park Site Development

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ABOITIZ Construction, Inc. announced on Wednesday that it has recently completed development work for the future ecotourism site of Magspeak Nature Park, Inc. in Balamban, Cebu.

“This site development project is an important milestone for us as we build our infrastructure capabilities,” said Alex P. Garciano, vice president of construction operations for Aboitiz Construction, in a statement sent by email.

The company said the project includes 630 meter road pavements, concrete sidewalks, curbs, gutters and drainage system improvement.

“Aboitiz Construction has also prepared parking areas, paths and terraces of sloping areas to protect people from the risk of soil erosion,” he added.

The company said it expects to complete various projects this year, including the construction of a 6,000 square meter warehouse in Iloilo City and water infrastructure in Batangas.

It is also building a warehouse for Therma Visayas, Inc. in Toledo City, Cebu.

The company has started work on its projects in the city of Parañaque, which include the construction of a 26,000 square meter warehouse and office buildings.

The company intends to expand further into water and transport infrastructure, ready-to-use plant projects and maintenance services.

According to the company, among its achievements last year was the completion of maintenance and shutdown work at Sarangani Energy Corp’s thermal power plant.

Civil works for the extension of a fuel storage facility in Subic, Zambales and construction works for a local manufacturer and distributor of high quality oleochemicals in Misamis Oriental were also completed last year. — Arjay L. Balinbin

Mississippi invests nearly $25 million in site development | Mississippi Politics and Current Affairs

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“By investing in these sites today, we are laying the foundation on which businesses can quickly locate, grow and create jobs for future generations of Mississippians,” Governor Reeves said.

Governor Tate Reeves today announced that the State of Mississippi is investing nearly $25 million in site development projects across the state. Site development grant funds made available through the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and RESTORE Act assist local economic development entities in their efforts to stimulate economic growth by attracting new industries to competitive and start-up sites.

“Ready-to-go sites are a top priority for businesses looking for a new location,” Governor Tate Reeves said. “By investing in these sites today, we are laying the foundation on which businesses can quickly locate, grow and create jobs for future generations of Mississippians.”

The MDA recently awarded a total of $1,637,983 under its Site Development Grants program for projects in the Ready Sites and Premier Sites categories. Ready sites require a minimum of 20 highly developable acres, and the site must be ready for operation within six months and must be able to have utilities on site within 12 months. Ready sites are eligible to receive up to $50,000 in funding. Premier sites require a minimum of 100 acres and must have attributes that set them apart from other properties, such as being in high-demand locations, having large-scale “mega” development acreage, or having significant utility infrastructure already in place. They must also have a workforce capable of attracting the target market. Premier sites are eligible to receive up to $250,000 in funding. Those who have secured funding include:

  • Sites ready
    • Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce – $25,000 for performing environmental due diligence at the Cleveland Industrial Park
    • Jones County Economic Development Authority – $50,000 for drainage improvements at Howard Industrial Park
    • Greene County Board of Supervisors – $50,000 for environmental due diligence at the Greene County Railroad site
    • Harrison County Development Commission – $28,000 for the installation of broadband in the North Harrison County industrial complex
    • Marion County Economic Development District – $50,000 for environmental due diligence and compensation at Columbia New Generation Park
    • Walthall County Board of Supervisors – $49,983.20 for clearance and design and construction of an entrance to US Hwy. 98 Locations
    • Yellow Creek State Inland Ports Authority – $50,000 to conduct environmental due diligence and clearing and grubbing at the Boothe property development at the Port of Yellow Creek
  • Premier Sites
    • Community Development Foundation – $250,000 for the construction of a construction site and an expansion site, and the initial construction of an access road to the HIVE Business Park
    • Hancock County Harbor and Harbor Commission – $250,000 for environmental due diligence at Port Bienville Industrial Park Site #1
    • Madison County Economic Development Authority – $250,000 for clearing and grubbing at the Madison County mega site
    • Panola partnership – $85,000 for the engineering/design of an elevated water reservoir at the Panola County Airport Industrial Park
    • Rankin First Economic Development Authority – $250,000 for the construction of a construction platform at the East Metro Center rail site in the EMC Industrial Park
    • Smith County Economic Development District – $250,000 for infrastructure improvements at the Smith County industrial site

The MDA has also committed $11,642,589 in Site Development Grants – funding for selected sites. The Select Sites program was created in 2021 to increase the number of highly competitive industrial sites in the state that are available and ready to meet the needs of potential businesses. Twenty of the state’s major public industrial sites were assessed by the Greenville, South Carolina-based Strategic Development Group, which was contracted by the state’s electric utilities. Among these sites, the following have been invited to apply for funding for the selected sites, depending on the current availability of funds:

  • Select locations
    • Belwood Industrial Park, Adams County – $1,825,977 to complete the construction of the dike and make drainage improvements
    • Ceres Research and Industrial Interplex – Site B, Warren County – $1,368,000 for stream mitigation, drainage improvements, water and sewer system upgrades and to design entrance improvements
    • Site I-59 South, Jones County – $553,600 for access roads and clearing
    • Supply Chain I-59 Park (at Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport), Jones County – $3,402,858 to improve sanitary sewer capacity; build a construction platform and make the intersection modifications
    • NorthStar Industrial Park, Oktibbeha County – $679,775 for permits and wetland mitigation; clearing, grubbing and grading; and the development of an all-round access road
    • Springs Industrial Park, Marshall County – $346,875 to thin and fell trees
    • University of Southern Mississippi – The Garden, Forrest County – $3,465,504 for clearing, grubbing and grading and construction of an access road

Governor Reeves also approved ARC funding for the NorthStar Industrial Park and invited the site to submit a full application for $2,719,102 in ARC SAAW funding.

RESTORE Act funding in the amount of $8,927,940 is also helping three projects with site development needs. The projects approved on RESTORE Act funds, administered by the Environmental Quality Department, are:

  • Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport – $4,180,000 for development work on a 241-acre economic development site at the airport
  • Hancock County Harbor and Harbor Commission – $2,547,940 for engineering/design and site development works at Stennis International Airport Site #13
  • Hancock County Harbor and Harbor Commission – $2,200,000 for site development at Hancock County Tech Park at Stennis International Airport

“MDA commends each of these communities for taking the initiative to ensure their sites are competitive and ready to meet the unique needs of businesses across a wide range of industries,” said Laura Hipp, Interim Chief Executive Officer of MDA. “Mississippi is a great place to do business, and the continued development of these industrial sites is another attribute we can add to our strong portfolio of competitive business advantages.”

