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The Outer Banks Voice – Wawa submits site plan to City of KDH

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Wawa Submits Site Plan to KDH City

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice on March 14, 2022

Wawa, Inc. has submitted a commercial site plan to the City of Kill Devil Hills requesting permission to build one of its popular gas stations and convenience stores at 1900 N. Croatan Highway, located on the west side of the highway just south of BB&T and across from the old Kmart.

Kill Devil Hills Deputy Director of Planning Cameron Ray told The Voice in an email that the application was submitted by Arista Development on Wawa’s behalf and included a 6,000 square foot Wawa convenience store, awning with gas pumps and 53 parking spaces. Wawa is popular for its made-to-order meals, freshly brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, and other Wawa-branded items.

Wawa, Inc.’s external public relations supervisor, Jennifer Wolf, confirmed that the company has its eye on Kill Devil Hills as well as other locations in North Carolina, with the opening of the first stores of by the end of 2024. Wawa has more than 850 convenience stores, 600 of them offering gasoline, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C., but n currently has no location in North Carolina.

“We are thrilled to confirm that we are expanding in North Carolina,” Wolf said in an email to The Voice. “While we cannot confirm specific locations or construction timelines at this stage in the process, we can say that we are actively seeking potential sites for new Wawa stores in North Carolina, including Kill Devil Hills,” said she declared.

In January, Wawa came to Kill Devil Hills to request a waiver for primary access to US 158 at the same site. This request was denied by the Kill Devil Hills Board of Adjustment because city code requires that corner lots along US 158 have driveway access on the side street rather than on the freeway with the aim of minimizing driveways along the freeway.

Wawa’s current site plan was submitted on February 28 and is currently being reviewed by staff. Deputy Director of Planning Ray said he will likely go to the Kill Devil Hills Planning Board in April for review and then to the Board of Commissioners in May.

Wawa, the website says, is a Native American word for the Canada goose that was found in the Delaware Valley over 100 years ago. The original Wawa Dairy Farm was also built in 1902 on land located in the rural area of ​​Pennsylvania called Wawa.

For his part, Wolf concluded, “We look forward to serving the community with our fresh, quality food and beverages and, as always, our deep commitment to the communities in which we operate.



PUBLIC NOTICE

STATE OF WISCONSIN – CIRCUIT COURT – ADAMS COUNTY
CREATIVE FUNDING, INC.
815 Commercial Park Road
Box 454
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965,
Case No. 21CV148
Applicant,
v.
RANDALL SCOTT SCOTT
106 Charlotte Street
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina 27948
Respondent.

ASSIGNMENT

THE STATE OF WISCONSIN
To each person named above as a defendant:
You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above Creative Finance, Inc., by its attorney, Christopher M. Kern, has commenced a lawsuit or other legal action against you.
Within forty (40) days of February 21, 2022, you must respond with a written request for a copy of the Complaint. The request should be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is: Clerk of Circuit Court, Adams County Courthouse, 402 Main Street, PO Box 220, Friendship, Wisconsin 53934, and to the plaintiff’s attorney, Christopher M. Kern , 815 Business Park Road, PO Box 454, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, 53965. An attorney can help or represent you.
If you do not provide an appropriate response within forty (40) days, the Court may enter judgment against you for an award of money or other legal action sought in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be executed under the conditions provided by law. A judgment awarding a sum of money can become a lien on any real estate you currently own or in the future, and can also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property.
As of February 21, 2022.
Plaintiff’s General Counsel
Signed by: Christopher M. Kern
Christopher M. Kern
Status bar number: 1093883
CreativeFinance, Inc.
815 Commercial Park Road
Box 454
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Phone: (608) 254-6855
Fax: (608) 253-5005
[email protected]



PUBLIC NOTICE

NC- INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – ALBAMARLE
SOUND TO NEUSE RIVER ALLIGATOR RIVERSECOND CREEK-ALLIGATOR RIVER

All interested parties are advised that the Coast Guard Fifth District Commander has received a proposal from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with plans for modifying a
existing drawbridge over a United States waterway.

WATERWAY AND LOCATION: Alligator River, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Mile 84.2, in Columbia, North Carolina.

CHARACTER OF WORK: The proposed project is to replace the 2.83 mile long 2-lane swing-span drawbridge with a two-lane high-rise fixed bridge on a new alignment of approximately
2,000 feet north of the existing bridge. The objective of the project is to replace a bridge that is structurally deficient and undergoing significant deterioration, due to its age, and to avoid having to carry out
thorough maintenance of obsolete mining machinery.

The existing drawbridge has a horizontal clearance of 100 feet on each side of the swing span and a vertical clearance of 14 feet above mean high water in the closed position and unlimited vertical clearance in the open position. The replacement bridge will be a fixed bridge with a horizontal clearance of 140 feet and a vertical clearance of 65 feet above mean high water.

A copy of Preliminary Public Notice D05PPN-02-2022, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 398-6222 or by visiting https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/ ?pageName=pnBridges . Comments on this proposal should be sent to the address indicated in the notice no later than April 01, 2022.

Those who do not speak English or who have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English can receive interpretation services upon request by calling 1-800-481-6494.
Aquellas personas no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o intender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan llamando al 1-800-481-6494.


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.

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.

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.

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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‘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.

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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contacts

Media Contact: Lara Burns Boyda
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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.

Planning Commission approves final site plan for Wawa in Gaithersburg

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Render from planning documents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Whitewater Approves Site Plan Process for Rafit Road Property Redevelopment

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

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

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

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

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

He stressed that he would not be retiring.

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

He sees a bright future for Wilderness Tours.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Site plan agreement with the township

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rezoning, approved site plan for Ashwaubenon gas station

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By Kevin Boneske
Editor-in-chief


ASHWAUBENON – The rezoning of three Sports & Entertainment plots at B-3 Community Business to build a 5,200 square foot Holiday convenience store at the southwest corner of South Ashland Avenue and Mike McCarthy Way was approved on Tuesday, October 26 by the Village council.

Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said he would not have been in favor of rezoning the property if it had been located elsewhere in the Sports & Entertainment District.

“However, looking at the surrounding land uses – its location against South Ashland Avenue, the railroad, the surrounding land uses – it makes sense for this specific location (to rezone the property) to B-3 to facilitate the redevelopment of this property, ”he said.

Schuette said the project with an eight-dispenser fuel island and an accessory car wash would demolish an existing dilapidated warehouse.

“It’s going to clean up this site quite significantly,” he said.

Schuette said the overall village plan identifies commercial uses as permitted in this area.

He said the site would not have diesel pumps for semi-trailers, which was a concern of a neighboring landowner who raised during the public hearing the possibility of traffic jams in the area.

“It can have a diesel pump for diesel vehicles, but there won’t be pumps for semi-trailers,” Schuette said.

The council also approved a site plan for the project.

Schuette said two of the existing driveway access points on Mike McCarthy Way will be used for the convenience store, with a third driveway access point on South Ashland near the southern property line at approximately 200 feet south of the intersection with Mike McCarthy Way.

Jim Goeppner, director of real estate development for Holiday, said the two curbs along Mike McCarthy Way are designed to create the best flow of traffic for vehicles entering and exiting the property.

Exterior finishes requested in the site plan include stone-look paneling near the base extending to the corners of the buildings, a window system and a fiber cement wall panel system with concealed fasteners.

The conditions of approval for rezoning do not include any sale of products outside, with the exception of propane.

Village president Mary Kardoskee said she was happy other possible items for sale, such as bags of salt and firewood, were not left outside as the site is located at the main entrance to the Ashwaubenon Sports and Entertainment District.

Administrator Gary Paul said he was happy to see Holiday convenience store moving there.

“Overall I think it’s a good plan,” he said. “Everything is better than what currently exists. “

Georgetown: Hines offers 336-unit multi-family development

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Illustration of the functionality: artist rendering of a building from the apartment project proposed by Meeks Partners.

Posted: 17-11-2021

by Art Benavidez

Georgetown (Williamson County) – A Houston-based global real estate developer’s site development plan for a 336-unit multi-family complex was approved at Tuesday’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

The 14-acre property is undeveloped and is located at 1701 Wolf Ranch Parkway in the northwest part of town.

The Austin office of Hines Interest Limited Partnership is the spearhead of the development of Wolf Lakes Retreat.

The unit mix includes 192 one-bedroom units, 126 two-bedroom units, and 18 three-bedroom units.

The Austin office of Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. will be the civil engineer and the surveyor published a sitemap which showed:

  • 12 buildings, with buildings 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8 having areas of 11,377 square feet each
  • Buildings 4 and 5: 7505 sq. Ft. Each
  • Buildings 6, 9 and 10: 13,991 sq. Ft. Each
  • Building 12 (club house / rental): 9,830 square feet
  • Dog park
  • Eight covered garages offering a total of 62 parking spaces
  • 345 open parking spaces
  • 59 parking spaces
  • 481 parking spaces in total
  • 84 bicycle spaces

Sitemap.

Buildings 1, 2 and 3 will each have 30 units; buildings 4 and 5 will each have 24 dwellings; buildings 6 and 9 will each have 36 dwellings; buildings 7, 8 and 10 will each have 30 units.

Exterior materials for the buildings will include stone veneer, poured stone, foam stucco, decorative wooden brackets and shutters, metal railings, metal canopies and tiled roofs.

Houston-based architects Meeks Partners and landscaper Robinson and company, also in Houston, with a geotechnical engineer based in Austin Terracon Consultants, Inc. complete the project team.

This was the fourth review of this request. The request had already been considered by the committee at its meetings on May 18, July 6 and August 17.

VBX Project ID: 2021-7F46


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The development of the Nelson Junction site is approaching

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Artist's impression of the development of Nelson Junction near Miter 10 Mega.

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Artist’s impression of the development of Nelson Junction near Miter 10 Mega.

Development of the Nelson Junction site begins with the progress of plans for a large-format shopping center.

Nelson Gibbons Company, owner of the Annesbrook site, is starting the first clearing and infrastructure work, company chief executive Scott Gibbons said.

