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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.

To see the full power-point presentation by Patricia Frank… CLICK HERE

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.

EARLIER:Battle lines are drawn on Edison’s controversial townhouse plan

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:

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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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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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John Marks graduated from Furman University in 2004 and joined the Herald in 2005. He covers community growth, municipalities, transportation and education primarily in York and Lancaster counties. The Fort Mill native has won dozens of South Carolina Press Association awards and several President McClatchy Awards for news coverage in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie.
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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.”

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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

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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.

Greg Vine can be contacted at [email protected]

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.

Casey Site Development to Add Six Rental Units to Oak Bay Market – Saanich News

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A new three-story mixed-use multi-family commercial and residential building is set to rise at 713 St. Patrick St. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
A new three-story mixed-use multi-family commercial and residential building is set to rise at 713 St. Patrick St. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)A new three-story mixed-use multi-family commercial and residential building is set to rise at 713 St. Patrick St. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Parking remains a small secondary concern, as Oak Bay approved a development application for the planned new three-story mixed-use commercial and multi-family residential building at 713 St. Patrick Street.

Four parking spaces and a handful of e-bikes will have to suffice as the council has approved gaps for development on the former Casey’s Market site. These include the maximum permitted building height (11 feet taller), occupancy height (10 feet taller), and number of stories and minimum number of on-site vehicle parking spaces.

A parking study shows that the maximum parking demand for the proposed development would be 10 parking spaces. Adjustments to transportation demand measures for the proposal reduced that number to six, with all four proposed supported by city staff.

The proposal already included a bus pass for each of the six units and six strata e-bikes with proper parking and storage with charging capabilities as well as six bicycle parking spaces for visitors. Changes include the addition of two bicycle parking spaces for employees and an electric bicycle for use by commercial tenants.

The four on-site vehicle parking spaces will be allocated to residential units.

Com. Hazel Braithwaite was the only dissenter. She noted that Oak Bay’s dated parking regulations would see 21 parking spaces overabundant, but against six would have been a good number.

“I can’t understand he’s only got four,” she said, adding that she was happy to see him move forward, but had to vote against it due to concerns about parking in the region.

The balance of the council concluded that the compromise had value.

Com. Andrew Appleton noted that this is a potential shortage of two parking spaces, which contrasts with six new rental units that the community badly needs.

“This will add much-needed rental stock,” the adviser agreed. Cairine Green.

The building that will replace the one-story structure includes approximately 1,270 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and six rental spaces on the second and third floors. Living areas would include four one-bedroom units measuring 600 square feet and two two-bedroom units measuring approximately 958 square feet. A clause guarantees that the suites must be rental units with no age restrictions and no short-term rentals.

The project also includes 24-hour restrooms for BC Transit bus operators.

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Development of Casey site to add six rental units to Oak Bay market – Victoria News

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A new three-story mixed-use multi-family commercial and residential building is set to rise at 713 St. Patrick St. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
A new three-story mixed-use multi-family commercial and residential building is set to rise at 713 St. Patrick St. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)A new three-story mixed-use multi-family commercial and residential building is set to rise at 713 St. Patrick St. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Parking remains a small secondary concern, as Oak Bay has approved a development application for the planned new three-story commercial and multi-family residential building at 713 St. Patrick Street.

Four parking spaces and a handful of e-bikes will have to suffice as the council has approved gaps for development on the former Casey’s Market site. These include the maximum permitted building height (11 feet taller), occupancy height (10 feet taller), and number of stories and minimum number of on-site vehicle parking spaces.

A parking study shows that the maximum parking demand for the proposed development would be 10 parking spaces. Adjustments to the transportation demand measures for the proposal reduced that number to six, with all four proposed being supported by city staff.

The proposal already included a bus pass for each of the six units and six strata e-bikes with proper parking and storage with charging capabilities as well as six bicycle parking spaces for visitors. Changes include the addition of two bicycle parking spaces for employees and an electric bicycle for use by commercial tenants.

The four on-site vehicle parking spaces will be allocated to residential units.

Com. Hazel Braithwaite was the only dissenter. She noted that Oak Bay’s dated parking regulations would see 21 parking spaces overabundant, but against six would have been a good number.

“I can’t understand he’s only got four,” she said, adding that she was happy to see him move forward, but had to vote against it due to concerns about parking in the region.

The balance of the council concluded that the compromise had value.

Com. Andrew Appleton noted that this is a potential shortage of two parking spaces, which contrasts with six new rental units that the community badly needs.

“This will add much-needed rental stock,” the adviser agreed. Cairine Green.

The building that will replace the one-story structure includes approximately 1,270 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and six rental spaces on the second and third floors. Living areas would include four one-bedroom units measuring 600 square feet and two two-bedroom units measuring approximately 958 square feet. A clause guarantees that the suites must be rental units with no age restrictions and no short-term rentals.

The project also includes 24-hour restrooms for BC Transit bus operators.

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Developer seeks to modify site plan of former Alvord Elementary | Local News

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Developers of the dormant Alvord Primary School site have increased their plans to build accommodation there, much to the dismay of some members of the neighborhood.

The developers are requesting changes to the site’s master plan which, if approved by the city’s Planning Commission, will divide the two lots bordering Paseo de Peralta and Alarid Street into a 10-lot subdivision. The developers are also looking to raise building height limits up to four stories on part of the site.






Some neighborhood residents have raised concerns about the project, arguing that the new plans don’t fit the long-standing neighborhood.

“It doesn’t actually make sense,” longtime neighborhood resident Rey Montez said Tuesday. “I’m just disappointed that David [Barker] took this approach.

But Barker, of Barker Realty, the property’s owner, said the project is still ongoing and is keeping lines of communication open with affected residents to make the proposal work.

He noted that concerns about building heights, traffic and parking raised at an initial ward notification meeting last week are being considered.

“Our conversation and discussions are ongoing,” he said. “We went back to the drawing board and tried to come up with different ideas in response to concerns and issues that we heard.

“I have nothing to hide,” he added. “I want to work with the neighborhood. I hope to come up with a plan that better addresses their concerns, but I can’t do everything.

Barker purchased the 2.85-acre property in 2017 from Santa Fe Public Schools for $2.55 million after Alvord Elementary School closed in 2010 due to low enrollment.

Barker said he never had a specific proposal for the site, but had previously expressed interest in converting the campus into a live workspace for artists with a commercial component.

However, in April 2021, Barker said the team was going back to the drawing board to work on new designs.

“I started to lose faith in the project,” he said. “It wasn’t comfortable and I didn’t feel like it was the right thing to do.”

Now developers are evaluating a plan to sell the homes built on the 10 lots. The subdivision would be on the western portion of the property and the homes would be a mix of one- and two-story homes, according to plans in the First Neighborhood Notification Application.

Depending on demand, the project will be less dense than what could have been developed on site, which will hopefully alleviate any traffic or congestion issues.

Barker said that to make up for lost density in the new proposal, he is asking for a height limit change to allow buildings up to 48 feet tall on the site’s play area. The site is currently zoned for buildings up to 36 feet, with the majority being zoned at 28 feet.

The playing field is on the east side of the site, adjoining the rail yard buildings, and is zoned for buildings up to three stories, or 36 feet. Railyard Flats, adjacent to the Alvord Elementary site, has three floors.

Still, Montez said he thinks the proposal “goes beyond what’s reasonable.”

Barker said based on the concerns expressed at the notification meeting, he is also evaluating the height limit request.

“I have to rethink that,” he said. “I rethink that.”

The city’s planning commission is expected to hear the point in April before it goes to city council.

Paul Reed, who lives in a unit directly opposite Alvord, said while he hasn’t been following the development very closely, anything that adds extra car traffic to the street is a concern.

“I’m not sure this street can handle that,” he said.

In their first neighborhood notification questionnaire, the developers noted that the site addresses the lack of new residential construction in the city center.

The development will also help “stem the tide of negative impact from homeless people and vagrants that has weighed on the Railyard” and surrounding neighborhoods, according to the app.

Victor R. Hernandez, also a nearby resident, said he was in favor of the development or anything that would provide the town with additional housing.

“My daughter was looking for a place, and it was difficult,” he said. “So if it helps, yes, I’m for it.”

Neighborhood resident Ann Allen was strolling near the school on Tuesday and said any momentum is better than none for the inactive site.

“I’m glad to know that they will do something with the property rather than leaving it empty,” she said.

Layout plan for proposed warehouses in Berryville pending | Winchester star

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BERRYVILLE — A developer’s project to build three 60,000 square foot commercial warehouses along Jack Enders Boulevard is on hold.

On Wednesday evening, the Berryville Area Development Authority (BADA) postponed review of a site plan for the second time. LGV Group LLC requested the deferral as it strives to meet Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) expectations.

As specified by an agreement between the localities, BADA advises the Clarke County Board of Supervisors and the Berryville City Council on land use issues involving an area targeted for possible annexation to the city.

The warehouses would be built on 12½ acres adjacent to Clarke County Business Park. The property is already zoned for business park uses.

Following a public hearing in early December, the authority initially postponed consideration of the site plan application because full details of how the warehouses would affect their surroundings were not yet available.

During the hearing, some residents of the nearby Berryville Glen subdivision expressed concerns that large trucks serving the warehouses could cause traffic and safety issues.

BADA continued the hearing until February 23, when it now aims to review the site plan.

“Hopefully everything will be ready by then,” said Berryville Community Development Manager Christy Dunkle, a BADA staff member.

Sterling-based LGV operates a business on nearby Station Road where metal windows and doors are made. The company aims to use one of the warehouses for assembly and storage and rent the other two.

LGV received initial feedback from DEQ on the warehouse layout earlier this month. The department requested more geotechnical testing, and it was done, property manager Lara Dunlap said in a recent letter to the authority.