Press release

02/10/2022

Mississippi is investing nearly $25 million in site development

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JACKSON, Miss. (WDAM) – Governor Tate Reeves announced that the State of Mississippi is investing nearly $25 million in site development projects across the state. This includes Columbia New Generation Park in Marion County.

The Mississippi Development Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission, and RESTORE Act help local economic development entities drive economic growth by attracting new industries to competitive, start-up sites.

“Ready-to-go sites are a top priority for businesses looking for a new location,” Governor Tate Reeves said. “By investing in these sites today, we are laying the foundation on which businesses can quickly locate, grow and create jobs for future generations of Mississippians.”

The MDA recently awarded a total of $1,637,983 under its Site Development Grants program for projects in the Ready Sites and Premier Sites categories.

Ready sites require a minimum of 20 highly developable acres and must be ready for operation within six months. They must also be able to have utilities on site within 12 months. Ready sites are eligible to receive up to $50,000 in funding.

Premier sites require a minimum of 100 acres and have attributes that set them apart from other properties, such as being in high-demand locations, having large-scale “mega” development acreage, or having significant utility infrastructure already in place. square. They must also have a workforce capable of attracting the target market. Premier sites are eligible to receive up to $250,000 in funding.

Those who have secured funding include:

• Sites ready

  • Marion County Economic Development District – $50,000 for environmental due diligence and compensation at Columbia New Generation Park
  • Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce – $25,000 for performing environmental due diligence at the Cleveland Industrial Park
  • Jones County Economic Development Authority – $50,000 for drainage improvements at Howard Industrial Park
  • Greene County Board of Supervisors – $50,000 for environmental due diligence at the Greene County Railroad site
  • Harrison County Development Commission – $28,000 for the installation of broadband in the North Harrison County industrial complex
  • Walthall County Board of Supervisors – $49,983.20 for clearance and design and construction of an entrance to US Hwy. 98 Locations
  • Yellow Creek State Inland Ports Authority – $50,000 to conduct environmental due diligence and clearing and grubbing at the Boothe property development at the Port of Yellow Creek

Premier Sites

  • Community Development Foundation – $250,000 for the construction of a construction site and an expansion site, and the initial construction of an access road to the HIVE Business Park
  • Hancock County Harbor and Harbor Commission – $250,000 for environmental due diligence at Port Bienville Industrial Park Site #1
  • Madison County Economic Development Authority – $250,000 for clearing and grubbing at the Madison County mega site
  • Panola partnership – $85,000 for the engineering/design of an elevated water reservoir at the Panola County Airport Industrial Park
  • Rankin First Economic Development Authority – $250,000 for the construction of a construction platform at the East Metro Center rail site in the EMC Industrial Park
  • Smith County Economic Development District – $250,000 for infrastructure improvements at the Smith County industrial site

The MDA has also committed $11,642,589 in Site Development Grants – funding for selected sites.

The Select Sites program was created to increase the number of highly competitive industrial sites available for potential business needs.

The following sites have been invited to apply for funding for the selected sites based on current availability of funds:

• Select sites

  • University of Southern Mississippi – The Garden, Forrest County – $3,465,504 for clearing, grubbing and grading and construction of an access road
  • Site I-59 South, Jones County – $553,600 for access roads and clearing
  • Supply Chain I-59 Park (at Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport), Jones County – $3,402,858 to improve sanitary sewer capacity; build a construction platform and make the intersection modifications
  • Belwood Industrial Park, Adams County – $1,825,977 to complete the construction of the dike and make drainage improvements
  • Ceres Research and Industrial Interplex – Site B, Warren County – $1,368,000 for watercourse mitigation, drainage improvements, water and sewer system upgrades, and entrance improvement design
  • NorthStar Industrial Park, Oktibbeha County – $679,775 for permits and wetland mitigation; clearing, grubbing and grading; and the development of an all-round access road
  • Springs Industrial Park, Marshall County – $346,875 to thin and fell trees

“MDA commends each of these communities for taking the initiative to ensure their sites are competitive and ready to meet the unique needs of businesses across a wide range of industries,” said Laura Hipp, Interim Chief Executive Officer of MDA. “Mississippi is a great place to do business, and the continued development of these industrial sites is another attribute we can add to our strong portfolio of competitive business advantages.”

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Mississippi invests nearly $25 million in site development | Mississippi News

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is investing nearly $25 million in site development projects across the state, Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday.

“Ready-to-go sites are a top priority for businesses looking for a new location,” Reeves said in a press release. “By investing in these sites today, we are laying the foundation on which businesses can quickly locate, grow and create jobs for future generations of Mississippians.”

Reeves said the grant funds were made available through the Mississippi Development Authority, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the RESTORE Act to assist local economic development entities in their efforts to spur economic growth. .

Sites eligible for funding of up to $50,000 include drainage improvements at Howard Industrial Park in Jones County; the broadband installation at the North Harrison County Industrial Complex in Harrison County and clearance, and the design and construction of an entrance to the US Hwy 98 site in Walthall County.

Premier sites, which can receive up to $250,000 in funding, include the engineering and design of an elevated water reservoir at the Panola County Airport Industrial Park and infrastructure improvements to the site Smith County industrialist.

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And some sites, eligible to receive funding ranging from $346,000 to $3.4 million, include Belwood Industrial Park in Adams County to complete levee construction and make drainage improvements and Ceres Research Industrial Interplex in Warren County to mitigate watercourses, improve drainage, improve water and sewer systems, and design entrance improvements.

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Solon Council Approves Revised Site Plan for Aged Housing Complex Addition

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SOLON, Ohio — City Council has approved a revised site plan for an addition to the Vitalia active adult community in Solon.

Vitalia, located at 6050 Kruse Drive, offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care units. It was developed by Solon-based Omni Senior Living.

The 11,934 square foot expansion, located adjacent to Omni Senior Living’s existing headquarters at 33095 Bainbridge Road, will house 30 additional residential units.

On Monday (February 7), council approved the site plan, 6-1, along with nine deviations that were recommended for approval by the city’s Planning Commission.

The commission had recommended approval of the project subject to both the applicant’s agreement with the site plan submitted by the city’s planning department showing the location of a potential 10-foot-wide pathway and compliance with the guidelines of the city’s engineering department.