Colliers International real estate agency is marketing the development of Quarantine Rd on the vacant land of Miter 10 Mega, seeking tenants for the first stage of the project.

In the first stage, opposite Miter 10 Mega, there will be 10,948 square meters of shops with up to 11 tenants.

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Colliers was looking for tenants such as furniture, appliance, housewares, plumbing, lighting, home furnishings and lifestyle retailers. The size of buildings or sites will vary from 500 m² to 2500 m².

Gibbons said development of the site will begin early next year after completion of stormwater and other service updates, as well as site preparation. There was a wide range of interested potential tenants, including some from outside the Nelson area, some who were already in the area but were looking for a different location, and some from the food industry, he said. declared.

The proposed Nelson Junction development for the site of the former Honda automobile plant near the current Miter10 Mega Store.

The proposed Nelson Junction development for the site of the former Honda automobile plant near the current Miter10 Mega Store.

It was hoped that the first stage of development would be completed in early 2023. Gibbons envisioned that it would eventually include a mix of light industry, retail and home improvement businesses.

The 8 hectare property, which once housed the Honda factory, was touted as a future shopping and shopping center before Miter 10 Mega opened in 2006. In 2019, Gibbons Property Investments purchased the remaining 4.5 hectares of vacant land.

“There has been a lot of non-activity on the site,” Gibbons said. “We take our time to prepare the plans well. “

The Nelson Junction Development Plan.

The Nelson Junction Development Plan.

Gibbons said the site was a central location that should be attractive to buyers in the Tasman and Nelson areas. He believed there was a good demand for a home improvement and lifestyle center near the town of Nelson.

“The road restrictions inside and outside the city make this site very attractive and it is truly a pivotal location for these types of services, with a profile like no other.

Miter 10 Mega and empty land ready for redevelopment.

Martin de Ruyter

Miter 10 Mega and empty land ready for redevelopment.

The second stage of the project would see development on the ground closer to Speight’s Ale House. The Gibbons site shows that a large retail / commercial format is offered for this site and is being offered.

Gibbons has over 230,700 m² of properties in its portfolio, housing 150 tenants. Its portfolio is diversified into three key sectors: bulk retail, industrial and commercial real estate.

Colliers Nelson broker Geoff Faulkner, who markets the Nelson Junction development with Colliers national retail manager Leroy Wolland, said he expected strong interest in the center due to the strength economy.

“Nelson is in booming city mode. We have almost zero retail vacancy on Main Street and the CBD, and nearby Richmond has almost zero vacancy on Main Street, ”Faulkner said.

Wolland said there is no comparable complex with vacant space in Nelson Market and Miter 10 Mega is a huge asset to potential tenants.

“It’s a perfect choice for furniture, appliances, housewares, home furnishings, tiles, flooring, paint, plumbing, kitchen showroom, lighting, automotive retail and, possibly, marine retail. “

Development of the Covington IRS site is back on track with the hiring of a project manager; the dog park is advancing, more

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By Ryan Clark
NKyTribune journalist

The development of the IRS site is back.

After stopping and starting – and en route replaced the Covington City Manager – on Tuesday evening, the commissioners approved the hiring of JS Held, LLC, for project management services to “implement the master plan strategic for Covington’s central waterfront, ”read in city documents. .

They refer to the management of the 23-acre IRS site.

“This is a very important first step that we are taking in the redevelopment of the IRS site,” Mayor Joseph U. Meyer said at the regular legislative committee meeting.

The deal will result in brownfield redevelopment in the Covington Central Riverfront area, under the direction of the city manager and the director of economic development, the mayor said. The goal is to develop it into usable land that could support a mix of potential uses.

City Manager Ken Smith said he could provide weekly updates on the project to the Commission, if they so wish.

Over the summer, the commissioners chose to stop and completely rethink how they wanted to use the site.

The city bought the site in March for $ 20.5 million, and since then Covington has struggled to manage the project. They first entered into several demolition and design contracts when former general manager David Johnston recommended certain options; the Commission decided not to follow these recommendations.

In June, Johnston and the town went their separate ways. Perhaps it wasn’t a surprise, then, that the city decided to officially start over.

“No project is more important,” said Mayor Meyer at the time. “We only have a bite of an apple to get it right.”

The city received three responses to its call for tenders for management services. The payment of the contract, which runs from November 1 to October 31 of the following year, is illustrated in the agreement as follows:

First year of the contract: $ 371,217
Second year of contract: $ 367,545
Third year of contract: to be determined
Fourth year of contract: to be determined
Fifth year of contract: to be determined

Thus, the contract, which will run in six phases, begins with an initial period of one year, with the possibility of four one-year renewals. The potential term of the contract should not exceed five years or $ 738,762.

Under the contract, JS Held, LLC, “will act as owner trustee and oversee all aspects of real estate development on behalf of the city.”

The project will include scope development, tendering and coordination with the city; the demolition and remediation of the 23-acre brownfield site; and site engineering and construction of new public rights-of-way with utilities, the contract says.

A general description of the services required includes:

• Project development for all phases
• Management of the project and program development of all phases from the start
Upon completion
• Facilitate and manage all required services, activities and communications
necessary for the completion of the project on behalf of the city
• Selection of engineers, consultants and contractors
• Management of the negotiation and creation of contracts
• Supervision and coordination of engineering and design processes and
• Manage all engineering, design and inspection services related to the
redevelopment project

Director of neighborhood services, other employees

Commissioners approved the hiring of Deputy Warden of Neighborhood Services Brandon Holmes as Warden effective October 27, and Keith Bales as Deputy Warden of Ward Services, effective November 8.

The commissioners also approved the appointment of Gregory Paeth to the Covington Motor Vehicle Parking Authority for a four-year term, effective October 27, 2021 and expiring October 26, 2025.

Stormwater maintenance supervisor hired

The commissioners also approved the hiring of Todd Redman for the stormwater maintenance supervisor position, effective October 18.

The role is budgeted from the rainwater operating budget.

Map of the dog park presented

Ben Oldiges, Director of Parks and Recreation, presented the Commission with a plan for the construction of the city’s first dog park.

“This is a really exciting new initiative,” he said. “We’ve made pretty good progress on this project.

Oldiges said the idea had been floating around the city for about a decade, and when he was hired as manager in 2020, he made it one of his top priorities to make it happen.

The project would be hosted in Kenney Shields Park and paid for with CDBG funds and a $ 10,000 grant from the Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors.

Oldiges said they chose to target the location because of its lighting, safety, neighborhood setting, shade and water source.

“It’s a pretty solid foundation for a dog park,” he said, noting that the goal is to develop several in the city.

He said they hope to pave the way for winter 2021 or spring 2022.

Executive session

The commissioners ended Tuesday’s meeting by meeting in executive session to “discuss pending litigation,” the mayor said.

He also said that they would not meet again and that no further action would be taken.

Next meeting (there is no meeting next week because it is election day)

The next regular meeting of the Covington Commission will be a caucus meeting at 6:00 pm on November 9 at the City Building at 20 W. Pike St. in Covington. Meetings can be followed live on Fioptics channel 815, Spectrum channel 203, the Northern Kentucky Telecommunications Council (TBNK) website, TBNK @TBNKonline Facebook page, and TBNK Roku channels.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surveys will add crucial data, Richardson added.

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

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

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

Fellows added event content with possibility of open result.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Griffindell subdivision site plan refused – clemmonscourier

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Clemmons Council Responds to Senate Proposal on Bill 105

By Jim Buice
For Clemmons courier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macomb Township Planning Commission reviews Pitchford Park site plan – Macomb Daily

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The Pitchford Park development in Macomb Township could reach a major milestone on August 3 at 6:30 p.m. when it is presented to the Macomb Township Planning Commission.

The Macomb Township Planning Commission meets in person at Macomb Town Hall, 54111 Broughton Road, Macomb Township. The August 3 meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

On April 14, the Macomb Township Board authorized Supervisor Frank Viviano to sign a real estate donation agreement and closing documents between the township and Kay Arrowhead LLC, representing donors Pamela Pitchford and her husband Joe “Kay” Kowalczyk.

Through the donation, the township has acquired over 14 acres for the park property, which is vacant. The donation agreement stated that the donor wanted the land to be used to create a township park and stipulated that the name Pitchford Park be prominently displayed at the entrance to the park. A plaque will also be prominently displayed in the park, acknowledging the dedication to the donor’s family members.

The land for the future Pitchford Park is located on Romeo Plank Road, between 22 Mile Road and 23 Mile Road. On April 19, Viviano said the property was valued at $675,000.

During discussions following an initial public hearing on the township’s draft budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year on May 26, Treasurer Leon Drolet said the township would fund the development of Pitchford Park using the sale of surplus properties from the canton.

On July 30, Viviano said the site plan for Pitchford Park included pickleball courts, a walking path, a dog park and other amenities.

“We’re trying to look at the whole project and make sure we’re doing it in a smart way that minimizes costs,” Viviano said, adding that the township is in the process of selling some inventory properties.

Although the township also has other properties designated for parks, working to develop Pitchford is the top priority, according to Viviano.

“All of our energies are on Pitchford Park. The township has had many plans over the years to do various projects, and for one reason or another they haven’t done it,” Viviano said, adding that the township is dedicated to focusing on Pitchford Park until until it is finished.

Viviano said if the planning commission approves the site plan, it could be discussed at a future board meeting.

“No board action is required at this stage until we approve the offers,” Viviano said.

Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Manager Salvatore DiCaro said that at present Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc. has only been contracted for the design phase of Pitchford Park.

“I will meet with full-time elected officials to determine who else would be involved with the future of the other parks,” DiCaro said.

As for when development of the park in Pitchford might begin, Viviano said that given the current construction climate and the difficulty in finding available contractors, it’s hard to be certain.

“The way construction is going in Southeast Michigan, it’s almost impossible to predict anymore,” Viviano said.

DiCaro said the township could potentially start work on Pitchford this year.

“We’re still hoping we can start by the end of the year, but it’s probably more realistic that we start next spring,” DiCaro said.