Geotechnics refers to a component of civil engineering concerned with the materials of the earth, such as rocks and soil.

A DEQ representative “assured that they would have a formal review of the revised site plan (incorporating all geotechnical recommendations) completed by early February,” Dunlap wrote.

LGV is looking for tenants for the two warehouses it will not be using. Dunkle said she doesn’t know the status of that effort.

Next steps for the development of the Crewkerne key site

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A MAJOR housing project in Somerset can go ahead after the developer has received permission to move soil across the site.

Taylor Wimpey Exeter will spend the coming years delivering a total of 635 homes at the key Crewkerne site, which sits between the A30 Yeovil Road and the A356 Station Road.

The developer has obtained detailed permission to deliver the first 110 homes at the south end of the site in January 2021, with construction officially starting around Christmas.

South Somerset District Council must now agree to amend the original plans, allowing Taylor Wimpey to move material from the north end of the site to the south end so that the new access road can be delivered.

To allow the movement of materials through the site, a new haul road will be created between the A30 and the A356.

This will follow the route of the dorsal route crossing the site, the route of which was decided in May 2020.

Planning officer John Hammond told a virtual meeting of the council’s regulatory committee on Tuesday morning (January 18) that the changes would help ensure the new road was delivered in full within the next 18 months.

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He stated in his written report: “There is merit in seeking to reuse materials from the same global site, given that the first access on Station Road will require backfilling of the ground given the difference in levels between the terrain and the road itself.

“Conversely, in relation to the access which will be taken on the A30, the ground is considerably higher than the road at the approved junction, which means that there will be a significant need for excavation of materials to create this junction and the internal routes. ”

Crewkerne resident Julie Chant worried whether the new haul road would harm the ecology of the site, asking for clarification on how badgers, dormice and otters would be protected.

She said: “This route will cut through the badger sets. I don’t think there’s enough clarity on how they’re going to protect all of these species.

“I understand that Taylor Wimpey has licenses from Natural England for the south site – but they are working on the whole site.

“Are all licenses in place for protected species and hedge removal? Everyone knew that ecology was the big thing on this site.

Colin Danks of Peter Brett Associates (representing the developer) assured Ms Chant that the impact of the road would be properly mitigated – and the construction would ultimately prevent further pollution in the town centre.

He said: “Ecology is an essential part of our process. There is a clear safety net with Natural England that would prevent any harm to badgers, otters or dormice.

“The aim of this app is to do just one thing: avoid having to drive heavy traffic through Crewkerne town centre. We need to move material, and doing it on site just makes sense. »

After approximately 45 minutes of debate, the committee voted to approve the plans by a margin of six to zero, with two abstentions (Councillor Adam Dance, due to technical difficulties, and Councilor Peter Gubbins, who elected not to not vote).

Taylor Wimpey said in December that he expects the first phase of homes on the site to be available for purchase by the fall.

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Mr Hammond added that Somerset County Council was currently renegotiating its own legal agreement with Taylor Wimpey over funding for a new primary school.

He said in his report: “There is a separate agreement with the county council as the local education authority to provide a site for a first school, as well as capital to secure new buildings.

“Following its resolution to move to a two-tier education service for the area, the county council is separately seeking to revise this requirement to reflect the need for off-site education work funding and to remove the requirement for a school site.”

The county council’s controversial school reforms – which have successfully withstood judicial scrutiny by local parents – will be implemented in time for the new school year in September.

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools student high school, stadium site plan options

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Three site plan options are being considered for the new $158 million Gahanna Lincoln High School, with a decision expected in February.

District officials, DLR Group and Construction Ruscilli met with neighbors near the high school, with the final meeting and options presented Jan. 12.

After further deliberations with the community at large and the senior facilities planning committee, Judy Hengstebeck, district communications coordinator, said Superintendent Steve Barrett plans to recommend a site plan to the school board in February.

Following:Gahanna-Jefferson will focus on building additions, relationships and staffing in 2022

She said Option 1, also called Option A, was an original design shown to the community.

She said Option 2 (B) is similar to a plan presented earlier, but in this design the building has been reversed so that the entrance faces the neighborhood rather than the rear of the building. Option 3 (C) is a new design.

The priorities the neighbors wanted in the design options included keeping the current stadium, keeping the school one room, maximizing sound/noise buffer, 3 story building, maximizing green space, retaining the veterans memorial, retaining the current auditorium, a buffer natural landscape, a traffic light, and moving the stadium to another location.

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Paul Lawton, architect of the DLR Group, said an effort had been made to come up with designs taking into account the neighbours’ objectives.

“A traffic light is beyond our design power,” he said. “I think moving the stadium totally offsite, at the time I think the context was sort of in the Blacklick area. It’s going to be pretty tough, but we made it in option C. A third one that was a bit out of our hands right now was guarding the auditorium. The other seven, however, we did our best to accommodate.

Keeping the stadium in its current location is option B(2), Lawton said.

“We kept the position of the current stadium,” he said. “What we did was we took the floor plan of the building and mirrored it from east to west and then moved it to the east side of this stadium so that the relationship between the stadium and the building remains the same. There are synergies there that we have tried to keep, and we think it works from that point of view. The one-class school, we have approached it. In this one, we moved it to the west of the stadium. Coming down Hamilton, you would see it at the back of those bleachers.

Lawton said the building would help act as a buffer against sound and noise in this plan.

As designers, he said, they try to minimize the footprint of the entire high school, so the building is 3 stories tall.

“The southern and northern parts are the gymnasiums and auditoriums, so these will naturally be 2 stories, but the main core of the building where the academic wings are – it’s a 3 story space,” Lawton said. “No. 5 (priority) is to maximize green space. As you know from the metrics we’ve shared, we have parking counts that we need to meet, based on code occupancy/gathering rates from the city to the auditorium/gym etc. We tried, of course, that’s our intention, we love greenery as much as you do, so we’ve done our best to maximize that.

He said all three options retain the veterans’ memorial.

This natural landscape area is increased along this eastern border in Option B.

“We think we did our best with the square footage of the building, the number of parking spaces we had to keep the stadium where they are,” he said. “The bus traffic is similar to the first diagram. We have tried to divide this traffic so that the buses come from the south, your student parking comes from west to north, and you have your staff parking and the deposit of relatives in the east.

The new option, Option C, is an attempt to move the stadium to another site.

“It was our attempt to get the best of both worlds,” Lawton said. “If we had a blank page, it might be close to what we would have found. We really did our best to achieve as many of these goals as possible: increase your border, separate parking and car traffic. This relocates the stadium to the southwest. All three have advantages and disadvantages. We intend to provide options and consider the district to present in the future. »

Frank Pinciotti, Ruscilli Construction project manager, said Option A would be to build the new stadium first.

“In this way, the current use of the stadium would only be affected by one year,” he said. “So the teams would find other places to play. We have to build the new building at the same time as we build the new stadium. »

He said options A and B would affect the use of the stadium for about a year, while the high school would be without a stadium for more than four years under option C, and it would cost about 3.5 million. dollars more.

Terry Rippl, a 44-year-old resident, said he thought the district answered questions well with the information available. He said he knew a school was near his home when he moved to the neighborhood.

“When there’s a football game and there’s a touchdown, we hear a roar,” Rippl said. “It’s not a big deal.”

He said he was satisfied with the maximization of green spaces.

Southwind Drive resident Judy Brown said she was surprised the district offered two other options.

“My preference is the one that doesn’t move the stadium, B. It looks like they’ve considered the requests,” she said.

The day after the meeting, resident Ginny Evans said she spent quite a bit of time thinking about the three proposals.

“I was pleased to see that the district listened to neighbors’ concerns and presented two additional options for the footprint design,” she said. “Personally, with the information I currently have, I would rule out Option A because no one should be as directly negatively impacted by having a stadium so close to their property as the neighbors of Saverne Place would be.”

At first, Evans said, she thought Option B sounded good.

“But upon further inspection and discussion, I realized that separating the student parking lot from the school building was not a good option,” she said. “Students would need to walk around the stadium to enter the school building, and the student parking lot is not visible from the building. I don’t think that’s a good thing as far as overall school security and logistics are concerned.

Evans said Option C appears to be the best long-term option.

“It’s a shame there won’t be a football stadium for four years, but when I focus on the overall lifespan of the new building/campus and general academic and safety issues, I think “they take precedence over short term athletics. program interruptions. Option C is also more expensive due to the time it takes to complete the whole project. However, although I don’t want to see the district spending money on unnecessary things (like moving the one room schoolhouse to High Street) I think it would be wise to spend the extra money doing what will give us the most benefit per relation to the life of the new building.

Pinciotti said there weren’t a lot of details in the schematic design phase.

“The next phase is called design development, when they get into the details – the walls, the partitions, the finishes – and get more detailed, but not to the extent that we could actually put it on the street and bid,” Pinciotti said. “We do another check of the cost of the development drawings of the design. This is evaluated. When this is approved, there may be a cost reduction exercise to remove certain things or specify certain things that are less dear.

Pinciotti said the next step would be construction documents.

“These, when they’re done, we can go out on the street and bid on them with some contractors and work out the actual costs,” he said. “There are these checks and balances along the way to make sure we don’t design the Taj Mahal when we can’t afford it.

Deputy Superintendent Jill Elliott said Gahanna Lincoln High School has about 2,400 students and a replacement Lincoln High School at the current site could accommodate 2,800 students.

Elliott said high school staff provided input in a variety of ways throughout the design process and will be more engaged in the coming months as the floor plan is finalized and the discussion moves to the spaces. interiors.

She said the goal is to open the new high school for the 2024-25 school year.