Ward 5 Vice Mayor and Councilwoman Nancy Meany cast the dissenting vote on the site plan and also voted “no” on a front yard setback.

Meany noted that the project was originally presented to council in October 2020. She also voted “no” to this site plan when council approved it 6-1.

“My problem with that – and it’s the same ongoing problem – is that I think it’s an overdevelopment of the site,” she said. “I think trying to squeeze another building over there is just too much.”

Meany said this proposed addition is a different plan than the one submitted by Omni and approved by the board in October 2020.

“The original building was going to be sort of parallel to where Omni’s headquarters is,” she said. “Now it’s more horizontal, and that even worries me a bit more.”

Meany said she was “super supportive” of the original construction of the senior housing complex, which opened in September 2020.

“I think it’s filled so much of a need in the city, providing an absolutely beautiful place for older people to go and reside,” she said. “I am delighted that it has really succeeded.

“But I just feel like it’s too much on this site.”

Solon Vice Mayor and Ward 5 Councilman Nancy Meany voices her objections to a revised site plan for an addition to Vitalia Active Adult Community in Solon at the city council meeting Monday, February 7. (Ed Wittenberg, special for cleveland.com)

Gary Biales, vice president of development for Omni Senior Living, submitted an application to the city in December for the revised addition, including site and parking changes.

Ward 3 Councilman Jeremy Zelwin asked Biales what had changed from the original site plan.

“I changed the location of the building,” Biales said.

Biales then explained by showing an architectural rendering of the previously approved plan, compared to that of the revised plan.

“The (original) addition was the same 30 units – same height, same architecture,” he said. “But there was a catwalk on the second floor.

“The reason it was on the second floor is because firefighters need year-round access. That made it really difficult. Part of it was outdoors, and we didn’t didn’t like it so we came back and changed it.

The revised plan — with the same square footage as the previous one — includes a hallway in the middle that connects to the existing building, Biales said.

“So there’s no walking outside,” he said. “That’s the difference.”

Zelwin asked, “How about the number of parking spaces compared to the original plan?”

“Even though it was reconfigured, we actually added spaces from our original plan,” Biales said.

Zelwin then asked Biales why Omni didn’t start earlier, after the board approved the original plan 16 months ago.

“I don’t want to endorse this and wait another year,” Zelwin said. “We don’t want to keep endorsing these deviations and moving forward with this and then you don’t fulfill your promise.”

Biales said part of the reason for the delay was the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was not the right time to innovate, get loans and everything else,” he said. “And while we were in that period, we kept analyzing that and saying, ‘It’s just too far for people to have to walk in open space.

“It just didn’t make sense in a lot of cases. This building now shows that it is only an extension of our existing building.

As for Omni’s timeline, Biales said his goal is to begin work on the site in May and then begin construction in August.

“So we’re looking at opening in April next year,” he said.

Omni has developed seven other Vitalia senior living communities in the Cleveland/Akron area, according to its website, omniseniorliving.com.

Modified salary grids

Separately, the board amended an order approved in December that established wage grids and wage increases of up to 2% this year for full-time and part-time employees not covered by a collective agreement.

The amended order offers these employees a wage increase of up to 2.25% – the same level the board approved for employees covered by the collective agreement. The increase is retroactive to January 1.

“It’s about getting our non-union employees to get the same wage increases as our CBA employees,” Meany said.

Zelwin noted that the impact of this 0.25% increase on the city’s general fund budget will be $50,000 this year.

“We think we can absorb that or use part of the budget contingency fund to pay for salary increases to match collective agreements,” he said.

The board also approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association for city corrections officers.

The three-year contract runs until December 31, 2024. The union agreed to a ‘fair adjustment’ in pay this year and pay increases of 2.25% next year and 2.5 % in 2024.

It’s similar to the three-year contracts the board approved Jan. 18 with the police department’s sergeants, lieutenants and patrolmen.

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Cityview and Stockbridge pay $22m for South Bay site, plan 235-unit apartment complex

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12850 Crenshaw Boulevard with Terry Francher and Sol Raso of Stockbridge Capital and Sean Burton of Cityview (Kilograph, Stockbridge, Cityview)

Local multi-family investor Cityview and San Francisco-based Stockbridge Capital Partners have partnered to design an apartment complex in the South Bay.

The companies have purchased a site at 12850 Crenshaw Boulevard in Gardena that is fully entitled to a 235-unit complex, according to a joint announcement Monday.

Records show the duo bought the site for $22.3 million from Raven Construction. The property currently houses a 25,000 square foot warehouse, built in 1958. Cityview and Stockbridge plan to build a range of studio, one and two bedroom units, as well as a swimming pool, spa and gym .

Dubbed South Bay X, the complex is expected to be completed in early 2025, with construction beginning later this year.

The companies plan to bring “labour housing at market price”.

Labor housing is a term often used to describe apartments reserved for those earning between 60 and 120 percent of the region’s median income, usually in exchange for some form of public funding for the landlord.

The term ‘market rate labor housing’ suggests Cityview and Stockbridge will not use public funding, aiming to attract middle-class tenants without locking themselves into any restrictions on rental rates .

The proposed complex appears to be well-located in terms of local labor that can afford market rates – it’s about half a mile from SpaceX headquarters and Amazon’s Ring unit.

Not far away in nearby Hawthorne, Standard Communities and the California Statewide Communities Development Authority recently purchased a 230-unit complex at 12530 Crenshaw Boulevard for $140 million. The deal falls under a formal “workforce housing” structure, where Standard Communities will reduce rents at this apartment complex for qualified residents who earn between 80-120% of the area’s median income. .

Records reveal a possible site plan for the redevelopment of the North DeKalb Mall; plan includes groceries – Decaturish

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Greater Decatur, Georgia — North DeKalb Mall is once again in the eye for a massive redevelopment project, but the developer – Edens – has played things close to the vest, choosing to share little with the press and holding closed-door meetings with the community.

But records provided to Decaturish show Edens plans to balance its residential and commercial projects with green spaces, pathways and other public amenities. Whether they satisfy neighborhood concerns about the scale of the project is another matter.

The plan, which is still preliminary and has not been widely publicized, also shows nearly 50,000 square feet allocated for a grocery store, but does not name the store. The plan appears to include keeping the AMC theater and Marshall’s retail store. It is important to note that the site plan obtained by Decaturish could change before it is officially presented to the public.