The township has also been working on plans for its current parks. On April 28, the Macomb Township Board of Directors approved a request for a contract to improve Waldenburg Park. This included replacing the bridge promenade and improving drainage along the middle branch of the Clinton River. The contract was awarded to LJ Construction for $344,655. The project was originally scheduled to start on June 1 and end on August 15.

“Due to July weather, we now expect to complete this project by the end of August,” DiCaro said.

The new bridge promenade was expected to have a life expectancy of over 20 years. Waldenburg Park is located on the north side of 21 Mile Road, east of Romeo Plank Road. It is a landscaped park of approximately 17 acres. Waldenburg Park opened in 2002 as the first developed park space in Macomb Township. Its amenities include a picnic pavilion, basketball court, walking path, restrooms, and a children’s playscape accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act. On July 30, Viviano said there had been repairs to the surface of the community playground and improvements around that surface, such as benches.

On July 30, Viviano said the township also took a closer look at Macomb Corners Park, located at 19449 25 Mile Road in Macomb Township. He said there are plans to potentially repurpose parts of the skate area. Any developments, improvements, or changes to existing parks will be determined in future meetings, according to DiCaro.

“I’m meeting with full-time, engineering and planning elected officials to figure out what we’ll do next,” DiCaro said. “It’s at the very beginning of the talks.”

Bee Cave Council Approves Preliminary Site Plan for The Backyard

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On July 13, Bee Cave City Council approved a preliminary site design for The Backyard mixed-use development. City staff will now work with developers to approve construction plans. (Courtesy of JPD Backyard Finance)

During a large Bee Cave City Council meeting, council members unanimously approved two actions on July 13 regarding two major and much-discussed multi-use development projects in the city: the village of Spanish Oaks and The Backyard.

First, council members approved the creation of a Public Improvement District, or PID, for the 80-acre development of The Village at Spanish Oaks. While several remaining steps are needed to formalize the PID, council approval allows the city and developers to issue bonds to raise funds for improvements within the PID, said Clint Garza, director of Bee Cave. City. And the bonds issued would be repaid through appraisals paid only by landowners living in the PID, which covers the same area as the village of Spanish Oaks.

“The council will vote at some point in the near future whether to issue debt,” he said.

Jack Creveling, senior vice president of real estate for the site’s developer, CCNG Inc., said during a presentation to the board that funds generated by PID would be used to purchase improved materials, such as stone pavers. brick and stone used in the construction of roads and walkways in the development of the village of Spanish Oaks.

Second, board members approved a preliminary platform for The Backyard, and in doing so, paved the way for City of Bee Cave staff to begin discussions with developer, JPD Backyard Finance LLC, on plans for specific construction and, finally, a final platform for the 35- one hectare site. Plans for the site include a 3,700-seat amphitheater, dance hall, stores and parking garages.

Notably, the council-approved preliminary platform includes the staking of a new segment of a planned central artery from Bee Cave known as the Willie Way. During the Backyard site design discussion, city staff told Bee Cave council members at the July 13 meeting that Travis County Emergency Services had released the name Wille Way to the use of the town of Bee Cave.

In April, the town of Bee Cave opened a segment of Willie Way to motorists that connects Bee Cave Parkway and Ladera Boulevard. At that time, city staff were concerned that the street name would need to change as Travis County said the name was already in use and could not be repeated due to possible confusion with city departments. 911 emergency.

“They [Travis County] I thought it was booked, but now they’ve released it to us, ”Garza said after the meeting. “That’s excellent news.”

As envisioned by civic and business members of the community, Willie Way would ultimately extend from Ladera Boulevard north to the highway. 71 south through The Backyard development. JPD Backyard Finance is currently negotiating with a neighboring landowner to establish such a connection, municipal staff told the council at the meeting.

In the preliminary flat board approved on June 13, Willie Way extends south of Bee Cave Parkway, through The Backyard development, and intersects with another proposed road tentatively named Live Oak Lane. This yet to be built road, which staff say may have its own naming issues, would connect to the western parts of the development where office buildings and a hotel are planned.

Bee Cave Arts Foundation

In other cases, the Town of Bee Cave has approved spending $ 50,000 in hotel occupancy tax revenue with the Bee Cave Arts Foundation. The approval came after a lengthy discussion among board members on how to approach an initial request for $ 140,000 from the foundation made by its representative, Deby Childress. The funds would be used for planning a second festival of lights, known as BuzzFest. The first BuzzFest took place in December 2020.

The decision to spend the tax funds with the foundation was only made after extensive discussions among the board members on how the foundation should go about raising funds to cover the estimated total cost of the Buzzfest and how demand impacts the city’s available hotel tax budget. $ 120,000 for the promotion of the arts.

During the foundation’s presentation, council learned that approximately 19,000 people attended BuzzFest over a three-day period in December 2020, and Mayor Kara King said the Hill Country Galleria and its tenants benefited from this pedestrian traffic. Thus, the Hill Country Galleria should help fund the next BuzzFest, which is tentatively scheduled for February 2022, she said.

“I feel like the Galleria has benefited greatly from what all of you have brought to the Galleria,” King told Childress. “They made record sales. I hesitate to devote our total budget to a single event. There might be other things we would like to have money for.

Ultimately, council voted to approve $ 50,000 with the understanding that the arts foundation would return to council at its August 10 meeting to further discuss the funding options available for the town of Bee Cave.

Council member Jon Cobb said it was important to support the foundation for the arts and BuzzFest so that it can become an event that can more easily attract private funding.

“For me, it’s the kind of thing that makes me think differently,” he said. “For me there was a really cool vibe. I’m excited and I think there is an opportunity for this to be huge.”

Georgetown: MOB proposed by the developer of Austin

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Illustration of the functionality: an artist rendering of the MOB proposed by Moman Design.

Posted: 07/13/2021

by Art Benavidez

Georgetown (Williamson County) –An Austin developer must resubmit a site development plan for a medical office building, after the Planning and Zoning Commission found it not to comply with the city’s unified development code.

The 1.93 acre property has already been cleared and is ready to be built, according to Google Street View.

The site is located at 1340 West University Avenue in the western part of town.

The working title of the project is Georgetown health professional, however, artist renderings of the building and elevation drawings of the building refer to it as River Chase Medical Office Building and Leeman Plastic Surgery.

Practice Real Estate Group owns the property and has brought in architects from Round Rock Mom design aboard the project team.

The Austin office of Engineers Pape-Dawson, who also served as surveyors, released the following specifications:

  • 54.27% (45,843 SF) waterproof cover
  • 17,000 square foot building, with an average building height of 31 feet
  • Proposed 3,474 sq. Ft. Pond
  • 25 foot building setback and footbridge buffer yard
  • 15-foot side building and parking lot and buffer yard
  • 10 foot landscaped buffer

The construction elements will be in natural stone, stucco, glazing, as well as a flat roof with full parapet.

This is the fifth review of this request. The item was considered by the committee at their meetings on October 21, 2020, December 15, 2020, January 19 and April 6.

VBX Project ID: 2021-5141


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Planning board approves site plan for 13-storey Canal District development in Worcester, near Polar Park

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WORCESTER – The Planning Council on Wednesday approved a site plan for a 13-storey mixed-use development in the Canal District.

Council and some residents had concerns about the size and scale of the proposed project, but overall members were happy with the approach to housing density and attention to detail in d other areas of design and architecture.

Gold Block Real Estate LLC seeks to demolish existing buildings – with demolition beginning earlier Wednesday – and build a 13-story, 380,580-square-foot mixed-use building, with 318 “residential units,” approximately 29,000 square feet of retail or restaurant space, and 152-space parking .

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Retail and office space on the building’s first two floors is expected to include a candle-lit bowling alley as well as “360 degrees” of retail and dining space around the development, the director of Gold Block, Thomas Keane, to the Planning Board.

The proposed development is along Green Street. It will essentially replace the block between Plymouth and Gold streets and will overlook Polar Park.

Stephen Rolle, deputy director of city development, said the car park includes six disabled parking spaces and four electric vehicle charging stations, with capacity to expand as demand increases.

Rolle said the development will include a large locked bicycle storage room for more than 100 bikes and replicate bicycle parking spaces along the streetscape. He said the building will incorporate green roofs to absorb stormwater runoff and will feature outdoor amenities on the third and 10th floors.

Rolle said access to the parking lot would be from Gold Street and the building would be set back from the street to allow for wider sidewalks.

Rolle said the proposed building is about 163 feet tall, which is similar to other downtown buildings in that zoning district. The Bancroft on Franklin Street, he pointed out, is about 140 feet tall.

The project’s architect, Joseph Stromer, said the main objective of the project was to meet the demand for housing in the area. He said the development creates a “real opportunity for live work” and strengthens the city’s urban core. He said it is conveniently located near bus routes and a short walk to Union Station. It is pedestrian and transit-oriented, Stromer said.

The developers submitted this rendering to the city.

Stromer said the idea for the design was to visually divide the large building into three smaller buildings to give pedestrians a sense that it fit into the scale of the neighborhood.

But a few residents who called, as well as a few council members, expressed concerns about the size.

Resident Nathan Sabo said his primary concern is that the 13-story building, along with other planned developments along the Green Street corridor, will effectively isolate Polar Park from the rest of the Canal District.

“It would hardly be visible,” Sabo said.

Sabo said he also had concerns about the construction and staging and its impact on the neighborhood, and said there was no outreach to residents about the project prior to Wednesday’s meeting.

In written evidence submitted to the Planning Board, Julie Dowen of the Worcester Heritage Society strongly opposed the site plan as presented. She wrote that while the former building at Sir Morgan’s Cove was not on the state’s official register of historic buildings, its heritage and significance in Worcester’s history should not and cannot be ignored.

“The WHS urges the Worcester Planning Board and the developers of this hugely expansive project to recognize its historic value, other than taking its name, ironically, and to find a significant role in the preservation of the building and its integration into the design, notwithstanding the fact that the design as it is out of step with the character of the neighborhood and would tower over all other structures on Green Street,” Dowen wrote.

Allen Fletcher, a Canal District resident and business owner, wrote to the board that while he liked the mixed-use approach, he thought the building was too big and thought there should be enough of parking spaces included to cover all units.