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Staffordshire Gypsy caravan site plan sparks 248 objections

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Hundreds of people oppose plans for a gypsy caravan site on the edge of a rural village.

The proposed land at Radmore Lane, Gnosall, near Stafford, came nearly a decade after a previous application was turned down by Stafford Borough Council.

More than 260 people opposed the 2011 application, which was rejected because it had not been shown that there was a compelling need to develop the site in the middle of the countryside. It was also feared that the plans would lead to the loss of virgin land and detract from the appearance of the rural area.

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Today, 248 people opposed the latest proposals for a private gypsy site for one family, with a day room and no more than two mobile homes and four traveling caravans.

Stone MP Sir Bill Cash, Gnosall Parish Council and campaign group Grid (Gnosall Resists Indiscriminate Development) are among the opponents.

Sir Bill said: ‘The proposed development is unsuitable and does not match the nearby homes and rural character of the area and would result in a loss of green land. This type of open country development would be visually detrimental to the surrounding area and would be highly visible in the local landscape.

“The proposed development would aggravate existing traffic problems on the A518 and the site would be accessed via an unlit junction on a section of the road which has a 60mph speed limit. The entrance to the site is around a sharp bend in Radmore Lane, which is a single lane country lane. It is unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles towing mobile homes and caravans.

The parish council said: ‘The claimant is already housed in Donnington so there are no welfare cases to consider. Even if such an argument were made, there are at least 36-39 Stafford Borough Council sites available.

“There is no compelling need demonstrated at this location. A pristine site in a rural area should not be used for a gypsy residential site. There are most likely suitable sites on brownfield sites or previously used land closer of urban areas (of) the borough of Stafford.

A resident of Glendower Close said: ‘It is a completely misguided proposition to try and enforce an award-winning scenic village. The proposed site is clearly visible from the A518 and will have a visual impact on anyone approaching the village of Gnosall.

“This is a development that will cause an intrusion into the green fields and countryside that separate Gnosall from Newport. There is no precedent for this utterly useless application and development and it will certainly be a permanent stain on the landscape for generations of the local community and anyone who drives in rural Staffordshire.

“We are traveling on the A518, passing the development project and we have observed a significant increase in traffic on this section of the A518. This is no doubt partly due to the increase in our local population using their vehicles.

“The site is rural farmland where sheep can safely graze without electricity, running water or human effluent disposal facilities. Installation of a septic tank would require drainage extending into adjoining farmland Additionally, there will be a significant increase in recycling waste collection from residents and visitors.

A Radmore Lane resident said: ‘Safety would be compromised on the adjacent road network due to the nature of the traffic the site would generate, inadequate turning arrangements at Radmore Lane and off the A518.

“Since 2011 there has been even more traffic on the A518 due to the Gnosall housing estates and there have been many more serious accidents which means there are even more reasons this time to refuse the application than in 2011. The increase in traffic makes this application dangerous for the community as well as the applicants and their families.

But seven letters of support were also sent to the council.

A resident of Coton said: “There is no difference between a few public transport vans towing a caravan and the dozens of big tractors towing huge trailers and various agricultural machinery that travels this road all the time. And caravans do not spread mud all over the road unlike tractors.

“If approval of this application means that their other fields in the center of the village on Station Road are left unoccupied, then I am in favor. If, however, their plan is to occupy both Radmore Lane and their fields on Station Road, then I oppose it.

And one Station Road resident said: ‘It should be allowed because it’s better to have this caravan site in a field outside the village than to have it in the fields which belong to travelers right in the middle of the village by Co-op.

“And the worries around trailers turning into Radmore lane causing danger on 518 – it’s no different than all the massive tractors with their huge trailers going up and down the lane all day and keeping traffic going, a transit with a trailer is no different.”

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Consolidated Restaurant and Nursing Facility Receive Site Plan Approval in the Netherlands

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HOLLAND – Two new developments are progressing in South Holland.

The first, a mixed-use development that will serve as the new home of the Grand King Buffet and the Shanghai Grill and Bar, received its third site plan approval from the Holland Planning Commission on Tuesday, January 11.

Following:Shanghai Grill moves across the street to a mixed-use development

Following:Goog’s Pub announces it will return to Holland in a mixed-use development

The mixed-use development on 32nd Street will include a restaurant and banquet space, as well as residential apartments.

The 421 E 32nd St. site plan had previously been approved in 2019 and then again in 2020 after developers reduced the number of residential units. The latest iteration of the plan outlines a step-by-step process, with one building constructed in 2022 and another if finances permit.

The building planned for this year includes a 13,500 square foot restaurant and banquet center, as well as four apartments totaling approximately 5,500 square feet. In 2019, developers told the planning commission that the restaurant would consolidate the Grand King Buffet and Shanghai Grill and Bar, replacing existing locations at 661 E 24th St. and 442 E 32nd St.

The project applicant owns the two restaurants. Shanghai Grill and Bar opened in 2015, offering take-out and lunch and dinner options, including sushi.

The approximately 3-acre lot sits at the corner of 32nd Street and Hastings Avenue, a few lots from a similar mixed-use development at the old Goog’s Pub.

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The second phase will feature a mix of retail and apartment space in a 15,000 square foot addition. The plan is significantly larger than the 14,000 square foot total at 667 Hastings Ave. – where Goog’s Pub will reopen in a downsized space. This building will include nine residential apartments and a grocery and beverage market, in addition to the restaurant.

The Avenue at Holland, a planned retirement home for 16th Street, received unanimous site plan approval on Tuesday, January 11 from the Holland Planning Commission.

Commissioners also approved a site plan for a nursing home at 897 E. 16th St. The one-story facility, titled The Avenue at Holland, will have 100 patient rooms, two courtyards and a daycare on site for employees.

Construction on the 84,725 square foot facility is expected to begin in 2022, and the developers hope to open in late summer 2023.

— Contact journalist Cassandra Lybrink at [email protected]. Follow her on Instagram @BizHolland.

Botetourt County Receives State Grant for Greenfield Industrial Site Development | Local News

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Botetourt County economic development officials welcomed the public funding announced Thursday to improve industrial site development in Greenfield.

Outgoing Governor Ralph Northam announced the grant as part of a $7 million expenditure to support industrial sites in Virginia. Other regional program grants included funding for Franklin and Pulaski counties and the city of Roanoke.

The $362,700 from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Business Ready Sites program will be used to prepare 121 acres of land for occupancy in the county’s Industrial Center Park off US 220 near Daleville.

“Having industrial sites primed and ready is key to Botetourt County’s work to recruit future manufacturing employers to the community,” a county news release said.

“Speed ​​of access to business is one of the first things potential businesses turn to when looking to grow,” said Franklin County Economic Development Director Beth Simms.

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The Botetourt County Department of Economic Development has offered to use the state grant to update Greenfield’s environmental site assessment, survey and related engineering studies, the news release said.

In addition, the grant will support the construction of a sewer line, access road and grading involving the vacant site, located among the sprawling facilities officially known as Center Botetourt in Greenfield.

The gradually suburban, but mostly rural, county north of Roanoke sees Greenfield as the keystone to its business and economic future.

“Since 2016, nine manufacturers have announced plans to locate or expand in Botetourt County, involving over 1,000 new jobs and over $200 million in taxable investments. These manufacturers include: Munters, Maag Gala, Metalsa, Pratt Industries, Altec Industries, Canatal Steel USA, Constellation Brands, Eldor Corporation, and Arkay,” the county press release reads.

Botetourt County competed with 25 localities to receive a grant from the Business Ready Sites program, the county said.

“The purpose of doing this work now is that it is essential to prepare industrial sites for companies looking for locations for expansion projects before these companies call us to discuss our available sites,” said Botetourt County Director of Economic Development Ken McFadyen.

“The bigger the site, the better prepared we need to be when companies contact us,” he added,

“Communities whose sites are ready with all utilities in place and with at least grading plans are the ones that receive favorable attention from companies looking for locations for their expansion projects,” said said Botetourt County Administrator Gary Larrowe.

Other grants announced Thursday by the state’s Business Ready Sites program:

Franklin County, Summit View Business Park, $1,017,870

Pulaski County, New River Valley Business Park, $300,000

Roanoke County, Wood Haven Technology Park, $75,000

Consolidated Restaurant and Nursing Facility Receives Holland Site Plan Approval

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The owner of the Grand King Buffet and Shanghai Bar and Grill plans to consolidate the restaurants into a new mixed-use development on 32nd Street.

HOLLAND – Two new developments are progressing in South Holland.

The first, a mixed-use development that will serve as the new home of the Grand King Buffet and the Shanghai Grill and Bar, received its third site plan approval from the Holland Planning Commission on Tuesday, January 11.

Following: Shanghai Grill moves across the street to a mixed-use development

Following: Goog’s Pub announces it will return to Holland in a mixed-use development

The mixed-use development on 32nd Street will include a restaurant and banquet space, as well as residential apartments.

The mixed-use development on 32nd Street will include a restaurant and banquet space, as well as residential apartments.

The 421 E 32nd St. site plan had previously been approved in 2019 and then again in 2020 after developers reduced the number of residential units. The latest iteration of the plan outlines a step-by-step process, with one building constructed in 2022 and another if finances permit.

The building planned for this year includes a 13,500 square foot restaurant and banquet center, as well as four apartments totaling approximately 5,500 square feet. In 2019, developers told the planning commission that the restaurant would consolidate the Grand King Buffet and Shanghai Grill and Bar, replacing existing locations at 661 E 24th St. and 442 E 32nd St.

The project applicant owns the two restaurants. Shanghai Grill and Bar opened in 2015, offering take-out and lunch and dinner options, including sushi.

The approximately 3-acre lot sits at the corner of 32nd Street and Hastings Avenue, a few lots from a similar mixed-use development at the old Goog’s Pub.