To view the PDF of the preliminary site plan, click here.

Theresa Same, zoning chair for the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association, is one of the few members of the public outside the county to have seen the preliminary plans. On February 8, she said she wouldn’t comment for now because she wanted to give the public a chance to see it and share her thoughts on it.

Edens will hold its first public community meeting on February 22 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

The first slide of the North DeKalb Mall redevelopment project presentation. Image obtained via DeKalb County.

Decaturish received a Zoom link to a meeting Edens held a few weeks ago with some community members, but was asked to leave the meeting as the press had not been invited. Edens, who also owns the Toco Hills Shopping Center on North Druid Hills Road, has so far declined to speak to the press. The first public preview of the project was a filing for the development to be considered a Regional Impact Development by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

The preliminary site plan provided in response to a request for documents resembles the one presented at the meeting Decaturish was asked to leave. The Request for Records also produced a summary of early community feedback on the plan.

Edens’ proposal is more ambitious than the failed proposal that preceded it. The developer wants to create a mixed-use development with shops, a hotel, apartments and townhouses. Plans call for 300,000 square feet of retail space, 200,000 square feet of office space, a 150-room hotel, 1,700 apartments and 100 townhouses. The estimated completion date of the project is 2028.

For comparison, a plan in 2018 that failed proposed 425 apartments and 40 to 50 townhouses.

Edens offers green spaces and paths for shared use within the project. One of the slides shows the overall project connectivity plan. The developer plans to realign Mistletoe Road and entrance buildings.

Perkins and Will, a design firm hired by the County Commission for $20,000, listed several proposed revisions to the site plan based on early community feedback. Commissioner Jeff Rader said the company was advising the county, not Edens. Suggestions for the plan include expanding shared use lanes and adding bus shelters. Concerns include the lack of integration of the Mysterious Way townhouse parcel into the general master plan and the Birch Road trail alignment.

There may also be an affordable housing component to the project. Perkins and Will’s memo says one of the “next steps” is: “To take next steps on providing affordable housing as part of the master plan.”

To see Perkins and Will’s memo, click here.

Here are additional slides from the presentation provided by DeKalb County in response to our request for recording:

Image obtained via DeKalb County

Image obtained via DeKalb County

Image obtained via DeKalb County

Image obtained via DeKalb County

Image obtained via DeKalb County

Correction: An earlier version of this story provided incorrect information about who hired Perkins and Will. This story has been updated with the correct information.

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Athol Daily News – Uma gets approval for modified sitemap to accommodate expansion

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ATHOL – At its meeting on Wednesday February 2, the Athol Community Planning and Development Board approved a site plan amendment for Uma Cultivation’s operation at 706 Petersham Road. The original site plan, approved by the board of directors in December 2020, called for the construction of a 10,000 square foot building to house offices, manufacturing spaces, storage spaces and a 6 000 square feet for growing marijuana.

However, as planning for the project progressed, Uma officials determined that the original building they had proposed would be insufficient to meet the needs of the business and sought board approval. to double the size of the proposed structure to 20,000 square feet.

A public hearing on the proposal opened in November last year, with follow-up at monthly council meetings in December and January. The hearing closed on January 5, but no decision on the amended plan was made at the time. Time was given to council members to weigh any proposed conditions they might want to attach to the amended plan and to allow for a review of the site plan by the council’s engineering consultant, Tighe & Bond.

Ahead of last week’s vote, Athol planning and development director Eric Smith told the council: “This is now a major site plan process due to the fact that they offer 20,000 square feet. This triggered a major review. Their intentions are to eventually reach 50,000 square feet, which means they will have to come back in the future, and this will be an additional site plan topic for the council.

The amended site plan, he said, included everything the council had wanted to see, adding that no waivers had been requested by Uma.

“As soon as you issue a decision tonight,” Smith said, “you will issue a decision within the 45-day period since the hearing closed. A conclusion for includes a summary of the process, all official comments from the city , and we wanted to put in there that the ConCom (Conservation Commission) had no problem with the location as there are no wetlands on the site, which is all that would fall under their jurisdiction.

He noted that in carrying out the peer review, Tighe & Bond found that “everything that needed to be resolved had been resolved”, adding only that the engineering company had suggestions for conditions to be added. to the amended permit.

“Council may, in the course of the vote,” Smith continued, “find that – with all conditions – the proposal does not adversely affect the health, safety and welfare of residents of the city, and that have a positive impact on the local economy. So it’s part of your decision.

Smith said the conditions included in the site plan approved by council in December 2020 will be included in the amended site plan, “any further changes will have to come back to council, either for special permit approval or for approval of the site plan for the future building.”

This, he explained, means that Uma will have to come back to the board for any proposals to expand the building beyond the 20,000 square foot scope of the currently proposed project.

Even with a doubling in size of the original building, Smith said, “They agreed to have the maximum (crop) canopy at 6,000 square feet for six months of odor-free operations,” before returning to the board of directors with any request for canopy expansion.

Another condition for approval of the amended site plan was proposed by council member Marc Morgan.

“If they were to increase the number of employees,” Smith explained, “it would trigger a review of their septic system, and the council should be notified of this process. They still have to go through Title 5 approval. They have the location approved by the board of health, but they have to go through Title 5 if they need to make any changes.

Uma encountered a small glitch on the way to approving the modified sitemap. The company, in anticipation of expanding the size of the original building, felled a number of trees on its property without first informing the municipal authorities of its intention to do so. Neighbors feared the action would increase stormwater runoff from the property, which would lead to erosion of the hillside that overlooks Petersham Road. However, a site inspection revealed that while the trees were being felled, stumps were left in place, reducing the likelihood of increased runoff.

Although the move was determined to violate the spirit of Uma’s special permit, it did not constitute an actual violation of the permit conditions and no penalties were issued against the company.

The Board of Directors’ vote to approve the amended site plan was unanimous.

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Gozo Regional Airport site plan proposal tabled in Parliament

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The site plan for the Gozo region where the government is proposing a regional airport was tabled in parliament on Tuesday.

A public consultation must take place to obtain comments on the proposal.

In response to a parliamentary question from PN MP Chris Said, Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri said Xewkija heliport had not been in service since 2008, apart from occasional hospital airlifts.

The technical experts hired were asked not to include the use of additional land used for agricultural purposes; ensure that the plan accommodates aircraft that can carry a maximum of 11 passengers and take into account the environmental impact of said airport.

