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Owen Sound approves site plan for former gas station

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The site plan for the construction of a new shopping center on long-vacant land at Owen Sound’s “southern gateway” has been approved by council.

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On Monday, council voted 7 to 2 in favor of the site plan for the property at the southwest corner of 10and East Street and 9and Avenue East, which once housed a gas station, but has been vacant since 2005. The plans for the property at 889 10and St. E. includes an approximately 4,300 square foot mall containing three retail units, including a drive-thru restaurant.

Sarj Mehat, part of the owners’ team, 1948654 Ontario Inc., said Tuesday he doesn’t yet know when construction will begin, but hopes it will be this year.

“I am happy that it has been approved and I hope we can move on to the next stage of its construction now,” Mehat said.

He said he will have to consult with tenants and contractors before finalizing a timetable on when work will start.

“With COVID in the air, the world has changed and it’s not as easy as it used to be,” Mehat said. “The intentions are good, the property will be developed and it’s only a matter of time.”

Mehat said he could not yet disclose who the tenants of the property will be.

With the approval of the site plan, council directed staff to introduce a by-law to authorize the mayor and clerk to sign a site plan agreement, service agreement and any other items required to implement site plan approval.

The property has the Travelodge to the north on 10and Street East while Tim Hortons is east across 9and East Ave. The property adjoins residential homes to the west and south.

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In addition to the building, the property’s proposed site plan also includes 13 drive-thru waiting spaces, a 26-space parking lot, and two new right-hand and right-hand-only entrances from 10and East Street and 9and East Ave. The median out of 10and East Street must be extended to prevent illegal left turns into the property. There are plans for site maintenance, retaining walls and landscaping, according to a report in junior planner Jacklyn Iezzi’s Monday diary.

Because the property is in the area designated in the city’s official plan as the southern gateway to Owen Sound, the development requires “a high standard of urban design,” Iezzi’s report explains. The property is zoned Commercial Artery (C4).

Among the features incorporated into the site plan and landscape plan in support of this designation are the orientation of the building to the intersection “to create an attractive street edge”, with parking at the rear and to the side, wrought iron and masonry fencing consistent with the harbor and downtown areas and outdoor lighting along building facades, the report details.

A drawing of a proposed development for a vacant property at 889 10th St. E. On Monday, March 14, 2022, the Owen Sound City Council approved a site plan for the property which includes three commercial units, including a restaurant with drive-thru.
A drawing of a proposed development for a vacant property at 889 10th St. E. On Monday, March 14, 2022, the Owen Sound City Council approved a site plan for the property which includes three commercial units, including a restaurant with drive-thru. Photo provided

Landscaping is proposed and includes a mix of deciduous trees, coniferous and deciduous shrubs and perennials. It is also proposed to retain three existing trees along the west lot line.

Due to adjacent residential properties, an acoustic fence must be constructed along the west lot line, while the drive-thru is to be closed between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Retaining walls should be constructed along the south and west rear area of ​​the property.

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On Thursday, some councilors raised concerns about the proposed development, including the high-traffic location, the frequency of collisions at the intersection and vehicle idling in the drive-thru.

Com. Scott Greig said he had significant concerns about the type of development.

“I thought it would be a great place for something like four or five story multi-residential housing, as we all know, which this community desperately needs,” said Greig, who also raised concerns about shortages. of labor and “another drive-thru only reduces the viability of existing alternative businesses.

Com. Carol Merton raised concerns about ‘information gaps’ regarding collisions at the intersection and an emissions assessment ‘particularly with a drive-thru’.

Community Services Director Pam Coulter said at Monday’s council meeting that a transportation impact study had been submitted, reviewed by city technical staff, and the findings were deemed acceptable. A noise study was also carried out. In 2010, the city’s comprehensive zoning ordinance was updated to prohibit new drive-thrus in the then downtown area, but drive-thru is permitted in other commercial areas both in the city’s official plan and zoning regulations, Coulter explained.

Many other councilors have spoken out in favor of the development, including Coun. Richard Thomas, who said it’s good to see a development coming up for a brownfield property in a high visibility location.

“Lately around this table, the idea has crept more and more into discussions that we should be telling developers what to develop in Owen Sound,” Thomas said. “I don’t see that as the board’s role.”

Deputy Mayor Brian O’Leary expressed support for the proposal, which meets all development standards and is consistent with the official plan and zoning by-law.

O’Leary said that in the past developers had been unwilling to work in the city because of the “board getting in the way”.

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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.


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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 ?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.

Donut Development LLC receives approval for rezoning and site plan

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RINCON — Rejoice, pumpkin spice lovers!

During Monday’s regular Rincon City Council meeting, Donut Development LLC owner Jay Andrews said a Dunkin’ store is set to open on 12th Street this fall.

Andrews appeared before council to seek approval of a site plan for commercial space with three units, including Dunkin’. Jersey Mike’s Subs and T-Mobile are ready for others.

The inclusion of T-Mobile necessitated a rezoning (office commercial to general commercial). After agreeing to a rezoning, which came before the site plan was given the go-ahead, council peppered Andrews with a few questions.

Councilor Reese Browher asked, “Mr. Andrews, what is the timeline for this project? »

Browher, joking lightly, said he gets more questions about Dunkin’ and Jersey Mike’s Subs than about any other topic.

“There’s a lot of anticipation for it to be open,” he said.

Andrews responded confidently.

“We’re looking at around seven months,” he said.

Councilman Patrick Kirkland asked Andrews about the traffic of customers who use Dunkin’s drive-thru.

“They’ll come into 12th Street, then they’ll turn left from 12th Street at the back of the development, and they’ll come into the drive-thru – what we call stacking – and people will come into line . . said Andrews.

Kirkland expressed additional concern after Andrews’ response.

“…there is an average stacking required and this site actually has (space for) two more cars than the average for Dunkin’ in terms of stacking,” Andrews continued. “We feel like we’ve accommodated that too much.”

Andrews added an interesting tidbit.

“Seventy-three percent of Dunkin’s patronage is done before 10:30 a.m.,” he said.

After council approved the site plan, Mayor Ken Lee joked with Andrews.

“It’s a great tactic to be called Donut Development,” he said. “We cannot refuse a donut development. I don’t know how that would work.

Earlier in the meeting, the board approved a site plan for a 5,098 square foot extension to Wal-Mart for online pickup.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Overall, the commissioners were satisfied with the plan.

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

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

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

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

Edison NJ Zoning Board delays vote on Charlie Brown site plan

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

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

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

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

Charlie Brown's former restaurant on Plainfield Road, Edison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Indian Land SC New Home Subdivision Self Storage Site Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Solon Council Approves Revised Site Plan for Aged Housing Complex Addition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modified salary grids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greg Vine can be contacted at [email protected]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published: 2-2-2022

by Art Benavidez

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The landscape will consist of 34 trees and 206 shrubs.

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

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

VBX Project ID: 2022-0CD7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The sitemap process for Convalt will take several months

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MPC approves site plan for apartment complex | Local News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The sitemap process for Convalt will take several months | Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Layout plan for proposed warehouses in Berryville pending | Winchester star

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HOLLAND – Two new developments are progressing in South Holland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consolidated Restaurant and Nursing Facility Receives Holland Site Plan Approval

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

HOLLAND – Two new developments are progressing in South Holland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Site map approved for Hy-Vee grocery store

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By Kevin Boneske

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


The Rome subdivision is OK for the sitemap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also on the program:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The project overlooks the polar park.

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

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

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

Exterior features

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

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

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

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

Neighbor of the polar park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The components of SciTech Scity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Site map approved for Westlake Landings stores

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A rendering of the future Westlake Landings Shoppes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rezoning, approved site plan for Ashwaubenon gas station

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By Kevin Boneske

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. “

Site Plan for Clear Lake Hy-Vee Approved by Planning and Zoning Commission | Govt. & Politics

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the exact total of Planning and Zoning Commission votes, and to clarify development plans for future lots.

On Tuesday evening, the Clear Lake Planning and Zoning Commission met to review the site plan for the proposed Hy-Vee grocery store in Clear Lake, as well as the larger Emerald Edge preliminary platform.

The preliminary platform proposed by Sukup Ag of Sheffield contains seven commercial lots and a subdivision all of which run along Route 18 between North 14th Street and North 20th Street.

The preliminary platform for the Emerald Edge development at Clear Lake.

The easternmost lot labeled “Commercial Phase 1 Lot 1” along North 20th Street and Highway 18 is where the proposed Hy-Vee and Convenience Store would be located.