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The second phase will feature a mix of retail and apartment space in a 15,000 square foot addition. The plan is significantly larger than the 14,000 square foot total at 667 Hastings Ave. – where Goog’s Pub will reopen in a downsized space. This building will include nine residential apartments and a grocery and beverage market, in addition to the restaurant.

The Avenue at Holland, a planned retirement home for 16th Street, received unanimous site plan approval on Tuesday, January 11 from the Holland Planning Commission.

The Avenue at Holland, a planned retirement home for 16th Street, received unanimous site plan approval on Tuesday, January 11 from the Holland Planning Commission.

Commissioners also approved a site plan for a nursing home at 897 E. 16th St. The one-story facility, titled The Avenue at Holland, will have 100 patient rooms, two courtyards and a daycare on site for employees.

Construction on the 84,725 square foot facility is expected to begin in 2022, and the developers hope to open in late summer 2023.

— Contact journalist Cassandra Lybrink at [email protected] Follow her on Instagram @BizHolland.

This article originally appeared on The Holland Sentinel: Consolidated Restaurant and Nursing Facility Receive Site Plan Approval in the Netherlands

Rivian sitemap revealed | News

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The long-awaited site plan for Rivian Automotive’s new multi-billion dollar electric car manufacturing plant in Stanton Springs North was released this week.

Rivian’s new site plan paints a stark picture of how unprecedented the massive plant will be when fully built, spanning 2,000 acres in Morgan and Walton counties.

“We’ve never seen anything like it here,” said Walton County Economic Development Manager Shane Short.

The vast green pastures of the former Verner and Bowden family farmlands in Rutledge will soon be covered in concrete, becoming the hub of industrial development heading into Rutledge town centre.

“Many of Rivian’s buildings will be built on former Verner family farmland and Bowden family farmland,” Short said. “This will help preserve some of the green spaces and wetlands closer to I-20 and US Highway 278. The plant will be approximately three miles from the town of Rutledge.”

According to the recently released site plan, approximately 13 million square feet of the Rivian plant will be built in Morgan County. The total project requires up to 20 million square feet of construction space.

Rivian’s new plant could be up to 20 times larger than Takeda Pharmaceutical’s Stanton Springs plant, which is 1 million square feet. Even Kia’s West Point, Georgia plant is just 2.2 million square feet.

For a visual comparison, 20 million square feet of building space equals 347 football fields. It would be three times bigger than Disneyland and four times bigger than Vatican City.

In addition to manufacturing warehouses and office buildings, roads, parking lots, access points and stormwater management areas will also be constructed in Morgan County for the project.

Rivian will invest up to $5 billion in the new plant, generate 7,500 jobs and produce 400,000 electric vehicles per year when fully operational. Details of the site plan were revealed after Morgan County Planning Director Chuck Jarrell filed two Developmental Regional Impact (DRI) statements with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, as the requires the law for the project to go ahead.

Jarrell said the Joint Development Authority (JDA) expects to earn $100 million in local tax revenue each year from Rivian’s development, which will be split among Morgan, Walton, Newton and Jasper counties, as well as the City of Social Circle.

Jarrell also noted that Rivian’s development will affect 26 landowners who control 43 parcels of land in Morgan and Walton counties. Short said all owners involved voluntarily sold their land to the JDA, and no eminent domain was used to acquire land for the Rivian development.

The site plan also calls for major roadworks in and around the Rivian Automotive plant. Jarrell said a traffic study will be conducted in the near future to determine all the details.

Going forward, the site plan calls for the construction of a new exit off I-20 to Old Mill Road in Rutledge. Other improvements include widening US Highway 278 and connecting Old Mill Road to Highway 278.

Short believes the Rivian plant will bring significant benefits to the people of Morgan County and beyond, while becoming a force for environmental protection and stewardship.

“In all my years of economic development, this is the greenest company I have ever encountered. Their mission is to reduce the carbon footprint of our world,” Short said. “But we’re very excited about the jobs it will bring to the region…Rivian will provide generational career opportunities and benefits for thousands of families.”

Short and JDA members held a community meeting at Social Circle Middle School on Tuesday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the new site plan and other details of Rivian Automotive’s development. At press time, details of the reunion were not yet available.

Leaked site plan shows how Rivian could build up to 20 million square feet in Georgia

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Rivian’s RS1 SUV model, which debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Electric car maker Rivian’s plans for a $5 billion assembly plant include nearly 20 million square feet of development in Stanton Springs, a 2,000-acre economic development megasite about 50 miles east from Atlanta.

As part of the landmark investment, the electric vehicle company could build a test track for its vehicles, wooded “adventure trails” and space for research and development, according to a leaked site plan. published on the Rivian Forum website. News of the sitemap was first reported by the Electrek green energy information site.

The logo of Savannah-based engineering firm Thomas & Hutton appears on the aerial render. Calls to the company have not been returned at press time.

The rumored sitemap closely matches what the company previously revealed about its assembly plant in a recent filing with the Georgian Ministry of Community Affairs, which requested a total of 20 million square feet of assembly and auxiliary buildings. But the documents offered more specific details about the campus, including 13 buildings, the adventure course and a test track.

Rivian wouldn’t be Georgia’s first car test track. The Porsche Cars North America headquarters next to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport includes a customer experience center with a test track. There are no details on what the adventure trail entails, such as whether it would be accessible to the public or only to Rivian workers or whether it would be pedestrian or a path to test the models of SUVs that Rivian plans to produce at the plant.

Other details on the site plan include 144 charging stations, a 100K SF event facility, outdoor amenity spaces and a 2.5M SF research and development facility. In one current filing with the state, Rivian also outlined road improvements for his project, including a new interchange at Old Mill Road and Interstate 20, as well as improvements and widening of the Interstate 278 interchange. The state previously announced plans to build a technical school on campus to train future workers.

California-based Rivian, founded in 2009, went public in November and has a market cap of more than $85 billion, but has yet to make a profit. Prior to its IPO, Rivian was a darling of the electric vehicle industry, attracting investment from Amazon, Ford and Cox Automotive. Experts say Rivian is part of a new generation of automakers aimed at an industry that is set to see tremendous growth over the next few years.

Rivian plans to hire 7,500 people. Once fully operational, state officials said Rivian would be able to produce up to 400,000 vehicles per year. Construction of the facility is expected to begin this summer with production expected to begin in 2024.

Site plan approved for housing development, seniors’ residence in Macomb Township

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A site plan was approved last month for Hampton Manor in Macomb. The area is on the north side of 24 Mile Road, west of Romeo Plank Road. The senior residence development would include an assisted living building and a memory care wing.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP – At its final meeting of 2021, the Macomb Township Planning Commission gave approval for a subdivision, seniors’ residence and more.

At the December 20 meeting, a revised final plan was recommended for approval for Wellington Estates. Planning director Josh Bocks said the plan was approved several months ago.

“Wellington West is the neighboring development that has also been approved,” he said. “From the time it was approved, Wellington Estates has acquired the property which is just south of this area.”

It is on the south side of 24 Mile Road, a quarter mile east of Romeo Plank Road. It is zoned urban single-family residential and has 146 lots. The applicant proposed to add three lots on the south side, bringing the total to 149 lots.

The commission also approved a planned unit development/general design for Freemont. It would be at the southeast corner of 21 Mile and Card roads.

Mario Izzi of MJC Companies said a purchase agreement had been reached with a gas station and a car wash. He is in the final stages of entering into a long-term lease agreement with Valvoline. It is possible that a daycare will be part of the development.

In other planning news, a site plan has been approved for Macomb’s Hampton Manor. The area is on the northwest corner of 24 Mile and Garfield Roads, just west of Macomb Lutheran North. The senior residence development would include an assisted living building and a memory care wing.

Regarding residents’ concerns about drainage and the Howard Drain, Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said the Macomb County Office of Public Works has strict building standards that must be adhered to.

“The township usually follows their standard because they are the ones dictating how much water they will accept down that drain,” he said.

The drain travels from approximately 24 Mile and Romeo Plank roads to 25 Mile and Hayes roads.

Resident Matt Dery said he was completely against the development.

“It’s a mess,” he said. “There are still additional changes to the proposed site plan, including the escape route, which is just across the fence from our homes in the supposed green space.”

After stating that there is a Hampton mansion in Shelby Township about five miles from the Macomb Township site, Dery asked the commission why there was a need for an additional similar property.

Also at the meeting, Supervisor Frank Viviano made a presentation, thanking members Nunzio Provenzano and Jasper Sciuto for their service to the township. It was their last meeting and they received an award from Macomb Township for their service. Provenzano served 15 years on the commission and Sciuto served for 14 years.

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Site map approved for Hy-Vee grocery store

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ASHWAUBENON – A site map for an Iowa-based supermarket chain having a retail grocery store inside the old Shopko in Bay Park Square was approved on Tuesday, Jan. 4 by the village sitemap review committee.

Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said Hy-Vee will maintain the existing 125,000 square foot building footprint with some facade upgrades.

He said there would be two drive-thru points on the north side of the buildings, one for a “click and choose” location, where groceries ordered online can be picked up, and the other for the pharmacy.

Schuette said the west side of the building facing Oneida Street will have a patio at the south end for a bar and food court.

He said an additional condition of approval requires Hy-Vee and Simon Property Group, which operates the mall, to continue working on the details of the parking lot.

Schuette said Hy-Vee will need to submit a separate sign permit application for review and modification of the unit’s planned development, if necessary.

“The revision of the site plan does not take into account the signage,” he said. “Signage will be authorized separately and all approvals beyond, if necessary. “

John Brehm, director of site planning at Hy-Vee, said in December that the company plans to open the grocery store this fall.