Council members said they understood the public’s concerns about the size and scale of the project, but council chairman Albert LaValley noted that in the zoning district where the proposed project is located, nothing limits the size or height of the building.

Members expressed satisfaction with the green roofs, bicycle parking and electric vehicle charging stations. Board member Ellie Gilmore said she was actually pleased to see a less than one-to-one ratio of parking spaces to people. She said she actually would have liked to see less vehicle parking.

“If we’re trying to create a dense, walkable neighborhood, having personal vehicles hurts that,” Gilmore said.

Gilmore said she was disappointed to hear residents report a lack of public engagement.

Board member Edward Moynihan made a commitment to the developers that the renders would not change significantly throughout the life of the project. Board member Paul DePalo said he thinks the scale of the project is big and should be the way the city should think about creating density in neighborhoods like the Canal District. He said he recognizes that any project can have negative consequences, but he thinks this proposal would be great for the city.

Four of the properties that are part of the new plan that was presented to the Planning Board on Wednesday were part of a deal that allowed the city to offload properties it had taken through eminent domain as part of the construction project from Polar Park. The properties at 85 Green St., 2 Plymouth St., 5 Gold St., and 7 Gold St. were ultimately not needed as part of the ballpark. The city, through the Worcester Redevelopment Authority, reached an agreement to sell the properties to Churchill James for $3 million – the amount the city paid.

According to the Secretary of State’s Corporate Database, Gold Block is managed by Harry DiLeo, Keane and Christopher Archambault. Keane and DiLeo also manage Churchill James.

The proceeds were allocated to an initial reserve fund to repay stadium project obligations.

Due to its proximity to the ballpark, the new project, if approved and constructed, will be included in the District Improvement Funding Area created to fund construction of the ballpark. The additional increase in tax revenue generated from private development in the neighborhood will be used to cover debt service on the bonds sold to fund construction of the 10,000-seat ballpark.

• The Planning Board also approved its first special permit for an independent adult marijuana testing lab on Wednesday.

The council on Wednesday approved the special permit for the facility at 41 Fremont St. and approved a parking plan across the street at 32 Delaware St. for Legacy Foundation Group. No marijuana will be sold or grown on site; it will serve as a test facility for other retailers to ensure quality control, Legacy’s Tye Thaden told the board.

Find out how they are changing the trucking industry forever

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NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / February 25, 2021 / People often have the aspiration to be their own boss and not be dependent on a desk job where their skills and effort may be undervalued, but people often fail to achieve this.

One person who did is Ivo Pereira, a 27-year-old first-generation immigrant from Brazil, who came to the United States with his parents in search of better opportunities. Although he graduated in the automotive industry and became a master technician at BMW, Ivo found no purpose in the business.

Ivo felt abused and underestimated and while still working as a BMW master technician, he started his snow removal truck business. This business ultimately made him more money than he earned from his job and that’s when Ivo decided to take the plunge and never look back.

“While I was still working as a technician, I started my own snow removal business which evolved into several trucks generating more money than I earned in my full-time job. That’s when I decided to jump in after being abused and undervalued at my previous job to deciding to do my own thing. I vowed to create a place where people were treated fairly, fairly and always had an opportunity to grow. “Ivo shares.

Ivo’s business has evolved into E Trucking Services, a transportation and site development company that he currently runs. In the past five years alone, the company has grown to over 35 employees and made over $ 15.5 million in revenue with multiple real estate, trucking and employee growth opportunities.

“While working for a large company and being one of their top performers, I felt misunderstood and underestimated. This is what led me to want to create a company that focuses only on its employees. Seeing how unreliable and inadequate the trucking industry is. was, I saw the opportunity to create massive impact and change by being able to build an honest and reliable trucking team. ”Ivo explains.

Indeed, Ivo’s company is one of the fastest growing dump truck teams in the United States. His goal and vision is to create something that makes the lives of construction contractors and excavators easier and more transparent.

“I also wanted to share my story and my journey with other people under certain circumstances and show them that anything in life is possible. We are all made for greatness and can conquer whatever we want to conquer, we just have to be. willing to sacrifice our time, surround ourselves with the right people and, no matter what, never give up. ” says Ivo.

In Ivo’s second year of activity, its competitors set out to bankrupt it as they were threatened by its rapid rise and market dominance. They attempted to derail the company by giving false information to Ivo’s customers. It ended up backfiring against the competition.

“What sets me and my company apart from our competition is that we are completely focused on our customers. We do everything in our power to give our customers 100% satisfaction. “We are always thinking about how we can simplify a process for our customers and make life easier for our employees on a daily basis. For example, we noticed a very inadequate and old trucking process of paper tickets making it impossible to follow up. accurate expense, resulting in a loss of a ton of money. We created a solution for that. We created and launched our own trucking app to be able to provide our clients with 100% accurate information for their projects and their work, ”says Ivo.

This year, E Trucking Services’ biggest project is precisely the deployment of their brand new electronic trucking tracking application. Their goal with the app was to make dump truck transport more transparent and simpler.

“We will be one of the first dump truck tracking apps that deliver turnkey operation for customers, drivers and owner-operators – transforming a paper industry with countless mistakes, dishonesty and thousands of dollars wasted in one simple, easy-to-use tool. use the app with live and current trucking information that anyone can see and use. ”Ivo explains.

This innovation, attention to detail and customer obsession is what sets Ivo and E Trucking Services apart from other companies. To be successful in this endeavor, it was important for Ivo to always be on guard.

“To start your own business, you need to immerse yourself among the leaders of the industry you want to be in. Keep working full time and during off-peak hours, create your game plan and start selling. ‘have enough work flow ahead and when your side work starts to exceed your normal 9 to 5 job, that’s when you’ll know it’s time to take the plunge. ” Ivo advises.

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Gateway region of Virginia is home to largest development of spec sites in Virginia

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PRINCE GEORGE, Virginia., February 18, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Hollingsworth Companies have pre-classified the site and are starting construction of a 650,250 square foot speculative building in the Southpoint Business Park located in Prince George County. It will be the 12the and the largest facility developed by The Hollingsworth Companies in Southpoint, which has provided the community with facilities supporting hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in investment.

With this new facility, Southpoint Business Park will have 1,600,000 square feet of industrial space suitable for high-growth manufacturing and distribution businesses located along I-295, just minutes from I-85 and I-95. The specification building will be a concrete tilting wall with 40 feet of headroom, 60 feet by 60 feet column spacing, 142 dock doors and 177 trailer drops.

Although there are “build to measure” projects in Virginia exceeding 1,000,000 square feet, it will be the largest speculative building on the market. Speculative buildings are developed to provide immediate occupancy and attract large site selection projects. Since the building will be completed with improvements, target customers can take possession in less than 60 days, compared to custom construction projects which can take up to two years for land acquisition, site work. and the construction of buildings.

“We are extremely excited to be building this new speculative development in the Southpoint Business Park. Buildings of this caliber will quickly attract industrial prospects and provide immediate support to the local and regional economy, thereby increasing prosperity, ”explains Keith boswell, President and CEO of that of Virginia Gateway Regional Economic Development Organization (VGR). “This latest 650,250 square foot Hollingsworth building in Prince George County will translate into a business that will create additional jobs and investment, an increased tax base, and drive the region’s prosperity, while giving us another tool to help us in our continued efforts to diversify our economy and to help anyone in the front door region who wants a job, can get one. “

“We appreciate that Hollingsworth has responded to the demand for industrial facilities necessary to expand our community now and on the horizon,” Boswell concluded.

Joe hollingsworth, CEO of The Hollingsworth Companies, said: “Despite the economic pressure from COVID-19, we are very optimistic about the Richmond metropolitan statistical area, and more specifically the region of the gateway and Prince George County markets. We have been successful in growing our business on the belief that American manufacturing will continue to thrive, and the Southeastern United States will lead this growth. He went on to say, “I want to thank the community for being willing to invest time, effort and money to become a true partner in the success of this park. I have no doubts that the next eight years will be the best economic times of our lives, ”Hollingsworth said.

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The Hollingsworth Companies is the largest non-urban industrial real estate developer and construction company in the Southeastern United States with 125 tenants and 18 million square feet of industrial space in 17 states. The Hollingsworth Companies has facilities located in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Tennessee and Virginia. For more information on Hollingsworth companies, contact Tom mann, Senior Vice President of Industrial Real Estate by phone or email.

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The development of the Oconomowoc Olympia Resort site requires the approval of the TIF district

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The Oconomowoc Joint Council took a step forward on Jan.5 by approving a project plan for the Olympia Fields tax supplemental funding district in a 6-0 vote.

Wangard Partners has proposed a mixed-use development that would include a medical office building, newly created commercial lots and commercial structures, and rehabilitated existing commercial real estate. The development, which will be on the site of the former Olympia Resort and its surroundings, will also include multi-family housing.

In November, council established the boundaries of Olympia Fields, which spans 65.7 acres, and declared the area a devastated district in need of blight elimination strategies. According to city documents, 88% of the plots need to be reinvested and rehabilitated.

The current estimated value of the property in the district is $ 14.35 million.

Bob Duffy, the city’s economic director, said land in the TIF District will be used for public right-of-way, as well as improving water quality for stormwater systems and existing pond.

In a note to the Joint Council and the Planning Commission, Duffy said that an 11.8-acre parcel of Edmund Baysari’s estate is critical to the project, as it serves as a gateway parcel for the entire development zone. Baysari died in September 2018 without a will.

“Based on the issues with an estate and difficulties communicating with landlord representatives, the city may need to pursue the acquisition of the parcel through eminent domain powers,” Duffy said.

Duffy said the estimated additional tax financing investment would be $ 18.7 million.

“Currently, Wangard has indicated his willingness to secure $ 64.5 million in additional new investment,” Duffy said. “The remaining land from the plot acquired by the city is expected to attract $ 13 million, for a total of $ 77.5 million in additional new investment. “

Duffy said the TIF District would be able to recoup the proposed expenses in 20 years.