The dish would also see the creation of two new streets, Jade Street and Hunter Place. Jade Street would run parallel to North 20th Street, but on the west side of the proposed Hy-Vee lot, connecting Hwy 18 with one entrance and exit to the right.

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Hunter Place is proposed to run east to west parallel to Highway 18, but on the north side of commercial lots three through seven.

Flory noted that there will likely be other projects developed in the other smaller commercial lots, and that the Planning and Zoning Commission may revisit it “soon” to discuss other projects under the development.

Jason Petersburg, project engineer for Veenstra & Kimm Inc., recommended that the Planning and Zoning Commission approve the preliminary platform.

The Planning and Zoning Board approved the preliminary Emerald Edge flat unanimously, 3-0.

The commission then reviewed the site plan specifically for the Hy-Vee grocery store.

The proposed development includes a 47,000 square foot Hy-Vee grocery store, an approximately 4000 square foot convenience store and parking on the 6.5 acre property. Flory noted in a previous meeting that Embree is expected to invest $ 8 million in the project.

Hy-Vee Grocery Comes to Clear Lake

On Monday, Clear Lake City Council met to review and make changes to its city renewal plan. One of those changes was to adapt to a new Hy-Vee grocery store.

Flory noted that the schedule for the Hy-Vee is still pending, but the developers hope to innovate “within the next 30 days” with the goal of opening in the fall of next year.

Petersburg recommended that the Planning and Zoning Commission approve the site plan for the Hy-Vee.

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the Hy-Vee site plan, 3-0.

The Embree development group is based in Georgetown, Texas, and the letter of intent stated that the group was interested in building a new retail space in the Willow Creek area of ​​Clear Lake.

Zachary Dupont covers politics and business development for the Globe Gazette. You can reach him at 641-421-0533 or [email protected] Follow Zachary on Twitter at @ZachNDupont

Redlands Shopping Center’s New Site Plan Reduces Some Building Heights – Redlands Daily Facts

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The vision for the mixed-use redevelopment of the Redlands Shopping Center site is becoming clearer, with developers now reducing some proposed building heights.

In a presentation to the Redlands Planning Commission on Tuesday, October 12, developer Village Partners Ventures LLC, shared plans for approximately 700 housing units with all previously offered fifth floor items removed, except for the restaurant on the roof.

Preliminary plans presented to the commission in April and city council in May called for up to 722 housing units and four-story buildings on average, although some parts have grown to five stories, mostly around a public square.

  • Ongoing plans for a mixed-use development on the Redlands Shopping Center site were presented to the Redlands Planning Commission on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. This artist rendering of State Street Village shows what the view is from the corner of Third Street and Redlands Boulevard would appear to be looking east. (Courtesy City of Redlands)

  • Ongoing plans for a mixed-use development on the Redlands Shopping Center site were presented to the Redlands Planning Commission on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. This artist rendering of State Street Village shows what the view is from the corner of Third Street and Redlands Boulevard would appear to face west. (Courtesy City of Redlands)

  • Ongoing plans for a mixed-use development on the Redlands Mall site were presented to the Redlands Planning Commission on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. This artist rendering of State Street Village shows what the view of State would look like Street from Paseo Comme. (Courtesy City of Redlands)

Kaitlin Morris, the builder’s development manager, told commissioners on Tuesday that after conversations with the community, “there is no particularly clear consensus regarding the elements of the fifth floor.”

In response, she added, “we wanted to be respectful and listen to this concern.”

The new plans call for the construction of five buildings, including a 7,500 square foot private amenity building with a swimming pool. In addition, the developers offer:

• 71,500 square feet of commercial floor for retail businesses and restaurants

• 12,500 square feet of office space

• a public square of half an acre

• an above-ground parking structure on five levels with 686 spaces surrounded by offices, shops and apartments

• two underground car parks with a total of 494 spaces

One of the structures would be a 14,500 square foot building at the southeast corner of East Citrus Avenue and Eureka Street for the CVS Pharmacy, which will need to be relocated from its current space to the mall.

The three-story elements of the buildings would be up to about 50 feet high, and the four-story parts would be 50 to 60 feet high, according to a report written to the commission. The tower elements and architectural projections on some of the buildings would rise to around 75 feet.

For reference, a flag pole at the corner of Vine and Cajon streets, the Redlands Liberty Pole, is 120 feet tall, according to the plaque at its base.

John Ellis, one of the architects on the project, told commissioners the plans were inspired by the city’s past and present.

“The architectural journey through this project has been very focused on the history of Redlands and respecting the tradition of most commercial buildings as well as municipal buildings,” he said, highlighting the inspiration found in the Fox Theater, AK Smiley Public Library, Brookside Post Office, Academy of Music building, and the smaller blocks that had been divided by Third and State Streets before the mall was built.

Landmarks welcoming people to the site would include tower elements, such as Third Street and Redlands Boulevard which has large balconies, and an Ellis called the “Lantern Building” on Eureka Street with a multi-story window.

Commission President Conrad Guzkowski questioned the need for large balconies, adding “they are prominent to say the least”.

Guzkowski also said the public square needs more grandeur, like a large water feature, and the CVS building needs more design work on the sides not facing the street.

Guzkowski said he was more than impressed with the team and the project, although they still have a few details to work on.

“It’s a remarkable compilation of work,” he said.

If the project is approved, the development would be built over several years, according to a written report. The first phase would consist of constructing buildings at the west end near Eureka Street and starting work on the new CVS site. A second phase would bring a new building to the northeast corner of the shopping center site. The final phase would be to move CVS and then construct the buildings at the southeast corner of the property.

Preliminary plans were shared in the spring when the developer requested the voter support exemption. U measurement development rules.

The two-decade-old Slow Growth Initiative imposes restrictions on development, including fees to mitigate impacts on infrastructure and services; prohibit the increase in admissible residential densities; and demand projects to make sure they don’t increase traffic.

The proponent requested that the transit-focused shopping center project be removed from the measure under an exemption for “development directly related to proposed Metrolink stations in the City of Redlands.”

The council granted this request in May.

The next step for the project is to go through the environmental review process, which will likely go to public review in November. The project could then return to the committee in December before moving on to the board for final approvals.

Richmond Heights council committee approves Belle Oaks final site plan – including Meijer

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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio – The City Council Planning and Zoning Committee on Tuesday (October 5) approved a final site plan for the Belle Oaks Market project at the Richmond Town Square shopping center, 700 Richmond Road.

The plan will now be passed for a full council vote next week.

The site plan, which received Planning Commission approval the night before, includes two big changes from the architects of the second phase plan Bialosky Cleveland, working for the California developer. DealPoint Merrill, showed the board last fall.

First, the design was drastically altered to accommodate a company that would become the largest in the $ 200 million development – Meijer, a chain of Midwestern super centers that sells food, fashion, electronics and more.

A stand-alone Meijer building will be constructed just south of the current Life Storage (formerly Macy’s) building, measuring 159,000 square feet, along with a garden center that can be outdoors or indoors.

The second change is the one that eliminates Regal Cinema from Belle Oaks. Regal, which had been part of the old Richmond Town Square for years, was originally to be kept as an entertainment option at Belle Oaks, a mixed-use development that will include shops and 798 luxury apartments, as well as amenities such as as a park, outdoor swimming pool, underground and above ground parking, and more.

The final Belle Oaks site plan, with the phase two buildings in white and the phase one buildings in gray. Wilson Mills Road is at the top left, while Richmond Road is at the top right. (Jeff Piorkowski, special for

The Regal Cinema building, like the rest of the mall, will be demolished, likely in the first quarter of 2022.

In order to make way for the Meijer Building – which will include a large car park alongside the project which faces Wilson Mills Road – last year’s plan of a street cutting through the center of the development and heading towards Wilson Mills Road was amended.

The street, lined with apartment buildings, will now curve east around the Meijer Building before emptying into the eastern end of the development on Wilson Mills Road. Meijer will have its own separate entrance to Wilson Mills.

There will be two entrances / exits along Richmond Road as indicated on the previous plans. These entrances / exits will be located across from Hillary Lane (leading to and from the first phase of development north) and across from Geraldine Avenue.

The council’s amended plans seen on Tuesday were for the second phase of the project. The Council approved the plans for the first phase last year. On Tuesday, the council committee approved the entire package, consisting of the two phases.

In total, the project will include 24 acres of green space, which represents 35% of the 1.7 million square foot development area. Eight multi-family / commercial buildings will be constructed in the second phase. Other exterior buildings along Richmond Roads and Wilson Mills Roads remain options. The first phase will include five new buildings.