Although Clint Camilleri did not release the drawings he was referring to in parliament, he said they would be released in the coming weeks by the Gozo Development Authority.

A layout plan of the proposed area for the regional airport shows that the airstrip extends beyond the perimeter of the current heliport. The minister explained how runaway must be developed to make room for fixed-wing aircraft.

Camilleri highlighted how such a future runaway that can accommodate fixed-wing aircraft will be economically beneficial for Gozo.

The Gozo Regional Airport site plan shows the extension of the runway into the disturbed areas outside the heliport

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A site plan of the area of ​​Gozo where the government is proposing a regional airport shows that the airstrip will extend beyond the perimeter of the existing heliport.

Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri tabled the site plan in parliament on Tuesday after giving a long history of past attempts to establish an air link between the islands.

He was responding to a question from Opposition MP Chris Said.

Camilleri said the current heliport has not been used since 2008, except for emergency hospital airlifts. The heliport is made up of two heliports with a diameter of 22m connected by a 174m runway.

Camilleri said the runway will need to be extended to accommodate fixed-wing aircraft and work is proposed on an area where inert waste has been dumped in the past.

He said technical experts hired to prepare plans for a regional airport were asked not to use additional agricultural land; reduce the environmental impact of the airport; and ensure it can accommodate aircraft that can carry between nine and 11 passengers.

Camilleri has not released the actual designs for the proposed airport, but insisted they will be released in “the coming weeks” by the Gozo Regional Development Authority.

He said a public consultation exercise will gather feedback on the proposal, after which the government will decide what changes to make or whether the project will go ahead.

The minister said the area on the outskirts of Xewkija was first used as an airstrip in 1943 as part of Operation Husky, which was the Allied invasion of Sicily. He said a number of fields in the area have been flattened to make way for a track.

Camilleri added that just after the 2013 elections, plans were underway to clear the area outside the heliport boundaries of debris in order to build a 900m grass airstrip. The plans were later scrapped.

Helicopter services that provided an air link between the islands had to cease as operations were not financially viable.

Camilleri said a runway to accommodate fixed-wing aircraft would be more financially viable and of economic benefit to Gozo.

Island Water Park wins final site plan approval from City Council, expects Memorial Day opening

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Island Water Park got final approval for its amended site plan at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The developer of the sports and recreation facility on Middle Country Road in Calverton won site plan approval in March 2013, but Island Water Park owner Eric Scott came to town in 2020 with revised plans for the site.

The new approval allows for a change in use of an already constructed warehouse building as an indoor recreational facility. Use of the 20-acre man-made lakes on site, originally intended for traditional water skiing, is now limited to a tow rope system and the use of non-motorized water sports including canoes, kayaks, rental sailboats and electric personal watercraft.

The park will also include an inflatable water park on the lake which is “the largest in the world”, Island Water Park’s Ken Meyers told the IDA board during a hearing in November. It will be a major tourist attraction, Meyers said.

Scott today confirmed the water park plan, which he said cost Island Water Park $2 million. He said the site plan condition prohibiting “additional structures or devices…constructed or placed in the lake” does not prohibit the water park because it is “temporary” and not a “structure”.

Riverhead planner Greg Bergman confirmed that determination. The limitation in site plan approval is intended to restrict lake use to “non-motorized sports,” Bergman said in a telephone interview today.

Island Water Park’s indoor recreation facility will include a surf pool, rock climbing walls, volleyball courts, obstacle course and other indoor entertainment, as well as a fitness center , a spa, pro shop and restaurants, according to documents filed with the city. 360 parking spaces will be provided on the site.

Scott said in a phone interview today that his intention was to have the park open by Memorial Day. “We were hoping for March or April, but things have moved a little slower than expected,” he said, referring to “bumps in the road along the way.”

The city slapped Island Water Park with a stop work order in November, alleging the developer was carrying out construction work on the site without site plan approval or building permits. Jefferson Murphree, building and planning administrator. Murphree said the developer carried out grading and drainage work and interior construction by pouring concrete for an indoor wave pool without a permit.

Everything has been rectified, Scott said today. “A Memorial Day opening is realistic.”

Scott also said property tax arrears of more than $182,000 would be paid. He said he had hoped the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency, which provided a 10-year property tax abatement for the project, would make the abatement retroactive, but IDA refused to do so.

The park is expected to attract 900,000 visitors a year, according to an economic impact analysis prepared for the applicant and filed with IDA.

“Everyone is going to love us,” Scott said today. “It will be a fun place to visit,” he said. “There is nothing like it and there is very little for children to do.”

Riverhead Supervisor Yvette Aguiar, who billed the facility as a “mini Disneyland” that will bring jobs and tourist dollars to the town of Riverhead, said in an interview today that she wished “good luck at Island Water Park.

“This project had been in the making for 22 years,” Aguiar said. “It took several different directions. I don’t own what happened there before. When I took over I was open-minded, looked into it and worked to try to resolve any issues they had in the past,” she said.

“Hopefully they keep the promises they made to the community, like making sure no sand is removed, everything is built to the site plan, and residents of Riverhead will get a discount. “, said Aguiar. .

Scott expressed his gratitude to City Council for the approvals. “I’m super happy with the new board,” he said today. “They don’t throw obstacles in front of us every step of the way.”

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City Council Grants Preliminary Site Plan Approval for 5-Story Building on Osborn Avenue

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Riverhead City Council on Tuesday granted preliminary site plan approval to the five-story mixed-use development building at 205 Osborn Avenue at the corner of Court Street, bringing the project closer to the revitalization of the distressed area with “transit- oriented development.

Council members voted unanimously to complete preliminary review of the proposed $19.6 million development, which would include 37 market-priced rental apartments – 24 one-bedroom units, 10 two-bedroom units bedrooms and three studios with ground-floor offices in the 41,867-square-foot, 50-foot-tall building. Construction also requires surface parking on the approximately half-acre site. Board members made no comment during the vote.

The development was the first proposed since the city adopted the Railroad Avenue Urban Renewal Area overlay district and transit-oriented development plan more than a year ago. The city council moved the project forward in September by assuming the project’s lead agency under the state’s Environmental Quality Review Act and determining that the project will have no environmental impacts. significant negative environmental effects.

The development is the second in Riverhead Town from Huntington-based G2D Group, which is also currently constructing a mark-to-market apartment building on West Main Street.