During the meeting, Ald. Matt Rosek withdrew from the vote because his law firm had an independent business relationship with an entity of Wangard Partners. Ald. Karen Spiegelberg was absent from the meeting.

Over the two to three years it would take to build the project, 1,000 construction jobs would be created and around 550 permanent jobs would be created, between the office building and commercial spaces on the property, the president said. and Wangard COO, Matt Moroney. .

“There are a lot of people in the construction business just waiting to get back to work,” Ald said. John Zapfel. “People will be put to work to build this project.… If we can give the developer reassurance to move forward, we will do good things for the people in our community who are out of work.”

The issue of a TIF district is expected to be considered by the Joint Review Committee on January 20.

Contact Evan Frank at (262) 361-9138 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @Evanfrank_LCP.

Consortium announced for the development of the Glass Bottle site

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A consortium comprising developer Johnny Ronan, Ronan Group Real Estate, along with investment fund Oaktree Capital Management and its subsidiary Lioncor Developments Ltd, has won the contract to develop the former Glass Bottle site in Dublin 4.

The announcement, which represents the next stage in the development of the 37.2-acre Poolbeg West strategic development area, was made by the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA).

The new consortium will own 80% of Pembroke Ventures DAC, the company set up to develop the site, while NAMA will retain the remaining 20%.

Details of the amount the consortium is paying have not been disclosed, but it is understood to be in the region of €200m.

“This announcement marks the culmination of five years of intensive asset management aimed at obtaining the best financial return from this key site while facilitating its future development,” said Brendan McDonagh, NAMA’s Managing Director.

“We look forward to working with our consortium partners to unlock the potential of this excellent site.”

Up to 3,800 residential units and 1 m² of commercial space, as well as a school site and community and public open spaces are included in the plan.

25% of housing will be social and affordable.

“This is a strategic development for Dublin in the truest sense of the word,” said Rory Williams, Managing Director of Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE).

“Together with Oaktree, Lioncor and NAMA, we are proud to have been tasked with realizing the site’s full potential.”

“We are especially looking forward to delivering thousands of new homes, including nearly 900 social and affordable homes.”

NAMA said general planning and pre-development work is expected to begin immediately, with construction expected to start mid-next year.

RGRE was announced as the preferred bidder for the stake in July, alongside Colony Capital, but later changed partners to Oaktree.

Work begins for 200 million euros to develop the Opera site

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Site Security Officer Aoife Munnelly with LTT General Manager David Conway, Council General Manager Pat Daly and Mayor Michael Collins at the opera site as construction begins Monday morning. Photo: Sean Curtin.

LIMERICK’s biggest commercial real estate investment and the largest ever outside Dublin began on Monday at the Opera House in the city center.

Demolition and placement work has been initiated by John Sisk & Son Ltd on the 1.62 hectare site which will accommodate up to 3,000 employees on a 450,000 square foot campus.
The € 200 million program will take up to six years, with up to 500 people involved in construction at its peak.
Key elements of the project will include a 14-story office building; a five-storey aparthotel with commercial units on the ground floor and in the basement; an office building above the basement with retail units and a restaurant / cafe; a new library and a large public space.

The site is being developed by Limerick Twenty Thirty (LTT), a special purpose vehicle created by the City and County Council of Limerick in 2016 to boost economic and social development by building and promoting disused strategic sites in Limerick.
LTT has already completed the award-winning, fully leased Gardens International project on Henry Street, which was completed at a cost of 17.6 million euros.
Its portfolio also includes Troy Studios, Castletroy, which is fully completed and leased; the ten acre Cleeves Riverside project which is currently in the master planning stage; and the 60-acre Mungret Park residential site where a first phase of 200 units is planned for early next year.
The Opera site is fully funded by the European Investment Bank, the Council of Europe Development Bank and the Ministry of Housing.

The largest investment in a commercial real estate program in Limerick and the largest ever outside the capital began today at the site of the opera house estimated at 200 million euros. Pictured left to right: David Conway, CEO of Limerick Twenty Thirty, Pat Daly, CEO of Limerick City and County Council, Limerick City and County Mayor Michael Collins and Aoife Munnelly, Security Advisor, John Sisk & Son Ltd.
After completing planning in February 2020, the demolition and placement work program was launched today by contractor John Sisk & Son Ltd at the 1.62 hectare site which, when fully developed, will accommodate up to 3,000 employees on a 450,000 square foot campus. .
The site is being developed by Limerick Twenty Thirty DAC (LTT), a special purpose vehicle created by the City and County Council of Limerick in 2016 to boost economic and social development by building and promoting disused strategic sites in Limerick.
Photo: Sean Curtin True Media

Extensive site demolition and placement work will take up to 12 months, as will demolition of all 20th century buildings and subsequent additions, adaptive reuse of protected structures and other structures of heritage value.
Three major site developments will take place in addition to extensive rehabilitation and demolition work during the first three years of the program, including the new municipal library; aparthotel, shops and apartments and income building and attic developments.
Mayor Michael Collins said the development of the opera house would be crucial in helping Limerick out of its great economic challenges.

Minister of State responsible for the Bureau of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan, said the development would propel Limerick’s economy into a new era.
“This will accelerate the social progress of the city. It’s also going to have a very positive ripple effect for a long time and way beyond the city, but into the county and the region. I can’t wait for this impact to take hold, ”he added.

LTT chief executive David Conway said there would be very significant economic benefits and jobs for the region under the six-year construction program.
“We were commissioned to develop sites that would accelerate the ongoing transformation of the City of Limerick and today, as we begin construction, it’s a highlight of this journey. “
Limerick City and County Council General Manager Pat Daly said the opera site has been the most discussed development in Limerick in modern times, so they were thrilled, with Limerick Twenty Thirty , to get there.
“Limerick Twenty Thirty was designed to stimulate growth in Limerick and the opera site is the biggest project in the program and the timing couldn’t be better. Every city and region beyond the world is plagued by the economic fallout from Covid-19, but the Opera site will give us a real advantage in the recovery, ”he predicted.
Limerick Chamber general manager Dee Ryan described the start of work on the site as a huge boost for Limerick.
“It will be an invitation to IDE, to indigenous businesses to look at Limerick. Once they do, they will see a city that is very open for business, looking to the future, and a great place to work and live.
“Even as the world of work evolves there will always be a need for commercial office space and the beauty of Limerick’s offering is that we can deliver it to world class standards but at a very competitive price within a great city and region to work and live, ”she said.

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Transforming the city’s urban landscape

The development of the opera house will include a number of significant changes to the city’s streetscape.
The main components will be a 14-storey building at Bank Place comprising 13,264 square meters of office space.
A four to six storey building on basement, with 12,654 square meters of office space, 960 square meters of retail and 430 square meters of restaurant / cafe use on the ground floor
A five-story building at the corner of Patrick Street and Ellen Street comprising a 5,000 m² aparthotel, 13 apartments and over 1,000 m² of retail space on the ground floor and basement
A renovated four story basement building on Rutland Street offering 444 square meters of commercial ground and basement use, with three residential units above.
The renovation of 9 Ellen Street, formerly Quinn’s Bar, will offer a 1260 m² bar and restaurant.
The renovation and adaptation of the old town hall, including the construction of a six-storey extension above the basement, will provide a new 4,515 square meter public library; 2,981 m² of offices as well as 196 m² and 445 m² of café / restaurant in the basement.
The Bruce House door will be moved to the internal gable at 8 Rutland Street in the atrium of the new library building, while the Buyilding attic on Michael Street will undergo extensive renovations.
Underground parking on Place de l’Opéra will also include car charging stations, secure bicycle parking spaces, as well as showers and changing rooms with additional secure bicycle parking spaces at ground level. .

Lunds & Byerlys announces plan for new store development on Ford site

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Lunds & Byerlys has announced that it will be an anchor store in the major new real estate development at the former Ford site in the St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood.

The Twin Cities grocery chain has announced plans to open a 51,000-square-foot store in the 122-acre Highland Bridge development in 2022, signing a lease with developer Ryan Companies for a place in a residential building. mixed-use housing which will also house 230 apartments. .

It will eventually replace Lunds & Byerlys’ current store located nearby at 2128 Ford Parkway, which will remain open until the new store is completed.

The new store will be 20% larger than the existing store, a press release issued on behalf of Ryan Companies, developer of L&B and Highland Bridge, said on Tuesday.

It is the first major retailer to be announced for the long-running planned development project, which will eventually see the creation of 3,800 housing units, 265,000 square feet of office space and 150,000 square feet of retail space. retail in West St. Paul.

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“It is with immense pride that we have served the Highland Park community for over 37 years, and we are delighted to open a new store within a block that will create an enhanced shopping experience for our customers. customers, ”said Tres Lund, CEO of Lunds & Byerlys.

“This new store will be almost 20% larger than our current store, so that we can meet the needs of today’s customers and the many future customers we will serve as the community continues to grow.”

“Lunds & Byerlys is the perfect retail foothold in Highland Bridge,” said Maureen Michalski, vice president of development at Ryan Companies. “Grocery shopping is a critical part of a neighborhood’s success, and no one can match Lund’s passion for quality and his long-term commitment to the Highland Park neighborhood. “

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After 20 years, even more waiting to see the last development plan of the Le Cornu site

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The public may be forced to wait until May to see Adelaide City Council’s plan for the former Le Cornu site in northern Adelaide.

Councilors and staff met behind closed doors last night to receive an update from their chosen developer for the 88 O’Connell Street site, which has been vacant for more than 20 years.

The board is currently in a non-binding agreement with the developer – believed to be Adelaide-based Commercial and General – and the two parties have signed a nondisclosure agreement that prevents information from being released to the public.

Ahead of last night’s discussion, the board’s associate director of property, Tom McCready, said confidentiality was required because elected members would be presented with “important information” relating to intellectual property.

He said the last date the council could release the plans to the public would be May 23, but the council “intends to wrap things up much sooner than that.”

“This date is linked to a commitment by the state government,” he said.

“It depends on what state government information the elected members are aware of. “

The council agreed to buy the old Le Cornu site for $ 34 million in 2017 after 20 years of vacancy.