“This is a big hurdle to overcome and there is one more to come: a development deal,” said Ward 4 Councilor Mark Alexander, who chairs the Planning and Zoning Committee.

Besides a development agreement, in which taxes are distributed among the different parties involved, the city’s building commissioner Jim Urankar said developers must also submit lighting plans for council approval, separate landscaping and signage.

In addition, city council must approve every building constructed in Belle Oaks.

Alexander noted that the Meijer building planned for Belle Oaks will be different from those that currently exist, such as the store of Mentor at 9200 Mentor Ave.

“It’s a little different from the stores in Mentor, Avon – the stores that are in that area – where they’re really trying to break down the mass of their buildings, trying to implement different materials, adding glass components. , ”Said Brian Meng, associate director of Bialosky Cleveland.

“This is the prototype they are thinking of here as a reference. “

As part of the approved plan, the mall’s Firestone Complete Auto Care will be relocated to the area along Richmond Road just north of Walgreen’s.

When asked if Planet Fitness – still open at the mall site – would be part of Belle Oaks Marketplace, Meng said, “At the moment there really aren’t any tenants listed outside of Meijer, for phase 2. It could very well be moved indoors, but that’s under negotiation.

To see the sitemap as it was a year ago, visit the website Belle Oaks Marketplace website home page.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Site plan approved for Mission BBQ, new building in Ashwaubenon

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By Kevin Boneske

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Townhouses at Aldon Station

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bay Bank Awning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The committee approved the 3-1 site plan tonight, with committee member David Beatty voting against. Ed Flynn, Rebecca Cohen and John Ognibene voted for it. The project, a partnership of the YMCA and Rochester-Regional Health-United Memorial Medical Center, will include a new state-of-the-art wellness center, indoor pool, group exercise studios and a gymnasium with a walking / running track. indoor foot, teaching kitchen, indoor play area, youth areas, lounge and meeting rooms. The partnership with UMMC will provide primary care, behavioral health services / crisis intervention, integration of telemedicine, cancer prevention services, chronic disease support services and education services , all in the same establishment. The facility would include a 69,420 square foot two-story building to house the YMCA with medical offices. The site is located at 211 and 213 East Main St., 1-9 Wiard St. and is part of 211 1/2 East Main Rear.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Costco site map approved by Ankeny commission

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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.

Griffindell subdivision site plan refused – clemmonscourier

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Clemmons Council Responds to Senate Proposal on Bill 105

By Jim Buice
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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

Planners Call for Changes to Healthy Living Campus Site Plan | Top story

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BATAVIA – There will be another site plan change for Rochester Regional Health-United Memorial Medical Center and YMCA Healthy Living Campus ahead of city planning and development committee approval – removal of one entrance and an exit from Summit Street.

Project leaders will return at the next committee meeting, scheduled for September 21. The committee’s recommendation to remove the entrance / exit came on Tuesday after residents of Summit Street shared their concerns during a public hearing on the project.

“Those of us who live here are well aware of the heavy use of the street and understand that good access to and from our hospital is vital for Batavia and the rest of Genesee County,” said resident Richard Beatty. “The same goes for the YMCA. The project itself is just something we absolutely need in the city and I want to see it move forward.

Plans for the $ 30 million Healthy Living Campus – a collaboration between the YMCA and Rochester Regional Health-United Memorial Medical Center – include a new state-of-the-art wellness center, indoor pool, group and a gymnasium with indoor walking / running track, educational kitchen, indoor play area, youth areas, lounge and meeting rooms. The partnership with UMMC will provide primary care, behavioral health services / crisis intervention, integration of telemedicine, cancer prevention services, chronic disease support services and education services , all in the same establishment. The proposed new facility would include a 69,420 square foot two-story building to house the YMCA with medical offices, off-street parking and a new access point from Summit Street. The building would be located at 211 and 213 East Main St., 1-9 Wiard St. and part of 211 1/2 East Main Rear.

Beatty said he was against the Summit Street alley leading to campus.

“Our street has no other commercial lanes … Creating more traffic is not what we need here,” he said. “With the two-house entrance to St. Joseph’s School, another driveway would cause additional traffic and congestion, as well as more noise and more congestion. “

Residents Brian and Joan McCabe submitted a letter which was read by committee chair Duane Preston. They said in the letter that they were concerned about water runoff, lighting, traffic, noise, vehicle emissions and foot traffic.

Project manager David Ciurzynski of Ciurzynski Consulting, LLC said that with the parking lot redesign on Wiard Street, they would add drainage to the property to address some of these issues.

“Our analysis shows that we need to add drainage along Wiard Street… We’ll have to talk to the city about how we’re going to do this.”

Another letter came from resident Ellen Larson, who said runoff from snowmelt water was a threat to basements on both sides. With excessive traffic, vehicles may be backed up at least until 9 or 11 Summit St., waiting for the light to change.

“In addition, we have considerable bicycle and pedestrian traffic coming from many directions,” she wrote.

The planning and development committee asked if access to the Summit Street campus could be postponed for a year or two to see how things go. Ciurzynski said it was of concern to put the alley from Summit Street to campus on the back burner.

“By getting all the traffic out on Washington Avenue, what’s going to happen is people tend to turn right because it’s easy. They’re going to turn right, then turn right onto Summit Street, ”he said. “Now you put the traffic all the way down half of Summit Street, as opposed to that at the end of Summit Street and get everyone out on Main Street as quickly as possible. “

The other recommendation is that developers work with GO ART! concerning the court between GO ART! and the Office of Aging.

Earlier, Leslie Moma, a resident of Summit Street and member of GO ART! Board of Trustees, spoke about efforts to transform the yard into a more social space through a partnership with the Office for the Aging.

“It will allow GO ART! to provide different kinds of educational and social functions in this space, ”she said. “Our intention is to ensure that the parking provided for this space does not interfere with the yard and activities in the yard.

Moma said the board’s plans for using the yard include small concerts, public art receptions, weddings, and other events that can generate money for GO ART!

“If parking is present all the way to the corner of GO ART !, it means that headlights, noise, exhaust fumes, things of that nature that are an integral part of vehicle ownership will interfere with that space of the vehicle. court, ”she said. noted.

“The problem is that there are six spaces close to GO ART! This is where the problem comes in. The cars which circulate there, their lights will shine on all kinds of activities which take place in the courtyard of GO ART! David Beatty, Board Member, said: He asked Ciurzynski if eliminating six of the planned parking spaces on the west side of the new building near GO ART would be a possibility.

“You would keep everything else in your parking lot. You eliminate those six spaces. Your car park is always as it is now. You move further away from the activities of GO ART! by eliminating the six spaces.

Ciurzynski had suggested putting up a fence. Beatty suggested the landscaping would work, without the need for a fence.

“We have designed and redesigned several times. I would really like to stop the bleeding from my design budget, ”he said. “I’d rather spend time and effort developing the landscaping there rather than losing those six spots. We really believe that it is important for the operation of our establishment to have these places available not only for our customers …

Ciurzynski said those responsible for the project contacted GO ART! to try to develop a solution.

“We would like to continue working with them and come up with a plan before we eliminate anything,” he said. He said that creating a stamp would solve the problem of the headlights shining on GO ART! activities in the yard.

Ciurzynski said the parking plan on the west side of the new building provides for 25 spaces, including spaces for people with disabilities or less mobile than others.

“We have a strip of land there that would buffer this area to try to shelter as much light as possible,” he said.

Whole Foods Site Plan Gets PZC Approval in South Windsor | Windsor South

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SOUTH WINDSOR – The Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday approved construction plans for the planned Whole Foods building at Evergreen Walk.

At the regular meeting, committee members unanimously approved the site plan for the 50,000 square foot building, which will replace two existing buildings, the current sites of Old Navy and Sakura Garden, an area of ​​53,000 square feet. The new building will consist of two units: a 40,000 square foot unit for Whole Foods and a 10,000 square foot retail space that will be available for lease.

PZC President Bart Pacekonis said he was somewhat concerned with empty retail space, recalling a similar space attached to the old Highland Market that was not in use.

“I see your group as being more active in finding tenants, and I hope we don’t make the same mistake and have that horror for 10, 15 years,” Pacekonis said.

Karen Johnson, project planner for Charter Realty, the management company of Evergreen Walk, said the company had seen an increase in rental activity since the Whole Foods announcement and was not concerned by the vacancy of the retail space.

“We are confident it will be hired shortly,” Johnson said.

The construction of Whole Foods is part of a larger initiative by Charter Realty to revitalize the property as a shopping destination for South Windsor and surrounding towns. These plans, described in a document released by the company, detail efforts to lease retail locations to various companies, though the document conceals their names.