“Typical opening hours are 6 am to midnight,” Brehm said. “We anticipate that the store will employ 100 full-time and 300 part-time employees. “

The village council previously approved a Class B beer / Class B alcohol permit for a bar / dining room / patio at this location.

The company also applied for a Class A beer / Class A alcohol license to allow the sale of wine and spirits in the grocery store for off-premises alcohol consumption.

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The development of the Gordon House site in the face of opposition

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A city committee voted against a rezoning request to allow the construction of a condominium on the former site of a historic house.

The plan called for the construction of a four-storey condo at 514 Wellington Crescent, on the site of the former Gordon House.

This structure was built in 1909 and demolished in November 2020. At the time, neighborhood residents and heritage groups opposed the demolition.

The new 24,000-square-foot structure that the developers plan to replace it with would include eight units and underground parking.

Planning, real estate and development staff have recommended approval of the zoning change, but the proposal faces opposition due to building height, tree removal and related issues. to parking and access to the driveway.

A Heritage Conservation District (HCD) application for the neighborhood is also pending. If approved, new requirements could be placed on the development to ensure that the character and appearance of the neighborhood is maintained.

A public hearing on the development before the downtown community committee brought together the property owner, area residents and heritage advocates.

The committee rejected the zoning change request as it stands. The motion will now be considered by council.

Bruce County EMS Headquarters Plan in Port Elgin Gets Site Plan Approval

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Bruce County has approved a site plan for a new nine-bay Emergency Medical Services (EMS) headquarters to be constructed adjacent to the Bruce County Public Library building at the corner of Concession 10 and from MacKenzie Road. in Port Elgin.

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Saugeen Shores Town Planning Supervisor Jay Pausner told councilor meeting via Zoom on January 10 that approval of the site plan is contingent on a minor exemption request from Bruce County which will be heard on January 17. the Zoning By-law of the Town of Saugeen Shores. The county wants to increase the width of the lane from 10 meters to 18.5 meters and build three lanes that would not be permitted without a minor exemption.

Com. Dave Myette said the proposed EMS building is a “beautiful looking” development that will add to the first responder center in the area and possibly foster relationships with the nearby Saugeen Shores Police Department.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau said that not only will the new facility be located in Saugeen Shores, but it will also become the headquarters of Bruce County EMS.

“It is a really positive development for the Town of Saugeen Shores to have our Bruce County EMS senior management now located in Saugeen Shores…” said Charbonneau, adding that in addition to the employment benefits, this also makes Saugeen Shores “a bit of a hub” for EMS services in the region.

Last year, as plans for the new EMS HQ were underway, Bruce County Council accepted a recommendation from its Paramedic Services Committee to extend the two-year lease for its current building in the Green Street in Port Elgin. According to EMS staff, the 33-year-old rodent-infected building is overcrowded and unable to handle the length of the new ambulances.

The Bruce County website states that the Bruce County Paramedic Service employs approximately 100 full-time and part-time paramedics and operates a fleet of 15 vehicles – 12 ambulances and three supervision units stationed in six communities in County of Bruce – Walkerton, Chesley, Kincardine, Port Elgin, Wiarton and Tobermory – who are deployed when and where needed.

This vacant site, owned by Bruce County, at the southwest corner of Concession 10 and MacKenzie Road. in Port Elgin, will house the proposed Bruce County EMS headquarters, valued at $ 4 million. [Town of Saugeen Shores]

Sitemap and Service Agreement for Cedar Crescent Village

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Within three months, developers of the Village of Cedar Crescent development must apply for planning permission for phase one of its multi-million dollar project on land in the waterfront town of Port Elgin, otherwise the city ​​could terminate or suspend an agreement that has just been approved by the councilors and force the developer to resubmit the plans and drawings for approval.

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Councilors for the town of Saugeen Shores approved site works, servicing agreements and lease amendments, and viewed new renderings – the third iteration – of Cedar Crescent Village (CCV) during a virtual committee of the entire meeting on January 10.

The CCV plan is very different from what council approved in principle two years ago – it’s smaller, moved farther from the beach and doesn’t include a banquet hall, volleyball courts or staffed tourist office.

The phased development on the former mini-golf, train station and flea market grounds includes the Whitefish Grille with a rooftop terrace, pavilion, two-story market, restrooms and commercial tenants, including an ice cream shop.

Planning supervisor Jay Pausner noted that the developers had not yet approved the terms of the report which were presented to councilors as staff recommendations. He said CCV’s target opening is August 2023.

Architect Grant Diemert’s latest renderings – which aimed for “coastal architecture” – show buildings in sandy white with pre-finished panels and slatted wood siding and metal siding and roofs.

The design misses the mark for Coun. Cheryl who said the City needs to ensure the project supports the overall character of the design.

“This is a legacy project and I think we need to get this design right…” Grace said, explaining her opposition to site works and the maintenance agreement.

Grace said the proposed design is not in keeping with the coastal character and vision she believes most residents of Saugeen Shores want.

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“I believe we can have growth and development without sacrificing what makes Saugeen Shores a special and beloved destination, whether for tourists or for those who want to make our town their forever home,” said Grace.

Grace also expressed concern over references to “Carney Lane retail outlets” and a reference to the carnival atmosphere in an architectural brief submitted by the developer.

She said the brief indicates that the vision presented by the group of community representatives should ideally “express the freedom and hedonistic temptations of carnival, as well as the stability and organizational structure of seaside Georgian Revival architecture.”

“I believe the majority of residents don’t want a carnival beach-side atmosphere like the references in the report to the Santa Monica Pier and locations in Florida, Grand Bend or Sauble Beach,” said Grace, adding that she hoped the developers would “submit a different design that reflects what citizens have been asking for from the start.

Grace said her vision resembled the Cobble Beach Golf development north of Owen Sound with its features of cedar shingles, gabled windows and soft colors reminiscent of Nantucket.

Deputy Mayor Don Matheson called it a ‘great’ design that has been scaled down and will modernize Port Elgin’s main beach

Deputy Vice Mayor Mike Myatt said he lost sleep over the development and he urges homeowners who will lose their view of the lake. He added that it would take a long time to mend a divided community, but the development would clean up the “eye sore” of Port Elgin’s waterfront.

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“It was a heartbreaking decision…I think once this is built we will have quite a successful development on our beachfront…” Myatt said.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau recognized the difficulty of defining the aesthetics of a private project on the public domain, because to some extent it is a matter of taste and public consultation.

Charbonneau noted the evolution of the design since it was first presented in 2019, calling it “radically” different from the bricks of the first design to an intermediate design and now the third major iteration to try to integrate the vision.

“I’m happy with the design. I know this will satisfy some and not satisfy others, but I’m confident it’s being done for good reason and solid justification and I’m absolutely confident it will be a nice set up on the main beach that will provide in the end the amenities that I’ve been hearing for so long that people want to see at the main beach…” said Charbonneau.

Staff said the City is responsible for providing parking outside areas leased to CCV, work that will be done in 2022-23. As the site will be a destination of choice, the City wants quality landscaping.

Pausner said CCV will pay a $150,000 “taxation” or contribution to the city to help pay for some of the future landscaping, pedestrian connectivity and active transportation on adjacent city lands.

The councilors voted 6 to 2 in favor of the works and site servicing agreement.
With advice. Grace, counselor. Matt Carr voted against approval. He had not responded to a request for comment within the time limits.

Architects renderings show the latest conceptual design for the village of Cedar Crescent on the Port Elgin waterfront.  City councilors approved site works and the servicing plan on January 10 for private development on City-owned land. [Diermert Architect Inc.]
Architects renderings show the latest conceptual design for the village of Cedar Crescent on the Port Elgin waterfront. City councilors approved site works and the servicing plan on January 10 for private development on City-owned land. [Diermert Architect Inc.]

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Rivian site plan unveiled reveals unprecedented size for historic development near Rutledge | News

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The long-awaited site plan for Rivian Automotive’s new multibillion-dollar electric car manufacturing plant in Stanton Springs North was released this week.

Rivian’s new site plan paints a startling picture of the unprecedented scale of the massive factory when fully constructed, spanning 2,000 acres in Morgan and Walton counties.

“We’ve never seen anything like it here,” said Shane Short, Walton County economic development director.

The expansive green pastures of former Verner family and Bowden family farmland in Rutledge will soon be covered with concrete, becoming the hub of industrial development heading into downtown Rutledge.

“A lot of Rivian’s buildings will be built on former Verner family farmland and Bowden family farmland,” Short said. “This will help preserve some of the green space and wetlands closer to I-20 and US Highway 278. The plant will be approximately three miles from the town of Rutledge.”

According to the recently released sitemap, approximately 13 million square feet of the Rivian plant will be built in Morgan County. The total project requires up to 20 million square feet of construction space.

Rivian’s new plant could be up to 20 times the size of Takeda’s pharmaceutical plant in Stanton Springs, which spans 1 million square feet. Even the Kia plant in West Point, Georgia is just 2.2 million square feet.

For a visual comparison, 20 million square feet of construction space represents 347 football fields. It would be three times the size of Disneyland and four times the size of Vatican City.

In addition to manufacturing warehouses and office buildings, roads, parking lots, access points and stormwater management areas will also be built in Morgan County for the project.

Rivian will invest up to $ 5 billion in the new plant, generate 7,500 jobs and produce 400,000 electric vehicles per year when fully operational. Site plan details were revealed after Morgan County Planning Director Chuck Jarrell filed two Regional Impact Development (DRI) statements with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, as the demands the law to move the project forward.

Jarrell said the Joint Development Authority (JDA) expects to earn $ 100 million in local tax revenue each year through the development of Rivian, which will be split among Morgan, Walton, Newton and Jasper counties, as well as the town of Social Circle.