The sale, which Daily revealed was up to $ 14 million above the professionally appraised value of the site, was helped by a state government grant of $ 10 million.

A spokesman for Planning Minister Stephan Knoll said there was “nothing to stop the Council from making its plans public unless it has an agreement with the developer not to. To do”.

The spokesperson said that when the state government signed its funding agreement, it asked city council to meet certain criteria before May 23 to receive the $ 10 million funding.

“They have to meet these requirements by May 23, which they are supposed to be on track to do.”

McCready clarified to Daily in a press release this afternoon: “The state government’s financial commitment to the redevelopment of 88 O’Connell Street has a requirement (under the funding agreement) to progress with a development agreement executed.”

“Council is confident to meet the requirements of the funding agreement and to advance this exciting opportunity to revitalize such an important entry site in the city,” he said.

Regional Councilor Anne Moran and North Ward Councilor Phil Martin objected to holding the council meeting behind closed doors last night, saying the discussion was in the public interest.

They also criticized the planned public release date of the plan as “too late”.

“We decided this a long time ago and it’s really embarrassing not being able to say anything to the people who actually own the land and are paying for the development,” Moran said.

“We’re not talking about spies or spyware or anything like that.

“We’re talking about state-owned land, we’re talking to the lucky developer who got our green light – or majority.

“What are they going to tell us that Joe Blow’s taxpayer doesn’t deserve to hear? “

Advisors Phil Martin and Anne Moran. Photo: Tony Lewis / InDaily

Martin added that there was “enough speculation in the media” about the developer chosen by the board to warrant open discussion.

But the head of board governance, Rudi Deco, said the information published in the media was “totally irrelevant.”

“You can come to discuss everything in public, but there will be consequences for that and these consequences will ultimately be unfavorable to the community which will be really affected in the pocket, which is taxpayers’ money,” he said. he declares.

The advertiser reported in November that the board had chosen Commercial and General as its preferred developer following a global expression of interest process, but the board declined to confirm the report.

At last night’s meeting, board growth director Ian Hill denied that board staff had disclosed the developer’s name to the media.

“It’s a small town (and) obviously speculation is speculation, but from our point of view we have not disclosed any information about the promoters of this project and have no intention of doing so. until we come to a development agreement, “he said.

Daily later spotted what were supposed to be sales and general staff entering Town Hall ahead of last night’s confidential session.

Furniture retailer Le Cornu owned the O’Connell Street block for 134 years before it was sold in 1989.

Real estate mogul Con Makris last offered to develop a $ 200 million apartment, retail and hotel complex on the site in 2014, but that proposal – like many before it – fell through. .

Last year, SA Best MLC Frank Pangallo asked the state government to buy the Le Cornu site from city council to speed up what he described as a long development process.

The council plans to begin construction on the site next year.

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Council Approves Bluegrass Apartments Site Development Plan – Shelby County Reporter

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By EMILY SPARACINO / Editor-in-chief

MONTEVALLO – A real estate developer got the approval he needed from Montevallo City Council on February 10 to begin construction of a new apartment complex on a property at the southwest corner of Overland Road and Shoshone Drive.

Following a public hearing, council approved by 4 votes to 2 the site development plan of developer Paul Widman for Bluegrass Apartments, a 46-unit multi-family complex.

In November, council approved Widman’s request, on behalf of owner Brenda Zigarelli, for a special district modified for the property in November.

The Planning and Zoning Board reviewed and recommended approval of the site’s development plan in January, according to Shelby County Development Services Department Sharman Brooks. With a building permit in place, city council approval was required for construction to begin.

Brooks said the plan meets all the requirements of the city’s zoning ordinance and has the approval of the city’s engineer.

As for density, the three-16-unit construction plan will bring the development to its maximum capacity, Brooks said.

Councilors Rusty Nix and Arthur Herbert voted against the site’s development plan.

Herbert said the potential impact of the development on nearby property values ​​was his main concern.

The Bluegrass development since last year has been the subject of numerous comments and questions from residents, many of whom have voiced concerns about property values, increased traffic and drainage issues. water in the area.

Widman said the idea that the complex would cause nearby property values ​​to decrease was “extremely subjective.”

Council did not approve an application by Chris Reebals, on behalf of property owner Montevallo Cottages LLC, to change the zoning district from Special District R-2 to Special District R-4 for the construction of a multi-family housing community. off Alabama 25 near Shelby County 19 (Enon Road).

The proposed community would include units designed for “rent” townhouses.

Brooks said the Planning and Zoning Board reviewed the request and recommended that it not be approved due to the increase in density inconsistent with the surrounding area and the overall plan.

The Montevallo Cottages affair died for lack of motion.

The council considered but did not act on a request from Ammersee Lakes developer Tom Bagley to split the cost of repaving roads in the first and second sector of the subdivision this year to allow construction of the third sector. .

Caspar hosts public forum on plant site development plans – Fort Bragg Advocate-News

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A public forum on the future of the Fort Bragg factory site hosted by the Mendocino Institute and the Fort Bragg factory site symposium committee drew a full house at the Caspar Community Center on June 21.

Guest speaker Ignacio Chapela, associate professor at UC Berkeley and researcher in microbial biology and mycology, was invited to incorporate the challenges of the plant site into his science presentation. Mendocino TV recorded the event for a replay.

Michelle Blackwell – Correspondent George Reinhardt comments on the presentation to the public forum on the development plans for the plant site.

Cal Winslow, President of the Mendocino Institute, opened the event with a brief introduction. He was concerned that Koch Industries, which bought Georgia-Pacific in 2005, would sell the property piece by piece and abandon the plant site without the cleanup being completed. Winslow has said he would like the 400-acre headlands to be treated as common property, where people come first rather than developers and real estate interests.

Jim Tarbell, vice president of the Mendocino Transit Authority and longtime active member of the community, provided an update on the Skunk Train and Harvest Market plot purchases as well as the Town of Fort Bragg amendment. at the Local Coastal Plan to rezone the property from industrial use to other uses.

Michelle Blackwell – Correspondent Guest speaker Ignacio Chapela listens to questions and comments after his presentation at the plant site development plan public forum on June 21 at the Caspar Community Center.

Chapela expressed his hope that as a foreigner he could facilitate issues that might be difficult locally. Chapela described the mill site problem as a “nasty problem”. A “nasty problem,” according to Chapela, is something not everyone can agree on.

He then gave a seven-part presentation on its application and study of science, the monetization of the environment, and the interconnectivity of humans with the flora and fauna that share it.

Chapela’s presentation touched on the needs of the environment, the barriers that prevent people from overcoming them and the ability of people to break free from these barriers.

“Here and now, plan for a cleared headland and you won’t make any compromises,” Chapela said, adding, “Life isn’t going to end anytime soon. As the multiplicity of life forms dwindle, it isn’t. that every form of life is necessary, but it is desired.This is not a world that can function or survive, but a world that we desire.

“I can live in a world without trees,” he said, “but I don’t want to. “

For more information about the Mendocino Institute, visit mendocinoinstitute.org. To review the presentation, visit mendocinotv.com/2019/06/14/public-forum-on-the-future-of-the-fort-bragg-mill-site/.

Southeastern North Carolina Gets Employment Sector Grant, Site Analysis

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Southeastern North Carolina, an 18-county regional economic development group, has received approval for federal funding to review industrial sectors and industrial real estate in its territory, according to a recent announcement.

The organization, which includes the Wilmington area, has received approval for a $ 148,000 grant from the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), officials said in a press release.

Southeastern North Carolina will contribute 20% to the tune of $ 37,000 of the total project cost of $ 185,000.

The EDA grant project, called Southeast Regional Industrial Sector Analysis, has four components: an industrial sector analysis; an industrial site analysis; an incubator development strategy; and efforts to refine the group’s regional marketing and revamp the Southeast North Carolina website, last updated in 2011.

Southeastern North Carolina plans to launch the project on September 1, Southeast North Carolina President Steve Yost said this week. It is expected to be completed in September 2020.

Part of the overall industrial sector assessment of the organization’s 18 counties could include a component focused on the micro-region of Wilmington, which includes New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick and Columbus counties.

Columbus County was recently included in the organization’s strategic marketing plan for the micro-region of Wilmington, released earlier this year.

“Throughout the history of this organization, the Greater Wilmington region has always been an essential part of the South East region… It is one of our urban engine areas; the other urban engine being the Grand Fayetteville, ”said Yost.

The study will provide a more comprehensive overview of the business and industry sectors in the 18-county territory, Yost said.

“Health care is probably the most important [employment sectors] in southeastern North Carolina now, which it wasn’t 10 years ago, ”Yost said. “So that [study] will look at all the dynamics and trends that are happening across all industries, including those we are now targeting for marketing. “

The study’s findings will help the organization adjust, if necessary, any marketing targets for the entire 18-county region, or parts of the region, he added.

Southeastern North Carolina, which was founded in 1994 and is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, launched its first industry cluster strategy in 1999 and last updated those plans in 2006.

Since its inception, the organization has helped generate more than $ 2.1 billion in announced capital investments, as well as more than 14,000 new jobs announced, and has helped recruit 148 companies, the statement said.

Since the last pooled analysis in 2006, the focus of the group has increased from 11 to 18 counties. Yost said that was also before the group started looking at micro-regions.

“Updates are particularly important at this time because of the dramatic changes that have been made to the region’s footprint in recent years,” said Joe Melvin, business development manager for Southeast North Carolina , in the press release.

His entire region has seen growth in the number of residents and employers, as well as new additions to regional assets and infrastructure, officials said.

“With the modern economy being what it is, we need to make sure that we base all of our assumptions on the most accurate, up-to-date and relevant information available,” Melvin added in the statement.

In addition to focusing on industrial sector analysis, Yost said, plans are to hire a site selection consultant to help review the region’s industrial real estate inventory to identify strengths, gaps and the needs of sites and properties.

Another element of the four-part project is to bring together policies and best practices for an incubator development strategy to support the employment growth of small businesses and startups.

“We are grateful that the US Department of Commerce agrees that successful regional economic development begins with a thorough assessment of strengths and opportunities,” Yost said in the statement.