An undeveloped 5,680 square foot lot by the former Moe’s is to be leased to a “national burger chain” and a “national track and field brand” expects to lease 5,715 square feet of space. Other storefronts have letters of intent for businesses to rent, but details have not been announced.

David Gagnon, a civil engineer at Langan Engineering, said the hope is to have Whole Foods accessible via the sidewalk of Evergreen Crossing, a nearby retirement community, which would also help connect it to the rest of Evergreen Walk.

Stephen Wagner, a member of PZC, said he was excited about the development of Evergreen Walk and satisfied with the way Charter Realty had handled it.

“It’s great to see that there is a long term plan to keep this place going and keeping it alive,” Wagner said.

PZC Alternate Member Megan Powell said that while she was not present throughout the entire application process, the company did a good job with the Whole Foods sitemap, except for minor concerns. .

“I think special care was taken throughout the process,” said Powell.

PZC member Michael LeBlanc said he liked the mural planned for the back of the building, but wanted to make sure it was easy to touch up if needed.

“The only problem is they’re hard to maintain,” LeBlanc said.

Pacekonis said he was also concerned about the upkeep of the mural, as well as what could happen in the distant future.

“I’m also worried that at some point this mural might want to be replaced with advertising,” Pacekonis said.

The commission finally agreed to make the approval of the request conditional on no advertising being able to replace the mural.

Mayor Andrew Paterna said he believes the new Whole Foods will be great for Evergreen Walk and presents plenty of additional development opportunities.

“This shows that South Windsor is still in a great position to attract economic development,” Paterna said.

Commission Approves Germantown Industrial Park Site Plan | Business

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GERMANTOWN – The Planning Commission this week approved a site plan for Capstone 41, a new industrial park development off Holy Hill Road, so the plan to add nearly 800,000 square feet of retail space industry in the village can continue.

The Planning Commission on Monday evening approved the site plan with certain conditions, as well as several other elements required for the project which will span 52.5 acres on the south side of Holy Hill Road, between Interstate 41 and Goldendale Road. .

The site plan approved this week only covers the first phase of the project, which includes site improvements, utility works and a 203,580 square foot industrial building. This building will be built on speculation, so the companies that will end up using the space are not yet known.

The second phase, for which the developer is planning two additional buildings that will bring the entire site to a total of approximately 785,400 square feet of building space, will require separate site plan approval when the time comes.

The Plan Commission approved the site plan with a list of conditions on which approval is contingent, such as Capstone Quadrangle must adjust the lighting plan so that lights do not exceed 25 feet, and additional landscaping must be scheduled for scouting around the site. At the committee meeting, another condition was added by amendment that Capstone must add additional details to building entrances, such as awnings.

“I’m fine with the rest of the building, just dress up the entrances a bit,” said Planning Commissioner David Baum.

In previous discussions of the Capstone 41 project — it’s been in the planning stages in Germantown for months — some concerns have been raised about the building’s planned appearance. Recent community feedback on Germantown’s planning efforts has indicated that residents dislike the monotonous colors and united appearance of buildings and prefer more interesting details in the design of the development.

“What we’re doing with the exterior of the building is pretty much anything you can do with precast panels,” said Mike Faber of Capstone Quadrangle. Since the previous discussion, the developer has added texture, adjusted colors, and added joints and details to the exterior design of the building.

During the public hearing for the Capstone Quadrangle project, the village administrator, Jan Miller, spoke out against the conditional use permit requested by the developer to encroach on the site’s wetland setbacks. Miller said she would never support wetland encroachment or setbacks because water and natural areas are a vital resource for Germantown.

Village planner Jeff Retzlaff noted that the wetland itself will not be affected; some grading will be changed in the setback area to allow for development, and Capstone Quadrangle will undertake mitigation measures by planting the site to compensate for the changes.

“There’s no proposed impact on actual wetlands… There’s just a 25-foot wetland encroachment and 75-foot setbacks on waterways,” Retzlaff said.

“Native plantations are being established in these areas and some additional plantations in other places,” he added.

The encroachment permit has been approved.

The 52.5 acres planned for Capstone 41 are being rezoned to allow limited industrial use, such as light manufacturing, assembly, warehouse, distribution or e-commerce, which was also cleared by the Planning Commission this week.

“It’s consistent with the zoning of the property that surrounds it,” Retzlaff said.

The commission also approved a certified survey map to divide this parcel into two lots for development and a weir, to be used for stormwater retention. The first lot of 13.5 acres will be used for the phase one building.

Local VFW Post 7105 had its site plan approved for a new facility at this week’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

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Featured Photo: A street view of the VFW, which will remain open until the new building is ready to be constructed. Image: Google Streets.

Posted: 6-8-2021

by Art Benavidez

Fredericksburg (Gillespie County) – Local VFW 7105 substation had their site plan approved for a new facility at this week’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

The new facility would be located at their current location at 710 S. Washington in the southern part of town.

The property is 1.8 acres in size and the business would be operational until the new facility is ready to be built.

The new VFW hall would include an 8,512 square foot office / assembly building, 77% waterproof coverage and 120 parking spaces, as well as landscaping and a sidewalk.

A site plan by local architects W. Cass Phillips Planning and Design shows a 5,000 square foot pavilion with a building height of 20 feet, a 512 square foot foyer and a 3,000 square foot cantina.

Cass phillips, who represented the project, said development was still in its early stages.

“The plan here is that a good deal of fundraising is needed to make that happen,” he said. “The main revenue stream for what VFW has to do with their programming is what this cantina generates. The idea is that we want to rebuild the facility behind that row of trees that divides the land in half and remove the old building once they’re ready to put the new one into use.

Phillips was unable to provide the commission with a specific development schedule and was reminded that approval of the site plan would be valid for two years.

“I don’t think it’s in anyone’s best interest to start construction until we have money in the bank,” he added.

A marketing campaign to facilitate the new development of the VFW is currently underway, according to member Jim Bisson.

VBX Project ID: 2021-5A71

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Plan Commission approves site plan for farm and fleet | Business

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The planning committee met last week and approved the site plan for the Blains’ arrival at 1771 Wisconsin Ave. The existing Shopko building will be renovated and used for the new store, but several additions and adjustments are planned.

“The proposed building modifications include three small building additions totaling 11,050 square feet, a 3,820 square foot double-track passage through the canopy and modifications to the east facade,” wrote community development director Jessica Wolff. in a report to the committee.

Additions are planned at the customer’s main entrance, another on the north side for the new auto service center and small engine repair area, and the third addition will be for additional storage space next to the docks. existing loading, also on the north side of buildings.

According to village information from Blain’s site plan submission, the company is also planning a 66,000 square foot gated outdoor retail space. The outdoor sales area will have an 8 foot aluminum fence on three sides and a 16 foot solid vinyl fence on one side where there will be 12 foot high pallet racks. The exterior sales area will have an automatic gate to allow entry and exit of approaching vehicles, according to village reports on the site map.

Wolff wrote in his Plan Commission report that the village had contracted a traffic impact study, which resulted in recommendations to extend the turn lanes at the entrances. Traffic analysis also recommended that the area be more guarded and that an additional traffic light with turn control may be required if further developments occur on adjacent properties.

“There will be a new driveway from Highland Drive in the outdoor sales area near the loading docks for deliveries only,” according to village documents.

The floor plan of the interior of the building showed that most of the space will be redeveloped for public retail areas, with about a quarter of the floor area running along the facade of the building and the northeast side designated for warehousing and store function.

Outside the building, the site plan showed the finish of the parking lot in front of the Shopko to the southeast, and the small parking lot to the northeast of the building was repaved and converted into a fenced outdoor sales area. The outdoor sales area would include a drive-thru path for customers.

There were also five conditional use permit applications for Blain’s new farm and fleet approved by the Planning Commission last week. The permits were for inside sales and service; drive-thru and in-vehicle sales; maintenance and repair of vehicles and small engines; automotive related sales; and accessory enclosed outdoor storage.

According to company information, Blain plans to begin construction on the site this fall and to open the new farm and fleet in the fall of 2022. Once open, hours are scheduled from 8 am to 8 pm. Monday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The plan further stated that there would be two shifts per day, with up to 45 people per shift. Blain’s estimates the maximum number of customers in a day at 6,000, based on Black Friday estimates.

Mentor approves preliminary site plan for car wash on Heisley Road – News-Herald

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A preliminary site plan for a new Blue Falls car wash in 5786 Heisley Road to Mentor was approved at a recent meeting of the Mentor municipal planning committee.