Jarrell also noted that the development of Rivian will affect 26 landowners who control 43 plots of land in Morgan and Walton counties. Short said each landowner involved voluntarily sold their land to the JDA and no prominent estates were used to acquire land for Rivian development.

The site plan also provides for major road works in and around the Rivian Automotive plant. Jarrell has indicated that a traffic survey will be conducted in the near future to determine all the details.

As of now, the site plan calls for the construction of a new exit off I-20 to Old Mill Road in Rutledge. Other improvements include widening US Highway 278 and connecting Old Mill Road to Highway 278.

Short believes the Rivian plant will provide significant benefits to residents of Morgan County and beyond, and become a force for environmental protection and stewardship.

“In all my years of economic development, this is the greenest company I have ever come across. Their mission is to reduce the carbon footprint of our world, ”said Short. “But we are very excited about the jobs this will bring to the region… Rivian will provide career opportunities and generational benefits to thousands of families.”

Short and members of the JDA held a community meeting at Social Circle Middle School on Tuesday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the new site map and other details of Rivian Automotive’s development. At the time of going to press, details of the meeting were not yet available.

Kitty Hawk Planning Board Reviews Setbacks, Lot Coverage, and Retail Sitemap – The Coastland Times

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At its last meeting in 2021 on December 16, the Kitty Hawk Planning Council reconsidered a proposed zoning change, reduced the setback distance for some commercial lots, changed the definition of lot coverage, and considered a retail business development site map.

Due to the absence of members, an earlier recommendation vote on a proposal to allow multi-family dwellings with a maximum density of 14 housing units per acre as a special use in planned commercial developments (PCD) s ‘is a tie at 2-2. City council sent him back for another review and recommendation ahead of a public hearing scheduled for January 10.

According to Planning and Inspections Director Rob Testerman, PCDs are intended to provide developers with design flexibility and greater land use efficiency. Currently, multi-family dwellings are permitted with a maximum density of 10 dwellings per acre in Districts BC-1 and BC-2.

The requirement with the current demand for at least five contiguous acres with no less than 500 feet of total road frontage on US Highway 158 or NC Highway 12 limits the demand to three areas: Home Depot and part of the Beachwoods Resort development. , the new 7 -11 and Promenade Sports Nautiques.

Commenting in favor of the change, real estate agent Eddie Goodrich explained that there would be no changes to the lot coverage, height requirements or decrease in parking and that the overall intention is to achieve a similar development goal in a different way.

“It’s more like two times 15 is 30 versus three times 10 is 30,” Goodrich suggested. “Same number of people, just a different way of doing it,” adding that units per acre really doesn’t mean much, it just allows smaller units to be allowed in the same box.

During discussion of the request, Testerman stressed that the number of rooms and permitted occupants would be governed by the Department of Health.

At the end of the discussion, the vote of approval failed with only two for and three against.

The next item on the agenda was a request to reduce the setback for commercial lots adjacent to any dedicated open space or recreational area of ​​an adjacent residential development.

Testerman explained that examples of where the change would apply include the commercial lands up to the Sea Scape Golf Course and, since it is a recreation area, the Harbor Bay Playground.

In support of the request, Ralph D. Calfee stated that the number of eligible sites is rather limited and that in these areas the buffer zone of adjacent residential uses is actually larger than expected, creating an unnecessary restriction for these. development of commercial sites.

The motion to approve this request was carried with a 5-0 approval vote.

A change to the definition of land cover was also passed with unanimous support, which will exempt 500 square feet of pool area from land cover calculations.

Currently, lot coverage – a measure of developed land use – includes areas covered by buildings, parking lots, driveways, roads, sidewalks, decks, and any concrete areas. or asphalt.

Testerman explained that in most cases there is a gap of a few inches between the top of the pool water and the adjacent level of the pool deck, allowing the pools to serve as a catch basin for some of the rainwater. And, while the current code could be interpreted to allow it to decree that swimming pools are exempt, incorporating the wording into the city code removes any subjectivity and will ensure consistency going forward.

Testerman also said that for stormwater clearance purposes, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality did not count pool areas in the lot coverage.

Returning to the last item on the night’s agenda, a review of the sitemap of a retail business development drew concerning comments from a few neighboring residents.

The proposed plans provide for the improvement of a vacant lot at 5201 North Croatan Highway between Ambrose Furniture and Outer Banks Furniture. A 7,500 square foot two-story commercial building with a maximum height of 28 feet, both within the permitted height and land coverage requirements, will have access to Byrd Street. There is currently no plan to connect Byrd Street to US 158 and terminals are available to prevent through traffic.

While there have been comments from local residents that the development will cause flooding to their properties, during discussions it was pointed out that the property to be developed does not flood them and in fact collects some of the land. excess water from higher up the street which flows into this property.

Michael W. Strader Jr., director of engineering at Quible and Associates at Kitty Hawk, said he was aware of the flooding issues associated with the development of the property. He went on to say that the property is a bowl, but that there would be no runoff to other properties and some of the landscaping and engineering on the property would actually exceed the standards. state stormwater retention requirements.

At the end of the discussion, it was highlighted that the proposed development plans meet all applicable guidelines and a motion to approve the site plan received a 5-0 vote.

Each of the items on the evening’s agenda will be considered by the municipal council, which is not bound by the votes of the town planning council.

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Site plan of a caravan for the popular seaside resort of Anglesey should be refused

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Plans to set up a caravan site on a working farm near a popular Anglesey seaside resort could be rejected by planners.

A request for a change in agricultural land use to accommodate 10 touring caravans in Bunwerth, Trearddur Bay near Holyhead is to be discussed by the Anglesey Council planning committee next week.

Officers recommend that the proposal be denied.

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In a report to committee members, the proposal was presented by two local councilors for consideration.

Planning Officer Gwen Jones, in her report, states that the application site includes agricultural land within an Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

She adds, “As the existing screens on the site are empty or low in height, the northeast of the site would be most visible in views of a short stretch of the highway.

As the proposal is for white tourists, the local planning authority’s assessment is that the views of the site tend to be intrusive, although not all tourists would be fully visible. It is possible that part of everyone be visible indicating the extent of the proposed development.



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“A landscaping plan was provided with the planning request. The landscaping plan would reinforce the existing screening and it is anticipated in the assessment that it will take 5-10 years to become significantly effective.

She concludes her report by stating: “The proposal is not considered to include high quality development and that it would also be detrimental to the character and appearance of the area which is part of the AONB”.

The Rome subdivision is OK for the sitemap

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A site plan review of a 50-lot first phase of a large residential subdivision of approximately 69 lots off Merrick Road, via Charles Anken Boulevard, known as Delta Luxury Townhomes, LLC, was approved by the Rome Planning Council at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, on condition that the developer agrees to install street lighting in the development in the future.

Steven Buck, owner of Buck Construction of Whitesboro, appeared before the board after members said at the December meeting that the project engineer had not provided evidence, since the November discussions, plans to install sufficient street lighting in the proposed residential subdivision for public safety. .

“Unfortunately, it is not in our budget to install the lighting, but we are committed to putting arrangements in place to facilitate the addition of a lighting district and fixtures to the project,” said Buck.

Last month, the project engineer explained how the site plan now included driving lights on each lot and that it would be “built into” the deed and rental agreements that residents would be required to light. these fires “during the hours of darkness”.

Buck mentioned Tuesday how the costs of building materials continue to rise, making the installation of lighting out of his budget for the project. He said his engineer altered the site drawings to indicate the installation of the lighting district conduit. Buck said he plans to work with National Grid to see if the gas and electric company would allow development to join the company’s “trench” as they dig trenches, but if they don’t. not, “we will provide a trench in the right-of-way of a solid conduit.

Buck and National Grid “are coordinating an effort to have a complete pipeline system where electricity can be supplied at any time in the future,” he said.

The plans continue to include outdoor lighting for installation in the home’s garages, Buck added. He also said the conduit could be tied to his next project to be submitted to town planning council and included on the February agenda, for the addition of 44 single-family lots.

City planner Garret Wyckoff said it was on the recommendation of the city’s Department of Community and Economic Development that the planning council approves the site plan for Delta luxury townhouses given the current escalation. material prices and that city codes do not require street lighting. Wyckoff said it was in the city’s best interest for the project to go ahead as it provides additional housing as the city grapples with a “lack of housing supply.”

Planning council vice-chairman Joseph Calandra said he would like to see the project “go ahead”, but recommended that a motion be made to approve the site plan, provided Buck adds street lighting once it is able to sell the units and make a profit. Then he could use the profits to reinvest in development, including adding lighting, Calandra added.

“Right now he (Buck) has a cash flow problem, but once he’s up and running we can recommend that he install street light – it’s a financial burden for him right now,” said Calandra.

Installing street lighting in the development would cost an additional $ 195,000, city officials said.

President Mark Esposito then asked how the city planning council or city might make the recommendation enforceable in the future.

City Assistant Corporation attorney James S. Rizzo said it would “not be a legal problem” to recommend that lighting be added in the future, because “there is nothing wrong with what the developer comes back for a status report “.

It was later indicated that Buck could give a status update during the licensing process in conjunction with the Planning Council, the Department of Public Works and the city codes office.

A motion to approve the site plan on the condition that Buck add street lighting to the development in the future was passed unanimously.

Also on the program:

• The review of the environmental quality of the site and the review of the site plan for a WellNow 4,375 square foot emergency care facility to be located at 1790, boul. Black River. have been deposited.

Project engineer Kevin Bamann explained that emergency care would be located next to the mall’s new Starbucks cafe. He explained that Caliber Commercial Brokerage, LLC of Rochester is developing the facility, along with Starbucks. The cafe’s sitemap was approved by the board in September for Randy Soggs, owner of Mohawk Acres Plaza.