Over the past few months, the Osborn Avenue project has been reviewed by various boards and committees. The Zoning Appeal Board granted six of the nine zoning variances requested by the proponent for the project. The city demanded that the “volume” of the building be reduced by moving back the fifth floor of the building. An amended site plan is also intended to alleviate potential traffic congestion on Court Street.

The city held a public hearing on the site plan on Dec. 7, with some residents and organizations, including the Riverhead Free Library, raising concerns about the building’s impact on surrounding properties as well as the quality and the water supply. Others, including prominent downtown business leaders, have expressed support for the project.

According to the resolution granting preliminary site plan approval, the building will need to meet certain requirements before the Riverhead Water District will provide domestic water and fire protection to the site, including the installation of a new 4 inch domestic water service extended from existing. water main on Court Street; a new 6-inch water fire sprinkler service; a developer-funded upgrade to the existing iron water main along Osborn Avenue; and the replacement of two existing fire hydrants near the property.

The developers are also seeking financial assistance from the Industrial Development Agency, including an increased property tax abatement over 10 years, as well as a mortgage tax and sales/use tax exemption. The promoters said the project “would not be financially feasible” without IDA assistance.

City council did not discuss public comments or any elements of the project after the hearing in a public business session ahead of Tuesday’s meeting.

GD2 CEO Greg DeRosa said estimated apartment rents in the building would be around $2,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, around $2,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, and around $1,600 for a a studio.

Note to editors: A paragraph detailing information on the development that must meet certain requirements to be served by the Riverhead Water District has been added after the original publication.

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Southlake City Council approves site plan for new industrial warehouses

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The 23.6 acre site will contain three warehouses. (Courtesy of the Town of Southlake)

Southlake City Council has unanimously approved a site plan for a warehouse and office building project to be called Mustang Business Court.

The development would be built near Mustang Court and Ira E. Woods Avenue on 26.3 acres zoned industrial. Plans call for three warehouses totaling nearly 331,000 square feet of space, according to city documents.

The applicant, Jason Bengert of Brookfield Properties, presented the project at the February 1 council meeting.

Some residents expressed concern about potential road safety issues during public comments.

City Attorney Allen Taylor said the city’s consulting engineer has reviewed the area’s traffic system and believes it is within an acceptable range for this type of facility.

Ken Baker, director of planning and development services, also said city staff are reviewing the traffic study and are in communication with the City of Grapevine, which controls traffic lights in the area, to create safer traffic conditions.

The applicant also received a waiver of the city’s tree preservation ordinance, which requires that a minimum of 60% of the trees on the site be preserved. The approved deviation allowed the applicant to reduce it to 27.6% partly due to the poor condition of the trees, according to discussions. As part of the development, more than 900 new trees will be planted on the property, according to documents.

A national coffee chain had its site development plan approved at Tuesday’s meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Feature illustration: Elevation of the Dutch Bros building proposed by Barghausen Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Published: 2-2-2022

by Art Benavidez

Georgetown (Williamson County) — A national coffee chain had its site development plan approved at Tuesday’s meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The 1.45 acre property is undeveloped and located in Bluebonnet Plaza at 1309 W. University Avenue in the western part of town.

Dutch Cafe Brosof Grants Pass, Oregon, will build a cafe.

The Oregonian recently reported that the company was focused on expanding its Northwest brand into Texas, California and Oklahoma.

“Each opening propels the awareness of our brand”, CEO Joth Rici said during the company’s first quarterly earnings call since its IPO in September, according to the newspaper.

Ricci said the chain spends relatively little on marketing, relying on “word of mouth” from Dutch Bros customers to promote the brand whenever it enters new markets.

“We’re getting through Texas as fast as we can,” the CFO said Charley Jemley added.

Barghausen Consulting Engineers, Inc.Kent, Washington, posted a sitemap that showed:

  • 950 square foot building
  • Front margin of 25 feet
  • 10ft and 15ft side margins
  • 16 parking spaces
  • 36.67% Waterproof Coverage (21,136 SF)

The building will consist of stucco, fiber cement siding, stone veneer and shop veneer with a framed canopy.

The landscape will consist of 34 trees and 206 shrubs.

The project team is made up of the building architect Gnich Architecture Studioin Portland, Oregon, the landscape architect is based in Denver, Colorado Evergreen Design GroupDallas-based geotechnical engineers Geoscience and civil engineer based in Round Rock Waeltz & Prete, Inc..

The property belongs to Southwest Central Texas Development, LLCout of Austin.

VBX Project ID: 2022-0CD7


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Sitemap for New West Bend OK’d Car Wash | Washington County Business News

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WEST BEND – The property at 2110 W. Washington St., immediately west of Pizza Ranch, is set to become a Tommy’s Express car wash as the Plan Commission unanimously approved the site plan for the land to redevelop.

The commission on Tuesday approved a site plan and certified survey map submitted by Steve Kilian Jr. for the property at 2110 W. Washington St.

The certified survey map was to adjust the lot line between the subject property where the car wash will be located and the neighboring Pizza Ranch lot to the east.

“Essentially this lot line is being moved east to expand this west lot,” said city business and development planner James Reinke.

The Plan Commission then took over the site plan for the redevelopment of 2110 W. Washington St. and approved it after a brief discussion.

According to site plan documents, the current building will be removed from the site and a new 4,552 square foot building will be constructed. The site plan showed four parking spaces for general activity and 12 vacuum spaces for parking customers to vacuum their vehicles.

The commissioners had several questions about the plan’s impact on traffic patterns. City Engineer Max Marechal said for vehicles entering and exiting, staff asked the developer to include markings and signage to ensure the vehicle is not blocking the lanes. He also briefly touched on the possibility of vehicles backing up while waiting for the car wash on peak days, as the 1.13-acre site limits vehicle traffic.

“We might see a queue on Washington Street,” Marechal said, though he noted that would likely be an exception to normal.

Kilian said the plan took into account a potentially large number. Of the three car wash lanes, only one is a traditional in-person payment lane; the other two lanes are handled by a phone app or license plate recognition, to work automatically and quickly for member business customers.

“We’re able to stack 27 cars before we’re on Washington Street,” Kilian said.

The commission also briefly discussed parking at the nearby Pizza Ranch. While the certified survey map moved the lane of the lot to Pizza Ranch, the site plan included a decrease in that business’s parking area and adjustments to the remaining space.

“Originally, there were 100 parking spaces at the Pizza Ranch. That’s down to 85 parking spaces,” Reinke said.