If final site plans are approved, project owner Conrad’s Tire Express and Car Care intends to demolish the existing building on site to make way for the 5,198 square foot car wash. It would be a state-of-the-art tunnel-type facility with adjoining suction stations on the outside.

According to the project application reviewed at the July 29 committee meeting, the existing building was once the offices of the Hospice of the Western Reserve and the Ohio Education Association.

At the request of the city administration, the developers conducted a study analyzing how the addition of the Blue Falls car wash would affect the flow of traffic on Heisley Road. The city’s engineering department concluded that in order for traffic not to be slowed down, the addition of a 175-foot left-turn lane at the site was warranted and should be included in the project if it moves forward. .

According to Planning Director Kathy Mitchell, the proposed Blue Falls car wash would join several other recent and modernized car washes at Mentor. She said developers tend to use locations on high traffic streets, such as Heisley Road, to serve local residents, commercial corridors and those using major highways.

“There have been a handful of full-service self-contained car washes approved in recent years, some that have been upgraded to existing locations, such as Patriot Car Wash or Cardinal Car Wash on Mentor Avenue,” Mitchell said.

“Others are new,” she added, “including Classic Clean Auto Wash on [Route] 615, the Rainforest Car Wash on Palisades Parkway off Reynolds Road, to be built, and the recent Blue Falls Car Wash on Heisley Road which has just received both the preliminary site plan and license approval. conditional use, [with] the final site plan and architectural overhaul are still needed.

Dexter Planning Commission reviews final site plan for new condos

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By Doug Marrin, STN reporter

At its meeting on August 2, 2021, the Dexter Planning Commission reviewed the final site plan for Millennium Place.

The proposed condo development is located on Grand St across from Grandview Commons, and developer Marhofer Campbell Development Company LLC builds the condos with active adults and professionals in mind.

Millennium Place will be located at 7960 and 7956 Grand St, across from Grandview Commons. Photo by Doug Marrin.

Millennium Place will be built on 0.71 acres. The three-storey, 41,586-square-foot building will have 23 one, two and three-bedroom units. Three main floor condos facing Grand St. will be two story townhouses. The remaining units will range in size from 774 square feet to 1,405 square feet.

“In addition, the development will effectively consolidate two odd-sized plots into a single cohesive and attractive residential complex that harmonizes with the neighborhood and the city’s master plan,” said Community Development Director Michelle Aniol in her commentary. report to the Commission.

View of Millennium Place from Grand St. Preliminary rendering by Jeffery A. Scott Architects PC

A 2015 Dexter City target market analysis showed a growing desire for people to live close to city centers. More and more people are drawn to the amenities that a downtown area offers, including restaurants, entertainment, shopping, health care, parks, and access to public transportation. Millennium Place is designed with these interests in mind.

“The proposed design of Millennium Place aims to create a visually cohesive group of units, with variety and character that complements the neighborhood,” says Aniol in her report. “The orientation of the development on the road improves the possibility of walking along Grand Street. The small private patios of the townhouse units adjacent to the sidewalk create a cohesive visual landscape buffer while encouraging interactions between residents and passing pedestrians. Keeping the parking lot located primarily out of sight at the rear of the building also improves the streetscape.

The 0.71 acres combine two oddly shaped lots into one usable plot. Image from Google. Editing by Doug Marrin.

Plans also include an open green space and patio to accommodate picnic tables around a rain garden to encourage active and passive use. Nineteen trees will be removed for construction replaced by 26 trees and 33 shrubs.

In her report, Aniol lists the benefits of the new condos for Dexter, including:

  • Facilitate the goals and objectives of the City’s master plan.
  • Improve the landscape of Grand St.
  • Increase the city’s tax base.
  • Encourage further redevelopment.
  • Improve the value of surrounding properties.
  • Increase the customer base for Dexter businesses.

The Planning Commission approved the final site plan with conditions by 6 votes to 1. These conditions can be found on page 97 of the meeting file posted on the Town’s website.

The next step for final approval will be the presentation and approval of the plan by city council.

Site plan approved for mixed use building in Uptown Westerville

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A vacant structure at 32 W. College Ave. is about to be demolished and replaced with a three story mixed-use building with retail or commercial on the first floor and apartments on the second and third floors.

The Westerville Planning Commission approved on July 28 a site plan for a proposed 12,483 square foot, 0.17 acre building in the Uptown neighborhood of plaintiff Randall Woodings of Kontogiannis & Associates, Columbus.

Voting yes were Paul Johnson, chairman; Craig Treneff, Brian Schaefer, Kristine Robbins, Dave Samuelson and Kimberly Sharp. Steven Munger was absent from the meeting.

A public hearing was held regarding the redevelopment, but no one commented.

Members of the Commission also did not comment on the request, as it had been discussed at a previous meeting. The project is now going to the Uptown Review Board for action; Action by Westerville City Council, including sale of property; an application for an engineering permit; and an application for a building permit.

A report from Bassem Bitar, the planning director for Westerville, said the plaintiff signed a contract to purchase and redevelop the Uptown plot, which is owned by the city.

He said city staff have recommended approval of the application, while acknowledging that off-site improvements and access easements will need to be finalized.

The intention is to demolish the existing structure and build the new three-story mixed-use building, according to Bitar.

According to the proposed plans, the first floor would be dedicated for commercial or commercial use, while the second and third floors would house a total of four residential units.

The first floor area would be 3,253 square feet, including a lobby, elevator, staircase and other fixtures associated with upper floors, and approximately 2,670 square feet for retail / commercial use.

The space for the upper floors would be larger at 4,615 square feet on each floor as they would extend beyond the footprint of the first floor on the north side of the building, allowing for parking spaces below, according to a report to the city.

The building would be of brick veneer with a height of approximately 37 feet.

The proposed site plan also includes some off-site improvements, such as an outdoor seating area along the front of College Avenue as well as a six-foot-wide sidewalk along the east side of the building.

The staff report indicates that the existing structure was built as a residence in the early 1900s and converted to commercial use on the first floor, possibly in the 1970s.

More recently it housed a bookstore called The Book Harbor with an apartment on the second floor.

The city acquired the vacant building in 2014 to allow for its future redevelopment in a way that aligns with the parking and lane system improvements recommended in the Uptown plan.

Earlier this year, Woodings submitted concept review requests to the Uptown Review Board and the Planning Commission and received a favorable response.

In the minutes of a March 24 planning workshop, Treneff said he was very supportive of the redevelopment and noted that the city was looking to reuse this site.

He said it was an exceptional proposition.

Robbins said she understood it would be too expensive to try to renovate and use the house in its current state.

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Chelsea Planning Commission reviews final site plan for Burger King / Starbucks

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By Doug Marrin, STN reporter

Chelsea is a big step forward to have a Starbucks and a Burger King in town.

The final site plan for the property at 1620 S Main St (across from Lloyd Bridges Traveland) was presented to the Chelsea Planning Commission at its July 20 meeting.

The plan covers three buildings:

  • A 2,200 square foot commercial building facing Brown Dr.
  • An 8,290 square foot commercial building including Starbucks drive-thru facing the M-52.
  • A 3,070 square foot building that will be a Burger King restaurant facing the M-52.

Chelsea Community Development Director Julia Upfal presented her recommendation to approve the final plan.

“The things that are reviewed by the Planning Commission and submitted to the Planning Commission are at a point where I think they meet all the compliance regulations that they need,” Ms. Upfal said.

While the final site plan meets all compliance regulations, other details must be worked out before Midwest can begin work.

“I will still need additional documentation and technical changes to these plans before I can provide the seal of approval of the final site plan,” Upfal added.

Upfal’s recommendation was that the Commission approve the plan with conditions.

“My recommendation today is that if you choose to go ahead with these plans, include the conditions included in both my team report and in the engineering team report that was sent today as an addendum to ensure these engineering requirements, permit easements and documents and agreements are provided to the City of Chelsea, ”said Upfal.

Conditions included:

  • The two lots facing the M-52 (Starbucks and Burger King) require a permit from the MDOT.
  • The third parcel on Brown Dr. needs a permit from the Washtenaw Co Road Commission.
  • Updated Easement Agreements from Consumer’s Energy and Comfort Inn Suites.
  • EGLE permit for water or sanitary sewer.
  • City aqueduct and sewer estimate added to plans.

The final site plan submitted by Brightway Development LLC, subject to addressing all elements of all staff reports provided, was unanimously approved by the Commission.

Quicklee Site Plan Approved by Batavia Planning Committee | Featured Story

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BATAVIA – Developers of a proposed Quicklee’s convenience store and gas station have approval from the city’s planning and development committee to proceed, following approval of a site plan and a special use permit.