Bamann said he, on behalf of Caliber Brokerage, was due to appear before the city’s Zoning Appeal Board next month to ask him to “line up” the reverse side of the emergency care building with Starbucks due to the existing water pipe.

As for Caliber taking over the development of WellNow and Starbucks, Bamann said Soggs sold the property to Caliber because the trading firm “made a lot of it (Starbucks) to other cities” and had to experience working with the company.

“From what I understand, WellNow is very responsive and Starbucks not so much,” Bamann said of explaining the sale.

As the board was still awaiting the SEQR review, Esposito proposed that the SEQR and sitemap be tabled, which were approved unanimously.

• A negative statement on a SEQR examination and preliminary plaque examination, requested by Pat Busyczak for a minor subdivision of two lots across from 6327 Lamphear Road, was unanimously approved. It is planned that the owner Busyczak will build a house on the second lot and sell it.

Easdales faces decision delay on £100m ex-IBM Greenock site development

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A PLANNING decision on a proposed £100million transformation of the former IBM site in Greenock has been postponed after the procedures followed by council officials were branded ‘incompetent’.

Inverclyde Planning Council yesterday voted 5-4 to carry out a visit to the Spango Valley site and demand a further briefing from council building officials about the candidacy of bus magnate businessmen Sandy and James Easdale , as reported by the Greenock Telegraph.

The decision came after a proposal by Councilman Councilor Jim McEleny to lift a council officer’s cap on new homes on the 270 to 420 site was rejected by Chief Legal Officer Jim Kerr.

A bid by developers for permission in principle for 450 homes has been deemed excessive by planning bosses because it exceeds the current limit for the entire Spango Valley site by 30 – only part of which is owned by the Easdale brothers.

FORMER IBM SPANGO VALLEY SITE

Cllr McEleny was told his motion was ‘incompetent’ with the Local Development Plan (LDP) and would render the other part of the site unviable for development by its owners, who opposed the Easdales’ request.

Mr McEleny argued that capping the app at 270 homes would ‘kill it like a stone’, as Sandy Easdale has publicly said in the Telegraph last month that the site would remain “derelict” with such a reduction in the number of properties.

Councilor McEleny – who described the development proposal as ‘exciting’ – said: ‘The fact is that the process followed by council officers has been incompetent.

“They should have reviewed the application for 450 homes outside the LDP and recommended denial and proceeded to a public hearing.

“It should have been both options.”

Chief legal officer Mr Kerr said changing a planning condition from 270 to 420 homes would be a ‘significant departure’ from the LDP, adding: ‘I don’t think we can go back.

HeraldScotland: Councilor Jim McElenyCouncilor Jim McEleny

Councilor McEleny retorted: “‘I don’t think’ is not a sufficient legal ground.

“We should give this candidacy every chance of succeeding and not put an end to it.”

Mr Jamieson replied: ‘The economic viability of the site is not a material planning consideration.’

The Easdales – who worked with delivery partner Advance Construction – have filed masterplans for a major development of 450 new homes, business space, a pub/restaurant and a ‘park and ride’ facility in the former IBM Halt station.

In a statement released last month, the Easdales said: “We have worked positively with council officials since the bid was submitted and understood that the officials were supportive of our bid.

“Therefore, it was surprising to read in the local media that council officials were now recommending that there be a 40 per cent reduction in the number of houses – as that was something they had specifically told us not to wouldn’t happen.”

Councilor Innes Nelson offered a site visit and another briefing of the elected members by council officers.

HeraldScotland: Spango Valley and former IBM site, Greenock.Spango Valley and former IBM site, Greenock.

Cllr Jim Clocherty proposed approval of the application as recommended by officials for 270 homes.

He said: “The frustration for me is that there is no master plan for the whole site.

“I know it’s not the applicant’s fault, but if we go for all the houses on offer, the other part of the site wouldn’t be viable, and that’s not LDP compliant.”

Organizer David Wilson asked if members approved the proposal with the recommendation of 270 homes, if the developers could appeal.

Mr Jamieson said: ‘It is within the gift of every applicant to appeal any decision of the planning council and it would be the Scottish Ministers who would consider the application.’

Councilors David Wilson, John Crowther, Jim McEleny, Robert Moran and Innes Nelson voted for a site visit and additional briefing before deciding on the application.

Councilors Jim Clocherty, Gerry Dorrian, Drew McKenzie and Ciano Rebecchi voted to approve the application with the recommendation of 270 new homes.

Sterling acquires Petillo, a leading specialist site development company

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THE WOODS, Texas – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NasdaqGS: STRL) (“Sterling” or “the Company”) entered into a share purchase agreement and completed the acquisition of Petillo Incorporated and its related operating entities ( collectively “Petillo”) on December 30, 2021. Petillo is a leading provider of specialty site development solutions in the Northeast and Central Atlantic. Founded in 1994 by owner and CEO Michael Petillo, Petillo has experienced 29% compound revenue growth from 2017 to 2021 through continued expansion of its geographic footprint, customer base and service offerings. Petillo’s revenue and operating income in 2021 is expected to be approximately $ 212 million and $ 29 million, respectively.

“We are delighted to welcome the Petillo team, their culture and their capabilities to our electronics infrastructure solutions industry,” said Joe Cutillo, CEO of Sterling. “Their entrepreneurial spirit of delivering customer-centric solutions, coupled with their geographic footprint, will allow us to serve our major leading e-commerce customers across the East Coast with even more offerings than ever before. . Petillo’s capabilities along with our current Plateau capabilities will not only create one of the largest specialty site development companies in the United States, but will also add broader capabilities and service offerings to both end markets.

The aggregate consideration of $ 195 million paid on the Closing Date (the “Base Purchase Price”) consisted of $ 175 million in cash and 759,447 common shares of Sterling valued at $ 20 million. In addition, under the purchase agreement, if they have met the specified annual operating income growth thresholds and certain other conditions, the sellers are entitled to top-up payments not to exceed $ 20 million over the course of the years. next five years. The Company also entered into a five-year employment contract with Michael Petillo, which provides for five equal annual retention payments totaling $ 15 million.

Effective December 29, 2021, Sterling entered into a third amendment to its credit agreement (the “Amendment”) which, among other provisions, increased the Company’s existing term loans through a new additional term loan of $ 140 million with the same maturity as the existing term. Loans to finance part of the acquisition of Petillo. The amendment was led by BMO Capital Markets Corp, as principal arranger and joint bookrunner, and by BMO Harris Bank NA, as administrative agent. The balance of the base purchase price, as well as the costs associated with the acquisition, were funded from Sterling’s cash balance.

Stifel served as exclusive financial advisor and Jones Walker LLP served as legal counsel to Sterling on this transaction.

Conference call

Sterling management will hold a conference call to discuss this transaction on Thursday, January 6e at 9:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. CT. Interested parties can participate in the call by dialing (201) 493-6744 or (877) 445-9755. Please call ten minutes before the start of the conference call and request the Sterling call. Following the opening remarks from management, there will be a question and answer session. In addition, a slide presentation that will accompany management’s comments will be posted in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website, available at www.strlco.com, where a simultaneous webcast of the Company is available. The call will also be available. If you are unable to listen live, the webcast of the conference call will be archived on the Company’s website for thirty days.

About Sterling

Sterling Construction Company, Inc. operates through a variety of subsidiaries in three segments specializing in heavy civil engineering, specialty services and residential projects in the United States (the “United States”), primarily in the southern United States. United States, Rocky Mountain States, California and Hawaii. , as well as other areas with strategic construction opportunities. Heavy Civil includes infrastructure and rehabilitation projects for highways, roads, bridges, airports, ports, streetcars, water supply systems, sewage and stormwater drainage. Specialty service projects include site development activities, multi-family home foundations, parking structures and other commercial concrete projects. Residential projects include concrete foundations for single family homes. From strategy to operations, we are committed to sustainable development by acting responsibly to protect and improve the quality of life of society. Caring for our employees and communities, customers and investors is The Sterling Way.

Joe Cutillo, CEO, “We build and maintain the infrastructure that allows our economy to run, our people to move, and our country to grow. “

Important information for investors and shareholders

Caution regarding forward-looking statements

This press release contains statements that are considered to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which may include statements regarding: our projections or expectations regarding synergies and other benefits of the transaction; our business strategy; our financial strategy; our industry outlook; and our plans, goals, expectations, forecasts, outlook and intentions. All of these types of statements, other than the statements of historical fact included in this press release, are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “may”, “will”, “could”, “should”, “expect”, “plan”, “plan”, “have the intention “,” “believe”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential”, “pursue”, “target”, “continue”, the negative of these or other comparable terms. press release are largely based on our expectations, which reflect estimates and assumptions made by our management. These estimates and assumptions reflect our best judgment based on currently known market conditions and other factors. In addition, the assumptions management regarding future events may prove to be inaccurate. Management cautions all readers that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are not guarantees of future performance, and we cannot assure any reader that such statements will materialize or forward-looking events and circumstances will occur. Although we believe these estimates and assumptions are reasonable, they are inherently uncertain and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are beyond our control, including the possibility that the expected benefits of the transaction may not be fully realized. or may take longer to materialize than expected, the possibility that the costs or difficulties of integrating the Petillo business are greater than expected and our ability to hire and retain Petillo employees. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated or implied in forward-looking statements because of these factors as well as other factors included in the “Risk Factors” section in our documents filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and elsewhere in these documents. Other factors or risks that we currently believe are immaterial, that are not currently known to us, or that arise in the future could also cause our actual results to differ materially from our expected results. In light of these uncertainties, investors are cautioned that many of the assumptions on which our forward-looking statements are based are subject to change after the date on which the forward-looking statements are made. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are posted, and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events or developments, changed circumstances or otherwise, notwithstanding any change in our assumptions, changes in business plans, actual experience or other changes. These cautionary statements qualify all forward-looking statements attributable to us or to persons acting on our behalf.