The assessment is to incorporate the latest data into a “credible framework” on how the region’s economy fits into domestic and global trade trends, officials added in the statement.

“We look forward to involving our county, state, academic and private partners in this important effort, which will inform the region’s recruiting strategies for the next five to ten years,” said Yost.

The development of the Ford site: high-end houses have a place and a role

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Some St. Paul residents, grieved by the affordable housing shortage, have expressed concern over plans by site developer Ford to allocate sites along the cliffs of the Mississippi River for upscale single-family residences (“planners of St. Paul Reject Single Family Homes in Project Ford, ”March 9,“ Ryan’s Plan for Ford Site Moves 6 to 1 by St. Paul Council, ”April 11).

But 10 percent of the 3,800 housing units offered for the Ford site must be reserved for households at 80 percent or less of the region’s median income, with 10 percent for households at 30 percent or less of the median income in the area. the region. The city had approved a tax increase financial grant to include low-cost housing in the overall plan.

But there is another aspect of the bluff site plans that aligns with both the developer’s financial outlook as well as the city’s tax agenda. In any given year, Saint Paul’s property tax collections represent approximately 35 percent of the city’s general revenue. Much of the city’s real estate is owned by the state or by non-profit organizations (colleges, churches, etc.). These properties do not pay property taxes but still require services. The city’s other income comes from royalties, fines, sales, etc., but the share of property tax in the city’s budget is under constant pressure.

Minneapolis receives about 41 percent of the property taxes paid by residential and commercial-industrial property in the city. The rest goes to the county, school district, and special districts (e.g., metropolitan council, mosquito control district, etc.).

Because Minnesota law limits how cities can generate income, they must plan for and protect certain land uses that generate more tax revenue than costs to provide municipal services to affected properties. The difference is used to subsidize neighborhoods that require more services than they can afford.

Minneapolis and St. Paul are unusual among industrial cities in 19th-century Northeastern America for their relative abundance of desirable residential neighborhoods within city limits. These neighborhoods have attracted and retained middle and upper-middle class households who have sufficient financial means to settle in the suburbs if they so wish. This has happened regularly in most cities in the North East, which face serious fiscal headaches.

In addition, cities like St. Paul and Minneapolis that have supported and preserved prosperous neighborhoods have simultaneously retained commercial and office activities that serve those neighborhoods. When purchasing power goes away, neighboring businesses fall back or move.

In Minneapolis, there are hundreds of upscale homes in the city’s Chain of Lakes neighborhood, along Minnehaha Parkway, near Lake Nokomis and Lake Hiawatha, and along West River Road, homes that have been well maintained and reinvested over the years to make them even more attractive today than they were a century ago, with market values ​​to match. The same is true in St. Paul, along East River Road, Summit Avenue, Crocus Hill and Linwood, Merriam Park, some of Ramsey Hill, Mac-Groveland and Highland Park.

Between 2010 and 2017, the population of Minneapolis increased by 10% and that of Saint-Paul by almost 8%. These cities must be doing something right.

I live in southwest Minneapolis, south of Lake Harriet. Near my house is a block bounded on the west by Thomas Avenue, on the north by W. Lake Harriet Parkway, on the east by Sheridan Avenue, and on the south by W. 49th St. This block contains 27 single family homes with a combined current assessed value (market) of $ 26,763,500 and total taxes due in 2019 of $ 442,463, or an average of $ 16,875 per home.

In contrast, a somewhat typical block in a low-income residential neighborhood in northern Minneapolis, bounded by Logan Avenue, 16th Avenue N., Morgan Avenue N., and 15th Avenue N. contains 15 homes. A house, owned by the Minneapolis Housing Authority, is exempt from property tax. The 14 homes for which the appraiser’s market value and tax liability data are available have a combined value of $ 1,875,600 and property taxes due in 2019 of $ 28,265, or $ 2,019 per home.

Most of my neighbors can afford to move elsewhere if they wish. But they stay where they are and continue to pay high taxes. The rest of the city benefits.

Bottom Line: A few high end homes along the river cliff at the west end of the Ford site would likely yield a positive bottom line for the town of St. Paul.

John S. Adams is Professor Emeritus of Geography, Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Next steps in the development of the Expo site: signing the contract, speeding up the entry process

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The next big steps for the team that was selected last week by the University of Massachusetts to lead the redevelopment of the former Bayside Expo grounds on Columbia Point in Dorchester: Negotiate and sign a final lease and expedite a “Strong stakeholder and community contribution process” to showcase future uses of the highly valued waterfront property.

The UMass board of directors and the UMass Building Authority voted unanimously last Thursday to approve the recommendation of an Accordia Partners research team, led by Boston real estate executives and financiers, Richard Galvin and Kirk Sykes, as the developer of a deal that could bring the university up to $ 235 million over time, according to people familiar with the financial data.

The nomination came after an 18-month bidding process that reduced the number of interested developers to a pool of six and then two finalists.

Sources familiar with the process say the Galvin-Sykes deal was chosen because it offered the strongest financial plan to pay for a 99-year land lease. The group also brings to the table a diverse group of investors and includes the option for UMass Boston to elect to lease a portion of the 20-acre site for its own future use. Their initial offering also includes $ 25 million in “infrastructure commitments,” which the development team says is a first step towards creating a public-private money pool to target various congestion points and transit centers near the point.

There is not yet a concrete redevelopment plan in place at this point in the process. The Galvin-Sykes team will lead community engagement in a planning process that will likely begin this year. Officials who briefed the reporter on the contents of their winning proposal last week said it would include a mix of uses, including housing, office or labs, retail and dining options, and the possibility for UMass to use part of the site.

UMass acquired the former Bayside Expo Center in 2010 for $ 18.7 million after its former owners confiscated the site in a foreclosure during the 2008-09 recession. Since then, the university has mainly used the waterfront land for parking at its Dorchester campus. The property was briefly included in Boston’s 2024 failed bid to bring the Summer Olympics to the city. When that offer was dropped, Robert Kraft’s sports group entered closed-door talks with UMass to lease the site and build a professional football stadium at the site. This plan was scuttled amid the negative reluctance of elected officials and scorers.

The first indications of the main lines of this new agreement with the partners of Galvin-Sykes are that UMass will make much more money in this transaction, while reserving the right to use part of the Bayside plot for its own. future use.

Galvin is the founder, CEO and president of CV Properties, LLC, which has “developed and acquired over 4.5 million square feet of office and residential projects valued at $ 2.5 billion,” according to the website of his company. Recent projects in Boston include the D Street hotels next to the Massachusetts Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston; and 451 D Street, a nine-story office building in South Boston.

Sykes is senior vice president of New Boston Real Estate Investment Funds. Former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, he is chairman of Urban Strategy American Fund, LP, specializing in “the creation of mixed-use urban developments.”

State Senator Nick Collins, who had urged UMass officials to seek a wide range of proposals from the wider development community in 2017, said last week that he was pleased with the new direction and developer choice.

“Today marks the next step in a process that the community, elected officials and officials of UMass have worked hard to initiate,” said Collins. “The open bidding process for Bayside has resulted in great teams competing for a chance to partner with UMass to create something special on Dorchester Bay. “

Robert Griffin, co-head of US capital markets for Newmark Knight Frank, the commercial real estate company hired by the UMass Building Authority to find a suitable private partner for Bayside, said there was a strong appeal for the site.

“We had a lot of people interested,” he told The Reporter. “Most markets saw this as some sort of next type of seaport, given the proximity to the Red Line, eight minutes from Kendall Square, a market with no vacancies right now in laboratories and offices in Cambridge – and Longwood Medical Center. region, same thing.

Griffin added, “At the end of the day we had six very serious contenders and we brought it down to two. Most people were focusing on something that would bring credit to the neighborhood, to the school, to the community, hoping to have a plan that would attract the kind of talent that would provide jobs to the area. Jobs for students at UMass, internships and maybe something that would synergize with the programs there, be it the wonderful nursing school they have or something in the life sciences, because there are so many of these kinds of requirements right now. “

Some ‘head office’ type companies have been reviewing the site, Griffin said, many with lab and tech space in mind, but Bayside’s mixed use potential has peaked.

Michael Byrne, executive general manager of Newmark’s Knight Frank office in Boston, said the UMass Boston campus is a priority for soliciting community feedback.

“In the third round, we actually had the chancellor [Katherine] Newman provides his vision as a sort of mission statement for developers to help guide their work and refine their pricing, ”he said. “So throughout the process, the needs of the campus were brought to the fore and the ability to relate to them.”

UMass spokesman Jeff Cournoyer said that “the process of visualizing exactly what the mix will be” on the site is yet to come. “

The advisory group, led by UMass Building Authority chairman Victor Woolridge, a seasoned real estate executive, worked with Newmark to select the developer. In doing so, they looped through every local elected official and met with both the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association and the John W. McCormack Civic Association throughout the process, Cournoyer said. Columbia Point’s existing master plan was also considered in the selection.
“It will really be up to the developer to work through a complete and robust community process from a design perspective,” Byrne said. “From a campus engagement perspective, we can definitely talk about campus rights in the future…. Simply put, the campus will retain as many rights as possible over future opportunities to develop on its own – for housing or for other academic needs in the future.

Details were slim last week, but the team said the terms were for a 99-year ground lease for the Bayside site. on campus and at university from a financial standpoint, ”Cournoyer said. “There were other elements taken into consideration, of course: the feasibility of making this project happen, the commitment to this stakeholder process and the community contribution process that we discussed, the diversity and hiring practices and vendors and suppliers, etc. “

Infrastructure commitments also played an important role. The winning group “went out of their way to make a specific infrastructure commitment,” he said. “We all know it takes real money spending to help solve some of these connectivity issues between the hotline and campus, whether it’s a new gateway or rather and [Kosziusko] Circle too.

City Councilor Frank Baker, whose district includes the Columbia Point campus, was thrilled by the news. “This could potentially unblock the transportation issues we’ve had for years, while also putting UMass on a solid financial footing to plan for the future of the campus,” he told The Reporter. “For me that’s one of the big things. The campus will be great, we will be able to walk there, our children will have access to vocational training and internships, but transportation is important.