Quicklee’s, which is based in Livingston County, wants to change the use of the former 3,771 square foot Bob Evans Restaurant, 204 Oak St.

The project includes the construction of a four-pump service station island with canopy and underground fuel storage tanks. The convenience store with retail fuel will use 2,771 square feet and the restaurant with drive-thru will use the remaining 1,000 square feet. The committee approved the site plan and permit at its Tuesday evening meeting.

Planning and Development Committee Chairman Duane Preston said Wednesday the committee received an updated traffic study on Tuesday that addressed their concerns about the line of vehicles at the drive-thru at the Tim Hortons proposed for the site. . The state Department of Transportation has recommended that there be enough room to accommodate the expected line of vehicles at the drive-thru.

“The DOT recommended that the traffic study be complete. Our concern was the Tim Horton’s drive-thru queue (range of vehicles) and they recommended that would be fine,” he said .

Preston said the committee had been concerned in the past that traffic problems could arise when Dunkin’ and Tim Hortons opened.

“At our last meeting, we wanted a traffic study confirming that there would be enough room for the queue.

“Assessment of drive-thru queues during the morning rush hour showed that there is significant storage space to accommodate the traffic frequenting the proposed cafe,” Preston read from information provided by SRF Associates. , who carried out the traffic study.

“It was updated in June 2021. It was a brand new study,” Preston said. “It was based on the recommendations they had made on the previous traffic study for the previous month.”

Vehicles will be able to enter Quicklee’s through Noonan Drive and return through Noonan Drive,

New traffic generated by the project is expected to be 79 vehicles entering and 71 exiting Quicklee’s during weekday morning rush hours, and 53 entering and 55 exiting vehicles during evening rush hours.

“You’re going to see a little more traffic. You are going to see 79 more cars than before,” he said today. “It’s going to be a little busier…compared to people sitting in a sit-down restaurant (Bob Evans).

Preston said that at this point Quicklee’s is free to move forward with the project.

“They said they were still in negotiations with Tim Hortons on the building. They may need to come back to us for a sign-up when they find out if they are using Tim Hortons,” he said. “At this time, they have not confirmed their relationship with Tim Hortons.”

The committee does not want to see the former Bob Evans remain empty.

“It’s a wonderful location for Thruway traffic. It’s a nice project. We love people leaving the Thruway and spending money on gas and coffee. This is great for additional gasoline tax revenue.

The committee took no action regarding the preliminary review of the YNCA/UMMC Healthy Living Campus site plan. The plan would entail the removal of three buildings. The proposed new facility will include the construction of a two-story, 69,420 square foot building that will house a YMCA, medical offices, off-street parking, a new access point from Summit Street and numerous upgrades. day on the construction site and landscaping. throughout the complex.

“This was presented to us in the form of a site plan review proposal. They want to go straight to SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review), but we had a few other issues that we wanted to see smoothed out through the process. We wanted to soften the look of Main St. between GO ART! and the new Y,” Preston said. “The old plan called for additional parking in this area. We’d like to see it softened up with more green spaces…a small park-like setting. They’re going back to see if by eliminating a handful of parking spaces, that’s going to significantly hamper the parking situation. It shouldn’t be, but they have to have a certain number of parking spaces. They’re going to have to see what they can pack to stay within the code.

Preston said the committee will have to hold a public hearing into the proposed Summit Street entrance. The hearing is scheduled for the next meeting, August 17 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.

“A lot depends on the Summit Street entrance and green space,” he said.

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Leander: Austin Developer Brings 38,000 Square Foot Commercial PUD to City

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Featured Photo: Stantec’s conceptual site plan for the proposed PUD.

Posted: 07/19/2021

by Art Benavidez

Leander (Williamson County) – An Austin developer received approval for a conceptual site plan for an 8.5-acre Planned Business Unit (PUD) development at last week’s city council meeting.

The vertical construction will include several buildings totaling approximately 38,000 square feet. The property has also been converted from Urban Core (T6) to PUD, with Basic General Commerce (GC) zoning.

The undeveloped project site is located northeast of the intersection of Hero Way and US Highway 183.

Street view from the site. Image: Google Streets.

Lance Hughes proposes to develop the PUD, Leander’s Market, through the entity Transit Village Investment, LTD.

Tonya swartzendruver, urban planner in the Austin office Stantec, represented the Project and stated that Hughes proposes to divide the Project site into five plots.

“These lots will be enhanced with a 15,000 square foot commercial tenant, a multi-tenant store building and three stand-alone buildings that are expected to be occupied by food, financial, retail and / or service businesses,” a- she said in a letter submitted to the city. .

Stantec has published a conceptual sitemap with the following specifications:

  • Lot A (2.3 acres) 7,900 sq. Ft. ca., 82 parking spaces
  • Lot B (2 acres) 15,000 sq. Ft. Building. ca., 148 parking spaces
  • Lot C (1.7 acres) 8,300 square foot building, 97 parking spaces
  • Lot D (1.2 acres) 3,500 sq. Ft. Building, 36 parking spaces
  • Lot E (1.3 acres) 3,500 sq. Ft. Building, 40 parking spaces
  • Outdoor play area
  • Landscape buffer zone along the eastern boundary of the property
  • Proposed pylon signage

Stantec is also using its San Antonio office for the project. The PUD requires 90% of masonry buildings.

The development is currently in discussions with tenants Hat Creek, Sherwin Williams, Torchy, Pluckers/Walk on and Specifications among others.

VBX Project ID: 2021-53A5

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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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City Council approves Fareway site plan; Beaverdale store opens in 2022

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The construction of a Fareway Meat Market at 2716 Beaver Ave. in Des Moines is slated to begin this year after city council approved the site plan today. Architectural rendering by Simonson & Associates Architects LLC

A proposal to build a Fareway meat market in the Beaverdale neighborhood of Des Moines overcame a final hurdle today when city council approved the development site plan, reversing the plan and the zoning commission’s denial plan.

“We saw the excitement [for the development] just explode in Beaverdale, ”said board member Bill Gray, who represents the area. “It’s exciting to see the work being done to get something [the neighborhood] it will be a great magnet for businesses in Beaverdale.

The project, proposed at 2716 Beaver Ave., has been controversial since it became public that the Boone-based grocery chain planned to raze a house at 2723 41st Place to allow more parking for the store and improve traffic flow.

The parking lot includes a driveway on 41st Place and Urbandale Avenue. Neighbors were bitter about having more traffic on residential street at 41st Place. The zoning commission rejected the plan earlier this spring. But after Fareway made changes, the plan was approved by the board.

In June, the zoning commission rejected Fareway’s design of the 7,800 square foot building planned for the southwest corner of Beaver and Urbandale avenues where a vacant bank branch building currently sits. It was proposed that the store have only one entrance instead of at least two as required by city zoning standards. Additionally, concerns were raised that the building was incompatible with other commercial buildings in the Beaverdale area.

Fareway, after his officials met with those in town, agreed to replace the non-transparent spandrel glass windows with ornamental red bricks to better “accommodate the vibe of the” Beaverdale “neighborhood. according to a letter to the town of Fareway. He also added raised windows to the sides of the building that face Beaver and Urbandale avenues.

The grocer also made changes to the store entrance, giving it a more urban look, according to the letter.

However, the grocer was adamant that he would not add another entrance to the building due to safety and liability concerns. Additionally, “another entry is reducing our operational footprint, as we would have to cut commercial layouts, and further diminish the functionality of an already difficult development site,” wrote Koby Pritchard, attorney and property manager for Fareway, in the letter to the city.

The board, in a 6-0 vote today, approved the site plan and building design for the store. Mayor Frank Cownie was absent.

After the meeting, Garrett Piklapp, executive vice president of Fareway, said the grocer has been planning to build a store in the Beaverdale neighborhood for more than a decade.

“We worked on a lot of issues and the process did exactly what it was supposed to do – provide full transparency to the neighborhood and give people a chance to have their say,” he said.

Piklapp said the old bank will be demolished in the coming weeks. Construction of the store will begin once the debris has been removed from the site, he said.

According to the letter to the Town of Pritchard, construction materials have been ordered for the project, bids awarded and contractors planned.

The new store is slated to open in 2022, Piklapp said.

Old amendment to the Topgolf site plan directed to the planning committee

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KINGSTOWNE, VA – Now that Kingstowne Topgolf and adjacent Ruby Tuesday are closed, planning for the site’s future is underway. The Fairfax County Planning Commission will consider a comprehensive plan amendment after a revised residential plan has been proposed.