Sterling acquires Petillo, an industry-leading specialty site development company

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Conference call with accompanying slide presentation, Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. ET

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, January 05, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NasdaqGS:STRL) (“Sterling” or “the Company”) has entered into a stock purchase agreement and completed the acquisition of Petillo Incorporated and its related operating entities (collectively “Petillo”), on December 30, 2021. Petillo is a leading provider of specialty site development solutions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Founded in 1994 by owner and CEO Michael Petillo, Petillo has experienced compound revenue growth of 29% from 2017 to 2021 through the continued expansion of its geographic footprint, customer base and service offerings. Petillo’s 2021 revenue and operating profit are expected to be approximately $212 million and $29 million, respectively.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Petillo team, their culture and their capabilities to our Electronic Infrastructure Solutions business,” said Joe Cutillo, CEO of Sterling. “Their entrepreneurial spirit focused on delivering customer-centric solutions, coupled with their geographic footprint, will allow us to serve our key, blue-chip e-commerce customers across the East Coast with even more offerings than before. Petillo’s capabilities along with our current Plateau capabilities will not only create one of the largest specialty site development companies in the United States, but will also add broader capabilities and service offerings to both end markets.”

The aggregate consideration of $195 million paid on the closing date (the “Base Purchase Price”) consisted of $175 million in cash and 759,447 common shares of Sterling valued at $20 million. In addition, under the purchase agreement, upon satisfaction of meeting specified annual operating profit growth thresholds and certain other conditions, the sellers are entitled to additional payments not to exceed $20 million. over the next five years. The Company also entered into a five-year employment contract with Michael Petillo, which provides for five equal annual retention payments totaling $15 million.

Effective December 29, 2021, Sterling entered into a third amendment to its credit agreement (the “Amendment”) which, among other provisions, increased the Company’s existing term loans with a new additional term of $140 million with the same maturity as the existing term loan. Loans to finance part of the acquisition of Petillo. The amendment was led by BMO Capital Markets Corp, as joint lead arranger and joint bookrunner, and BMO Harris Bank NA, as administrative agent. The balance of the base purchase price, as well as acquisition-related costs, was funded from Sterling’s cash balance.

Stifel acted as exclusive financial advisor and Jones Walker LLP acted as legal advisor to Sterling on this transaction.

Conference call

Sterling management will hold a conference call to discuss this transaction on Thursday, January 6and at 9:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. CT. Interested parties can participate in the call by dialing (201) 493-6744 or (877) 445-9755. Please call ten minutes before the start of the conference call and request the Sterling call. Following the opening remarks from management, there will be a question and answer session. In addition, a slide presentation that will accompany management’s comments will be posted in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website, which can be viewed at www.strlco.com, where a simultaneous webcast of the call will also be available. If you are unable to listen live, the webcast of the conference call will be archived on the Company’s website for thirty days.

About Sterling

Sterling Construction Company, Inc. operates through a variety of subsidiaries in three segments specializing in heavy civil, specialty service and residential projects in the United States (the “United States”), primarily in the southern United States, the Rocky Mountain States, California and Hawaii. , as well as other areas with strategic construction opportunities. Heavy civil engineering includes infrastructure and rehabilitation projects for highways, roads, bridges, airports, ports, light rail, water, wastewater and storm drainage systems. Specialty service projects include site development activities, multi-family home foundations, parking structures and other commercial concrete projects. Residential projects include concrete foundations for single family homes. From strategy to operations, we are committed to sustainability by operating responsibly to preserve and improve society’s quality of life. Caring for our people and our communities, our customers and our investors – that’s The Sterling Way.

Joe Cutillo, CEO, “We build and maintain the infrastructure that allows our economy to function, our people to move, and our country to grow.”

Important information for investors and shareholders

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that qualify as forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which may include statements regarding: our projections or expectations regarding the synergies and other benefits of the transaction; our business strategy; our financial strategy; our industry outlook; and our plans, objectives, expectations, forecasts, outlook and intentions. All of these types of statements, other than statements of historical facts included in this press release, are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “may”, “will”, “could”, “should”, “expect”, “plan”, “project”, “has intention to”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential”, “pursue”, “target”, “continue”, the negative of these terms or any other comparable terminology. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based largely on our expectations, which reflect estimates and assumptions made by our management. These estimates and assumptions reflect our best judgment based on currently known market conditions and other factors. In addition, management’s assumptions regarding future events may prove to be inaccurate. Management cautions all readers that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are not guarantees of future performance, and we cannot assure any reader that such statements will materialize or that forward-looking events and circumstances will occur. Although we believe these estimates and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently uncertain and involve a number of risks and uncertainties beyond our control, including the possibility that the expected benefits of the transaction may not be fully realized. or may take longer to materialize than expected, the possibility that the costs or difficulties of integrating Petillo’s business may be greater than anticipated, and our ability to hire and retain Petillo’s employees. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated or implied by the forward-looking statements due to these and other factors included in the “Risk Factors” section of our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. States and elsewhere in these documents. Other factors or risks that we currently believe are not material, that are not presently known to us, or that occur in the future could also cause our actual results to differ materially from our expected results. Given these uncertainties, investors are cautioned that many of the assumptions on which our forward-looking statements are based are subject to change after the date on which the forward-looking statements are made. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events or developments, change in circumstances or otherwise, notwithstanding any change in our assumptions, changes in business plans, actual experience or other changes. These cautionary statements qualify all forward-looking statements attributable to us or to persons acting on our behalf.

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Bryan City Council asks staff to explain site development review process before approving new subdivision rezoning – WTAW

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Image of the Town of Bryan showing the location of the land that was rezoned during the City Council meeting on December 14, 2021.

Bryan City Council’s approval to rezone the land on the northwest side of town is just the first step for developers looking to build 300 new homes.

At the December board meeting, City Manager Kean Register was among the staff who explained the developer’s role in the site’s development review process.

This is after neighboring homeowners expressed concerns about increased traffic and possible flooding.

Deputy Director of Planning and Development Services Martin Zimmerman said the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) will be seeking public comments following the site review process.

Zimmerman says after the staff review, P&Z will hold another public hearing before considering final action.

Developers who want to build homes generally north of the intersection of Sandy Point and Hilton Road plan to build a retention pond and they would be responsible for extending the water and sewer lines.

Click HERE to read and download background information from the Bryan City Council meeting on December 14, 2021.

Click HERE to read and download the ordinance that has been adopted.

Click below for comments from Kean Register and Martin Zimmerman.


The Farmer’s Rest Hotel in Dundas awaits site plan approval

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The 175-year-old Farmer’s Rest Hotel at 207 King St. W. awaits site plan approval in 2022 for renovations planned for more than 15 years — the last two years and four months by its current owner. based in Ancaster.
  • The rear of the 175-year-old Farmer's Rest Hotel at 207 King St. W. awaits site plan approval in 2022 for renovations planned for more than 15 years - the past two years and four month by her current Ancaster-based owner.

Owners of the long-vacant Farmer’s Rest Hotel at 207 King Street West hope the City of Hamilton will approve a nearly two-year-old site plan application this year that is still under review by the municipality.

The proposal for a commercial unit on the ground floor and a residential unit on each of the other two floors of the 175-year-old heritage building was submitted in March 2020. Six different owners attempted to renovate the building over the last 16 years.

Daniel Cheatley, a consultant to the property’s current owner, said the group was awaiting site plan approval.

“We expect the project to move forward in 2022,” Cheatley said. “We may provide more updates once our sitemap is approved.”

A numbered company, including directors Erwin Gerl and Zachary Agnew of Ancaster, bought 207 King in September 2019 for $950,000.

A conditional heritage permit was issued in November 2020 for: the repointing of all masonry; installation of wood panels under large commercial windows; and the installation of new downspouts for stormwater management.

The structure was built in 1847 by Jesse Cooper as the Farmer’s Rest Hotel. It operated as a hotel, known as Cain’s Hotel after it was purchased by Patrick Cain in 1893, until 1910 when the building served as a hospital and later as an apartment building. It was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1981.

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

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

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

The project overlooks the polar park.

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

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

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

Exterior features

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

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

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

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

Neighbor of the polar park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Gina G. Scala

[email protected]

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

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

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

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

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

The components of SciTech Scity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Site plan agreement for manufacturing plant in Palmerston conditionally approved

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marina Village Site Plan Gains Suisun Planning Commission Approval

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

There are two vacancies on the committee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It offered two upgrade options:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marina Village site plan obtains approval from Suisun Planning Commission

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

There are two positions to be filled within the commission.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It offered two options for improvement:

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

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

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

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

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

Hartford Commission Approves Taphouse Site Plan | Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Urbanspace

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

About Peregren

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

About Page

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

About Flintco

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

About Nelsen Partners

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

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

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

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

Posted: 12-142021

by Art Benavidez

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All interior streets must be 26 feet wide.

Based in Houston Johnson Design Groupis on board the project.

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

VBX Project ID: 2021-8764


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Hamburg Housing PUD receives final site plan approval

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December 10, 2021

By Mike Kruzman / [email protected]

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

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

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

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

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

Untapped Potential in Air Taxi Landing Site Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gaithersburg Approves Initial Site Plan for Novavax Campus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Development of Thatcham Traveler caravan site prevented by injunction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does the injunction say?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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“The case is not closed”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gloversville Planning Board approves site plan for $ 20 million project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The proposed changes are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was the only member of the audience to comment.

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

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

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

The governing body approved this amendment and the plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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