Also heard on campus last week: Voices were raised against the Bayside deal.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Staff Faculty Union at UMass Boston expressed disapproval, citing concerns about the rise in parking fees and last year’s UMass Amherst maneuver to buy Mount Ida College in Newton. , which many on the Boston campus see as undermining the Dorchester campus.

“The Mount Ida deal was done behind closed doors, and we see a similar lack of transparency with the plans for the Bayside lot,” said Marlene Kim, president of the Staff Faculty Union. “Students, staff and faculty have had no influence on major decisions affecting our campus. “

It is still unclear exactly what type of public review process will accompany the redevelopment project. Since the university owns the site, it will likely remain exempt from the typical large-project review run by the city’s Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA).

In an interview with The Reporter last year, BPDA director Brian Golden expressed confidence that UMass and its development partner will include the city in their efforts to plan what he called a “mammoth” plot. with “enormous potential”.

Bethesda Neighbors Appeal Judge ruling in case challenging WMAL site development plan

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VIA MONTGOMERY COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT

Groups of Bethesda citizens are heading to a state appeals court with a lawsuit challenging approval of a 309-home development on an expanse of open land in north Bethesda.

In a June ruling, a Montgomery County judge upheld the planning council’s decision to approve a preliminary plan for the Toll Brothers project. Now, the Maryland Special Court of Appeal will consider whether the planning board wrongly granted the developer’s request to cut down some large trees and clear 5.6 acres of forest.

Toll Brothers has proposed to build 159 single-family homes and 150 townhouses on the approximately 75-acre property east of Greentree Road and just north of Beltway. For more than 50 years the site has been empty except for a set of WMAL radio transmission towers, but it has long been slated for future development, Circuit Court Judge Gary wrote in his opinion. E. Bair.

The development plans have raised various concerns among surrounding residents, who are shocked by the loss of forest and the prospect of increased traffic congestion.

Doug Bonner, vice president of the Bradley Boulevard Citizens Association, said he and his neighbors were particularly concerned about the addition of cars on Fernwood Road, which is already slipping back during rush hour.

“We are not at all opposed to the development of this property. I think we have recognized that development can and must happen. We are simply opposed to this particular plan and the number of houses being considered for this development, ”he said.

Many also want Toll Brothers to provide more recreational space in the project.

They opposed the planning council’s decision to excuse Toll Brothers of meeting the county’s forest conservation standard, allowing them to preserve 10.75 acres instead of the 15.16 required by law. Much to their dismay, Toll Brothers also obtained permission to remove 34 “specimen trees,” mature trees that would otherwise be protected by county law.

The proponent argued that he could not meet forest conservation standards as he had to build major road links that passed through stands of trees. Noise abatement structures and wetland protection will claim space on the WMAL property, and Toll Brothers is also dedicating 4.3 acres to the county for a potential school site, leaving less for the development project.

In light of these challenges, the planning board excused the developer from meeting all of the forest conservation requirements and Bair upheld the decision.

“The petitioners ask the Court to reassess the evidence and come to a different conclusion from that of the Council, which is simply not the role of the Court in appealing a decision of an administrative body,” said he wrote.

Michele Rosenfeld, who represents the Bradley Boulevard Citizens Association, West Fernwood Citizens Association, Wyngate Citizens Association and individuals challenging the WMAL plan, said it will likely be months before the appeals court hears the arguments in the case.

Community groups filed a court challenge last year after the Montgomery County Planning Council approved Toll Brothers’ preliminary plan on August 3, 2017.

The call was first reported in the Montgomery Newsletter, a real estate newsletter accessible only by subscription.

The development plan for the Central Bank site is launched

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Real estate companies Hines and the Peterson Group have been granted a building permit for the Central Plaza project in the heart of Dublin city center.

Hines issued a joint statement on Wednesday welcoming An Bord Pleanála’s decision regarding the former central bank’s site on Dame Street.

Hines senior managing director Brian Moran said the company was “delighted” that the project was given the green light.

“With the building permit now granted, this means that this exciting downtown project will accommodate more than 1,300 office workers,” he said.

The project will also create more than 300 new full and part-time retail and hospitality jobs in the five buildings that make up the Central Plaza complex.

As part of the “sensible restoration” of the building’s interior which is “already well underway,” the former Central Bank headquarters will offer 73,100 square feet of commercial office space over eight floors.

The facility will also include open-plan and breakout meeting spaces to create a “modern environment that will be a highly desirable place to work.”

Impression of the Central Plaza, formerly the Central Bank building

The entrance hall of the 6m high building will be accessed via a grand staircase accessible from the square to a 15m wide glazed facade with double height revolving doors.

“When completed, Central Plaza is expected to become one of the most vibrant and vibrant areas in the city center with the creation of 33,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and cafes at street and basement level.” , Hines said.

New streetscape

The existing plaza is also being enlarged to create a ‘dynamic new streetscape’ towards College Green and along Fownes Street and Cope Street, creating a link between Grafton Street, College Green, Trinity College and Temple Bar.

“Central Plaza is part of a comprehensive master plan that includes the adjacent properties 6-8 College Green, 9 College Green, as well as the Dame Street ancillary and commercial buildings,” the company said.

The 12,500 square foot office component at 6-8 College Green was pre-let to Amtrust Financial last year, which will begin occupying the space in the third quarter of this year.

The 10,000 square foot ground floor business unit in 6-8 will also be completed during this period, and the scaffolding on this building will be removed in the coming weeks.

Hines hired BNP Paribas as a rental agent for the commercial and hotel offer for Central Plaza. It said it was “attracting significant interest” from major international and domestic retailers as well as food and beverage operators.

Data center construction: site development, permits and zoning

By Site development

Shawn Mills is a tech entrepreneur, founding member and president of Green House Data. You can find him on Twitter at @tshawnmills.

SHAWN MILLS
Greenhouse data

This series of articles follows the process of developing a new data center, focusing on how small operators can build energy-efficient facilities without the resources of large companies. Previous entries have included planning for expansion, selecting a site, finding incentives and deciding if a real estate and / or design partner is right for you and designing your new facility.

Once the design wheels are spinning, it’s time to work with state and local governments on site development, permits, and zoning. A lot of people are moaning about the politics involved, but it can actually be a rewarding chance to engage your community and also improve business relationships.

Check under each stone for incentives

After selecting a site, you should contact the local government to see if there are any additional development incentives. In the case of Green House Data, it has been very enjoyable to work with the Cheyenne Town Building and Development Office. We’ve all heard stories about the permit process and jumping through hoops to get there. In the Compass Data Center building series here on Data Center Knowledge, meetings seem woefully boring. They certainly can be. Mr. Curtis also makes an important point when he describes the process as not being decided on technical merits, but on a subjective basis. The technical aspects of the building are definitely discussed, but often this process is as much about forging relationships as it is about tackling the nuts and bolts.

Choosing a location with “incentive” data centers can work your way again here. These estates want your business and they will do whatever they can to partner up. To start with, Cheyenne’s economic development entities like Cheyenne LEADS and the Wyoming Business Council helped us acquire the land at a very competitive price. Because we’re aligned with our business goals (we want a new facility, they want more jobs and industries), local managers can actually help everything go easier when they are working, even though the State and city allow it. This strong working relationship has helped us overcome schedule challenges and has been invaluable in helping us sort through documentation, ensure meetings are productive, and keep track of many details of this great project.

Stay on top of the planning

Whether you have a sympathetic or indifferent local government, you should always be prepared to tackle lengthy documents and meetings. Missing deadlines can cost you weeks because everything is on a schedule. Each municipality will have different processes, but there are frequently some overall similarities. In Cheyenne, it goes more or less as follows, including the expected timelines:

  • Annexation: If necessary, land adjacent to existing towns may need to be annexed (up to 5 months)
  • Decking: Platting is the subdivision of plots. The process can be divided into preliminary and final stages (3-5 months)
  • Zoning: Different areas of cities are zoned for different purposes like residential, industrial, etc. If the area needs to be changed for your use, this requires public notice, application, multiple commissions / council approval (3 months)
  • Sitemap: Site plan reviews are typically required for new construction and analyze access, parking, landscaping, drainage report, traffic survey, setbacks, etc. If you request an exemption, an additional period applies (10 days to 6 weeks)
  • Examination of the construction plan: Construction plans are subject to a specific service and are chargeable. They can be revised at any time during the development process and must include a ‘plot plan’, an extended site plan (3 weeks minimum)
  • Examination of the construction plan: The technical drawings of the development site are checked by a separate office (2 weeks minimum)
  • Classification permit: If the site requires grading, a separate permit should be obtained and the plans should be reviewed. This involves a request and costs (2 weeks minimum)
  • Passage permit: For development within the city right-of-way, a separate permit is required, with its own application and fees.
  • Building permit: This must be obtained before starting any construction, can only be issued to a licensed contractor, and requires application, fees and approval of the construction plan and site plan.
  • Sign the permit: If you plan to erect road signs, a separate application and permit is required.
  • Site map Certificate of conformity: Once the site plan is approved, you can obtain this certificate, which allows you to obtain a certificate of occupancy.

Phew! It’s a long list, and while many steps may overlap, it takes a long time. With almost every step requiring its own application, licensing, and review process, there are plenty of dates to follow. Most of the exam sessions involved take place on specific dates due to public notice or other factors, which means that it’s critical that you stay on top of your schedule.

Codes: the key to approval

For construction and site plans, local building codes will be critical to your success. The required codes are likely listed on your municipality’s website, and most cities adhere to international building codes (including residential / mechanical / plumbing / electrical and so on).

As you have designed your facility with your development partners, you should have a good understanding of building code requirements, which often conflict with your infrastructure needs. Home inspectors and permit approvers focus more on the safety of people than on the efficiency of your building. Be sure to discuss many of your features with your designers so you can explain your reasoning to the authorization and inspection teams.

Now that you’ve won the permitting process, it’s finally time to start building! Our next entry will finish things off as we innovate and begin construction.

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