Several development concepts have been presented since 2016 for the site, located on South Van Dorn Street opposite the Kingstowne Towne Center. The site previously hosted the first US Topgolf site as well as a Ruby Tuesday, both closed. In 2015, the Board of Supervisors authorized the review of a plan amendment with residential uses of up to approximately 275 residential units and 20,000 square feet of retail.

The last concept proposed in April 2021 targets residential use but no longer offers commercial uses. The plan includes 164 townhouses and 44 stacked townhouses with a density of approximately 12 housing units per acre with affordable housing premiums. This is triple the current density forecast in the overall plan, 3 to 4 housing units per acre. The plan would fully consolidate the two plots of land that hosted Topgolf and Ruby Tuesday.

The latest proposal changes course from the previous proposals, which had residential and commercial uses. The first development proposal in 2016 called for 49 townhouses, a 137,000-square-foot multi-family building, and 70,000 square feet of retail. However, community and county staff were concerned about the viability of the retail business so close to central Kingstowne Towne, as well as compatibility with the surrounding community, traffic issues and stormwater management. Another obstacle was the separate ownership of Topgolf and Ruby Tuesday, and a consolidation agreement could not be reached at that time.

The previous proposal in 2019 called for 70 townhouses, 142 back-to-back townhouses, and 20,000 square feet of retail space designed as a food hall. The proposed density was a density of 12.47 housing units per acre, including affordable housing premiums. However, concerns regarding impacts on traffic, compatibility and stormwater management remained.

The action of the Planning Commission focuses on recommending a comprehensive plan for these plots of land. A rezoning request and final layout plan are under review by the county based on the new April 2021 proposal.

If the full plan recommendation changes from the current density of 3-4 units per acre, the townhouse development concept presented in April 2021 can be considered. The revised plan amendment would allow 10 housing units per acre plus affordable housing density bonuses under several conditions. The recommended plan change states that the density “may be appropriate if the development creates a high quality, pedestrian-friendly living environment with a distinct sense of place. “

The other conditions for modifying the revised plan would be as follows:

  • Residential units should be age restricted or designed to accommodate different ages and abilities
  • Shared use bath for pedestrians and cyclists at least 10 feet wide along the east side of South Van Dorn Street
  • Mitigation of transportation impacts on South Van Dorn Street and surrounding intersections. Explore a second entry and exit option. If mitigation measures are not possible, reduced intensity should be considered.
  • Healthy mature trees existing in buffer zones should be preserved. Buffer zones and adjacent open areas should receive additional evergreen, deciduous, and understory vegetation as appropriate.

The town planning commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday July 14 at 7:30 p.m. The public hearing of the supervisory board should take place on Tuesday September 14 at 4 p.m.

Walker’s latest industrial site plan seeks city approval

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WALKER – The Walker’s Planning Board will review a site plan for a 21,350-square-foot speculative industrial building north of I-96 on Wednesday.

Chad Mencarelli, from Land and Resource Engineering, requests the construction of an industrial building at 2853 Northridge Drive NW on behalf of the owner Blanch LLC Industrial Park. The developer seeks to house office space as well as storage and manufacturing uses for three occupants on the site. The site plan also includes parking and loading areas, as well as an extension of the sidewalks.

Officials at Blanch Industrial Park LLC and Land & Resource Engineering could not be reached for comment. Walker’s Town staff recommended approval of the site plan.

The project just north of I-96 is one of many neighboring industrial properties in various stages of development. More recently, the manufacturer of storage systems Speedrack Ltée product group. opened a new $ 65 million head office at 3060 South Industrial Drive NW in Walker.

The city also recently approved a new 285,000 square foot speculative industrial manufacturing building at 3501 Fruit Ridge Ave. NW for the company based in Ada Honeycrisp Ventures LLC, do business like Fruit Ridge HCV LLC.

Hornell approves site plan for new Alstom manufacturing building

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HORNELL – Bill Norton’s nephew, an Air Force first sergeant, was in town this weekend to visit the Hornell branch of the family.

Norton took him on a tour of town to keep abreast of the latest happenings after years of absence, and his nephew was struck by all the changes around Hornell – a new hospital, new housing developments, redeveloped buildings and new construction projects.

The tour finally took a turn through Shawmut Drive, where the stage is set for another great addition to Maple Town.

Earlier in the week, Hornell’s planning council and the town’s planning and development committee both unanimously approved the site plans for Alstom’s new car shell manufacturing building to be located in the Shawmut Industrial Park.

“He said, ‘This place is booming. I can’t believe the changes around here, ”recalls Norton. “‘This will put Hornell on the map.'”

Norton is a member of the Hornell Planning Board which approved Alstom’s site plan following a presentation attended by the company as well as the design and engineering offices involved in the project.

Construction of a new 135,000 square foot railcar manufacturing plant is planned at 3 Shawmut Park Dr., just north of the current Alstom 2 plant. Alstom expands presence in Hornell after company wins a contract with Metra to supply rail cars for the Chicago metro area. . Alstom officially received the initial order of $ 769 million for the first 200 cars in March with options for another 300. In total, the contract could total up to $ 1.8 billion.

Norton said the only concern raised by the Planning Council was the transport of the large shells through city streets as they are moved from one Hornell factory to another during the manufacturing process. The board of directors has been assured that transport will take place during off-peak hours. Planning is also underway to cut down some trees along the road and deal with utilities or public infrastructure that may need to be relocated to allow transportation.

“I felt a lot better after hearing their plan,” Norton said. “I don’t see Alstom doing anything to disturb people.”

The Town Planning Council and the Town Planning and Development Committee both got their first glimpse of a rendering of the building. The new facility will include 105,000 square feet of manufacturing space, 18,000 square feet of warehouse space and 12,000 square feet of office space.

Metra’s effort is expected to create approximately 250 new skilled manufacturing jobs at the Hornell plant and help preserve another 400 positions at Hornell.

“This is a very important step in helping to make this project a reality and bring 250 more jobs to Hornell,” said Mayor John Buckley of the approvals. “It is an exciting time for Alstom and the Hornell community.

When construction of the building is completed, the road will be redone and a new sidewalk will be installed allowing better pedestrian access to Shawmut Park.

“Looking at the plan, the aesthetics of the building are almost the same as the other buildings in the main factory,” Norton said. “It will make the area neat. I think it will make this whole area look better and hopefully get people back to work.

“A lot of people come down to Shawmut Park and take the trail there. It will improve this neighborhood and be really good for the city.

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Venice town planning council to review site plan for rehabilitation hospital

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VENICE – The Venice Town Planning Commission will examine the site and the development plan of a offer a rehabilitation hospital with 42 beds which would be operated by Post Acute Medical, just south of the new Sarasota Memorial Hospital Venice campus.

The proposed five-acre campus would house a 48,600 square foot facility and include a therapeutic garden. The entrance would be off Curry Lane, which is on the east side of Pinebrook Road, just south of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Venice Campus

The proposed PAM rehabilitation hospital in Venice would be the first of its kind opened in the state of Florida by Post Acute Medical in Enola, Pa.

This rendering shows a patient wing of the Post-Acute Medical Rehabilitation Hospital Project.

Post Acute also operates the PAM Specialty Hospital in Sarasota at 6150 Edgelake Drive, Sarasota, north of Bee Ridge Road and east of Interstate 75.

The inauguration of the rehabilitation hospital is slated for the third quarter of this year and completion is expected by the end of 2022.

The Venice facility would also offer outpatient rehabilitation services.

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Sarasota Memorial’s 365,000-square-foot full-service hospital is slated to open by the end of this calendar year, with construction slated for late 2022.

The proposed rehabilitation hospital is immediately east of a medical complex project which would be located on an adjacent 10 acre property owned by Casto Southeast Realty.

At least two other medical office buildings are targeted for separate plots in Sarasota County, on the north side of Laurel Road, west of the hospital.

This rendering shows the ambulance entrance to the Post Acute Medical Rehabilitation Hospital Project.

The planning committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber of Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave., Venice.

The public hearing on the site and the development plan is the first item on the agenda, after approval of the minutes.

Some members of the town planning committee can participate via Zoom.

The meeting will also be simultaneously broadcast live on the City’s website and via Zoom.

You can listen to the meeting by phone by dialing 1-929-205-6099 and when the meeting ID is requested, enter 856 0118 4333 then press the # key.

It can be viewed online at Click on “In progress” on the far right of the Town Planning Commission meeting on that date.

Public comment can be provided in writing to [email protected] or by regular mail to City Clerk Lori Stelzer, 401 W. Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34285.

Provide your full name and home address and, if you are a city business owner, provide the business name and address.