He said commission staff were not concerned about the decline in parking. He said that for the company’s normal and peak traffic, 85 booths should be enough.

In other matters, the commission also approved an amendment to the conditional use license for the miniature golf business at 601 E. Paradise Drive. The amendment added liquor sales and seasonal Christmas tree sales to the permit, while allowing hours to run until 11 p.m. daily, rather than closing at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

According to information in the meeting package, the consumption of alcohol will not be permitted in the batting cage area, or on the mini-golf course itself.

The sitemap process for Convalt will take several months

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Feb. 2 – HOUNSFIELD – The businessman who was planning to build a solar panel manufacturing plant near the airport received sobering news when he learned that the town’s planning council was n wouldn’t approve of the 350,000 square foot factory next month.

Planning Board Chair Yvonne M. Podvin told Hari Achuthan, CEO of Convalt Energy and DigiCollect, and members of her management team that the earliest it could be done would be May.

She warned him that the two companies still do not own the proposed business park land near Watertown International Airport on Route 12F in the town of Hounsfield.

The Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency must sell the land to Convalt before the project can receive site plan approval, she said.

Mr Achuthan said he was frustrated that the project had not moved forward, citing that National Grid had informed him that it would cost $19million and two years to bring power to the site.

“I can tell you right now that we are pregnant with complications,” he said. “It’s not easy to do that.”

After a few tense moments, both parties seemed to understand what they were going to do over the next few months to get the project approved.

“We are ready to work with you,” Mr. Achuthan said.

Michael Wiser, the company’s chief strategy officer, blamed himself for the misunderstanding, thinking the Planning Board approval process could take just two months.

A project of this size would normally take six to eight months or possibly longer, Ms Podvin said afterwards.

Company officials said they plan to return for the April 1 planning board meeting. By then, JCIDA will need to apply for a land division and the company will need to submit a full set of plans before the process can proceed.

After the meeting, Marshall Weir, deputy executive director of Jefferson County Economic Development, JCIDA’s sister organization, said he hoped the agency would approve a tax abatement project in March, which would allow the process to approval from the city to move forward.

Despite a delay in the process, Mr. Achuthan promised after the meeting that the solar manufacturing plant would be operational by the end of the year.

“Maybe part of the production, maybe not all of it, but part,” he said.

He also said the company would go it alone to power the site.

The solar manufacturing plant would initially employ between 200 and 210 workers, with 60 to 70 working per shift, Wiser said.

The company purchased equipment from a solar panel manufacturing plant in Oregon. The 115,000 pieces of equipment have been dismantled and all are packed and ready to be transported by rail to the north of the country, Mr Achuthan said.

He also recently offered to buy an old hydroelectric plant from the city to renovate it and use it for some of the plant’s energy.

If the project is fully developed, the Convalt plant could create 4,555 jobs in 10 years, according to the company.

Its sister company, DigiCollect, a software company that makes sensors for monitoring home networks and transmission lines, would also build a 50,000 square foot facility near the airport.

MPC approves site plan for apartment complex | Local News

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The Glynn County Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a site plan for a 272-unit apartment complex between Cate Road and I-95.

Called Vintage Brunswick, the project is being developed by Ridge Enterprises, Inc. and Georgia Land Group, Inc. The recently clearcut property is visible from I-95 near exit 38, where the freeway intersects Golden Isles Parkway.

Plans approved on Tuesday call for 272 apartments in 10 buildings served by 512 parking spaces. The site plan also includes a pavilion at the entrance to the complex.

Primary access to the resort will be via Capital Square Drive, which runs from Venture Drive to Perry Lane Road and terminates between La Quinta Inn & Suites and the Waffle House. The developer proposes to extend Capital Square Drive south towards the development site, which abuts the Sandalwood neighborhood.

Plans include an access road between the complex and South Teakwood Court in the adjacent neighborhood, but county planner Maurice Postal said the road would be for emergency vehicles only.

Final approval of the site plan would be contingent on the county’s Department of Community Development approving separate building applications for the Capital Square Drive extension.

Richard Strickland, a member of the MPC, did not see how the roads around the complex could accommodate the new traffic in their current configurations.

“How are you going to handle the traffic putting 272 units out there?” Traffic is already bad on Perry Lane Road,” Strickland said.

Wesley Franks of Roberts Civil Engineering spoke on behalf of the developers.

Franks said the developer was conducting a traffic study to determine how best to manage traffic. One option is to build a new road between Golden Isles Primary School and the neighborhood on East Street to allow direct access to Cate Road. New turning lanes and traffic lights on Perry Lane Road and Cate Road could also be offered as solutions, he said.

Strickland was still unconvinced that this option would be enough to solve traffic problems in the area.

“The only way it will work is if they perry Lane (road) to four lanes,” Strickland said.

He was prepared to approve the plan if the commission’s motion for approval included a condition that the developer be required to complete and submit the traffic plan to the county.

“We’re going to request a traffic study with every phase of (this project) that comes along,” Postal said.

The MPC unanimously approved the site plan on the condition that the Capital Square Drive extension application be approved and the developer be required to submit the traffic plan prior to construction.

MPC members also voted unanimously to approve a 7,200 square foot office and retail building on the corner of Alpine Court and Gateway Center Boulevard, behind Cheddars Scratch Kitchen.

A concept plan indicated that the building would feature construction similar to that of the Monkey Wrench bicycle shop on St. Simons Island.

Franks, who also represented the commercial building’s developer, said his clients were not ready to reveal which business or businesses might occupy the building.

In other business, the MPC has approved an application to rezon a property on the corner of Nix Lane and Granville Nix Lane to allow the construction of four duplexes and a site plan for a commercial warehouse at 128 Peek Road.

The final action item on the commission’s agenda was an amendment to the zoning ordinance to clarify how the county measures the height of buildings in a floodplain.

This would effectively reduce the maximum building height in the Resort Residential Zone, RR, on St. Simons Island from 45 feet to 35 feet. All RR zoned properties are on or immediately adjacent to Ocean Boulevard at the south end of the island.

Commissioners voted unanimously to recommend that the Glynn County Commission reject the amendment due to concerns over whether the amendment would allow buildings destroyed by natural causes to be rebuilt to previous specifications.

The amendment was initiated by Glynn County Commissioner Cap Fendig, who represents St. Simons Island, as a way to reduce potential residential density on the island. Population growth on the island causes major traffic jams that quickly become a public safety issue.

Planning officer Stefanie Lief said the county isn’t sure how many properties will be affected by the zoning change.

MPC member Missy Neu asked how many buildings in the area were taller than 35 feet, which Lief did not know.

County Attorney Aaron Mumford said all buildings taller than 35 feet would be classified as “lawful nonconforming” structures.

“‘Grandfathering-in’ is another term for legal non-compliance,” Mumford said.

Neu said she was supportive of the new restrictions, but also worried that owners of non-compliant buildings could not rebuild to previous specifications if they were lost to an “act of God”, such as fire. Mumford said those concerns have been addressed in changes to previous orders and may be addressed in this one.

As he applauded what Fendig was trying to do, Strickland said he felt like it was a short-term, short-term approach.

“It’s not a band-aid approach,” Fendig said. “It’s something I ran to approach density on the island with a methodical approach. It’s one of many things I’ve studied for many years.

“There are a variety of ways to curb growth on the island so we can enjoy the quality of life.”

He also hopes that new regulations, among others that he plans to introduce to restrict the number of “bedrooms” in a residential building, will also slow the growth of short-term rentals on the island, which he says will contribute significantly to the circulation problem.

“I think it’s a great first step,” Fendig said.

While she doesn’t oppose it in principle, Neu would have liked the amendment to be part of the larger zoning overhaul the county is engaged in with consultant TSW Design.

MPC member Bill Edgy moved a motion to approve the amendment as is, which failed 2-4. Edgy and MPC member Bo Clark voted in favor while Neu, Strickland, chairwoman Sherrye Gibbs and MPC member Darrell Dawson voted against.

A motion to deny passed 4-2, with Clark and Edgy voting against the motion and the other committee members voting in favor.

The sitemap process for Convalt will take several months | Business

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HOUNSFIELD – The businessman who planned to build a solar panel manufacturing plant near the airport received sobering news when he learned the planning council would not approve the plant of 350,000 square feet next month.

Planning Board Chair Yvonne M. Podvin told Hari Achuthan, CEO of Convalt Energy and DigiCollect, and members of her management team that the earliest it could be done would be May.

She warned him that the two companies still do not own the proposed business park land near Watertown International Airport on Route 12F in the town of Hounsfield.

The Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency must sell the land to Convalt before the project can receive site plan approval, she said.

Mr Achuthan said he was frustrated that the project had not moved forward, citing that National Grid had informed him that it would cost $19million and two years to bring power to the site.

“I can tell you right now that we are pregnant with complications,” he said. “It’s not easy to do that.”

After a few tense moments, both parties seemed to understand what they were going to do over the next few months to get the project approved.

“We are ready to work with you,” Mr. Achuthan said.

Michael Wiser, the company’s chief strategy officer, blamed himself for the misunderstanding, thinking the Planning Board approval process could take just two months.

A project of this size would normally take six to eight months or possibly longer, Ms Podvin said afterwards.

Company officials said they plan to return for the April 1 planning board meeting. By then, JCIDA will need to apply for a land division and the company will need to submit a full set of plans before the process can proceed.

After the meeting, Marshall Weir, deputy executive director of Jefferson County Economic Development, JCIDA’s sister organization, said he hoped the agency would approve a tax abatement project in March, which would allow the process to approval from the city to move forward.

Despite a delay in the process, Mr. Achuthan promised after the meeting that the solar manufacturing plant would be operational by the end of the year.

“Maybe part of the production, maybe not all of it, but part,” he said.

He also said the company would go it alone to power the site.

The solar manufacturing plant would initially employ between 200 and 210 workers, with 60 to 70 working per shift, Wiser said.

The company purchased equipment from a solar panel manufacturing plant in Oregon. The 115,000 pieces of equipment have been dismantled and all are packed and ready to be transported by rail to the north of the country, Mr Achuthan said.

He also recently offered to buy an old hydroelectric plant from the city to renovate it and use it for some of the plant’s energy.

If the project is fully developed, the Convalt plant could create 4,555 jobs in 10 years, according to the company.

Its sister company, DigiCollect, a software company that makes sensors for monitoring home networks and transmission lines, would also build a 50,000 square foot facility near the airport.

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Memoirs of London City Hall: Rezoning of woodlands, plan for affordable housing

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The rezoning of a wetland in a wooded area is approved

A woodland that includes a provincially significant wetland on the western outskirts of London will soon be donated to the Thames Talbot Land Trust. Eric and Karen Auzins told politicians they left a 15-hectare area of ​​their property at 3207 Woodhull Rd. alone for nature to take its course and want to allow ‘mother nature (to) continue her work in perpetuity’ . A rezoning for 3207 Woodhull Rd. was unanimously approved by the council’s planning committee. Ward 9 County. Anna Hopkins, who chairs the planning committee, called it “g tremendous opportunity they offer our city.

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Neighbors raise the usual concerns over the affordable housing plan

A public meeting to iron out site plans for a city-led affordable housing development at 345 Sylvan St. was held as part of the planning committee on Monday evening. Through letters and a presentation, neighbors expressed concerns about lighting, noise, fencing and landscaping to provide privacy, as well as protection of existing trees. Any issues will be escalated to City staff prior to the start of construction of the three-storey, 42-unit building. It will include 40 one-bedroom units and two two-bedroom units.

The secondary plan application fails to convince the committee

A community group appealing a council decision to allow a controversial development at 101 Meadowlily Rd. S. is now asking City Hall to prepare a secondary plan for the sensitive area. A secondary plan is a guide to describe and limit development in a particular area. London is in the process of creating secondary plans for all of its “transit villages”, such as the area around Masonville Place and at the southern end around Wellington Road. The planning committee was split on whether to accept the proposal, with a motion asking the staff to begin preparing special policies for the area lost in a tie vote.

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The limit value of contracts awarded to staff could double

The council’s general services committee approved a recommendation to increase the value of road projects where city staff can award underbudget contracts without going to council for final approval. Staff suggests increasing this limit from $3 million to $6 million to account for inflation and construction pressures such as supply chain issues. The last increase under this policy was approved in 2013. All projects are still approved by City Council as part of the budget process, but through “delegated authority” City staff have the ability to award underbudget contracts to the lowest bidder without waiting several minutes. weeks for the reports to reach the committee and the board. Last year, 20 contracts were approved this way, another 10 could have been expedited with the $6 million cap.