All comments received by noon on June 1 will be distributed to Planning Committee members and appropriate staff prior to the start of the meeting.

For Zoom, the meeting link or on a Zoom application with the ID 856 0118 4333.

To request a virtual speaking, you must complete the Request to speak form, available at the address

You must complete all required information or the form cannot be submitted.

Those in attendance in person can fill out a speaker card at the meeting, though the city still encourages virtual participation due to COVID-19 social distancing.

For more information or for assistance with questions for public comment, contact Lori Stelzer, City Clerk, [email protected] or 941-882-7390. For questions about connecting to the meeting: Christophe St. Luce, Chief Information Officer, [email protected] or 941-882-7425.

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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.

Site map approved for Ashwaubenon Chick-fil-A

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By Kevin Boneske

ASHWAUBENON – The village sitemap review committee voted Tuesday, March 16 in favor of a sitemap for the construction of a 4,872 square foot Chick-fil-A restaurant in the Bay Park Square parking lot next to South Oneida Street.

Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said the independent restaurant will be built immediately south of the mall’s Anderson Drive entrance.

Schuette said the Chick-fil-A will have 88 indoor and 16 outdoor seats, and will have two drive-thru lanes, parking lots, signage and associated utilities.

He said he’s cleared to locate by Bay Park Square as part of the property’s planned unit development (PUD).

Upon reviewing the site plan, Schuette said staff discovered that the building’s current setback, as planned, was 27.7 feet from the South Oneida Street right-of-way, although the removal of the street is currently 35 feet.

As a result, he said a condition of approval requires Ashwaubenon Village Council to amend the PUD to reduce the setback to 25 feet along South Oneida Street.

Schuette said a reduced setback would help the Chick-fil-A project and two other buildings on the property currently within the 35-foot setback.

He said the two non-compliant buildings could have ended up inside the existing setback due to the reconstruction of South Oneida Street with the acquisition of an additional right-of-way.

Schuette said construction on the restaurant cannot begin until the board of directors approves the setback reduction at its April meeting.

Impact on traffic

Schuette said the popularity of Chick-fil-A is expected to increase traffic in the mall and that the two drive-thru lanes will have a capacity of 37 vehicles.

“As staff we were concerned about the traffic generated and the potential impact on South Oneida Street,” he said. “Chick-fil-A hired a group (for a traffic impact analysis). “

Schuette said no engineering design issues are expected to affect South Oneida Street with a new Chick-fil-A, although some improvements are recommended for the internal path in the mall, such as a turn lane at dedicated right in the restaurant.

“We expect this Chick-fil-A to be a little more popular than your standard fast food restaurant,” he said.

Schuette said that TADI, the company responsible for the traffic impact analysis, used traffic data from a Chick-fil-A at Brookfield located in a shopping center to make design recommendations for the Bay Park Square internal path.

“As a staff, we recognize that traffic will likely be an issue for the Chick-fil-A,” he said. “We expect it to be very popular, which is a good thing.”

Schuette said he expects there may be a traffic slowdown on South Oneida Street in the first three to six months after the restaurant opens, due to the popularity of the Chick franchise. -fil-A.

“If there are any safeguards on South Oneida Street that require assistance from public safety for traffic control, direction, etc., the cost would be borne by Chick-fil-A,” he said. he declared. “It’s similar to any other business requiring public safety assistance for a large event. “

Schuette said the conditions of approval also include the implementation of recommendations for improving crosswalks and traffic islands in the traffic impact analysis, as well as an agreement with Ashwaubenon Public Safety regarding responsibility for costs associated with necessary traffic control.

Administrator Gary Paul has said he hopes a restaurant like Chick-fil-A will set up near Bay Park Square.

“I think it’s a good addition to the mall,” he said. “I think we will be very happy with the turnout that will occur there. “

Third wall panel

In another action, the committee approved a third wall sign for Chick-fil-A, so the restaurant will be able to have signs on the north, east and south elevations.

Under the village code, wall panels may be permitted on three sides of a building with the approval of the committee.

Planning Board approves site plan for Erie Boulevard. West car wash

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The Rome Planning Board approved the state environmental quality review and site plan review for Hoffman Development Corp. of Albany to build a 6,400 square foot car wash at 1315 Erie Blvd. W., the site of the former West Rome School, at its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

Despite opposition from community members and representatives of the Historical Society of Rome and Oneida County Historian Joseph Bottini stating that it is a historic site that must be preserved, the City officials and council said legally there was no reason the project couldn’t go ahead.

Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development Matthew J. Andrews answered questions throughout the meeting, adding that the project meets all city codes, as well as building and safety guidelines.

Before comments from city officials and board members, however, Andrews read comments submitted by the public, all of which opposed the construction of a car wash on the site.

“Please don’t let another historic building in Rome be destroyed,” commented Kathleen Haley, of Phoenix, Arizona and formerly of Lee, suggesting there are more suitable places in the city to build the lava. -auto. She wondered if the city had learned anything from the downtown construction and revitalization projects.

Michael Rescigno said it didn’t come down to whether Rome needed another car wash, but questioned why it had to be done at the expense of a historic building, asking Hoffman to change his plans .

A resident said just because the ancient school of western Rome isn’t on historical roles doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be. He mentioned the extensive renovations going on at the Capitol Theater right now, and how this building is only eight years older than the old school in Rome West.

“It still has all the original architecture and it can be proud of for the next 100 plus years if you allow it,” the local resident said. Former students “think that this proposal is a travesty towards the community”.

Those who oppose the project, as a group, “got a lawyer and through that lawyer they offered to buy out the property,” he said. “Just because this building can be destroyed doesn’t mean it should be. Listen to your community — those who live here and pay taxes here. Too much has already been destroyed.

William Rapke, who has previously spoken out against the demolition of the old school in West Rome, said Hoffman’s plans were “flawed in several respects” and that their “supporting documents are not complete”.

“They said they consulted with local authorities about the historical significance of the building, but that was never done,” Rapke said. He went on to say that there were also traffic problems in the area with the potential for more accidents at the intersection, as well as questions about sewage and its impact on the wetlands of the property.

It was also mentioned that through, Rapke collected over 1,300 signatures from people in favor of saving the old school.

“Please don’t continue the mistakes of the past,” he said, adding that county historian Joseph Bottini also wrote a column published in the local newspaper speaking on behalf of saving the old school demolition and preservation of local historic sites.

After reading the comments, Gavin Vuillaume, Landscape Architect at Environmental Design Partnership, Civil Engineer at 1315 Erie Blvd. W. Car Wash, and the proposed car wash at 1727 Black River Blvd., destroyed elements of the site plan that were questioned at the February planning committee meeting.

Vuillaume said they had a letter of signature responding to council’s concerns about an archaeological survey being carried out at the site, stating there was no impact on archaeological or architectural resources and that Hoffman was clear to develop the site. .

Another question from the last board meeting that Vuillaume responded to was the use of existing limestone from the West Rome School and its incorporation into the project. He said the limestone would be used as part of the commercial sign detailing, as well as as part of the historical marker that Hoffman proposed to place in front of the property, marking the location of the ancient School of Rome West.

“We propose to improve the sidewalk and create a small seating area with a few benches” on either side of the marker, Vuillaume said.

Planning Council Chairman Mark Esposito then asked if the group wanted to respond to some of the public comments made.

“The building had been for sale for several years…the whole place was kind of remodeled on the inside by the vet clinic and with the asbestos pollution it would cost over $100,000 to fix it. remove,” said Tom Hoffman Jr., owner of Hoffman Car Wash. & Jiffy Lube, in reference to what it would take to save the building.

“In addition, we do our due diligence. We have verified the “historical significance of the site” and have invested a great deal of time and energy and look forward to continuing construction to begin in the summer, with opening in the fall.”

As for an offer from opponents of the project to buy the building, “Their lawyer contacted us and I replied that we weren’t interested in selling it,” Hoffman said. “She hasn’t made a monetary offer and I haven’t received a response from her, so I don’t know where that stands.”

Hoffman also offered that if the city had other ideas for the location of the historic marker, green space, and seating area, it was open to suggestions.

“I have empathy for the people who went to school there, but it is a private building and sale, and there is nothing in the city or the federal statutes – nothing to warrant the board not approving this project and issuing a negative SEQR statement that I can see,” Chairman Esposito said.

In his comments to council, Andrews said the SEQR and site plan comply with land use and zoning regulations, that it would not “adversely impact traffic volume, that ‘there is no adverse impact on existing facilities or changes to natural resources’ and ‘it is not expected to create a hazard to environmental resources or human health’.

Andrews said: “The proposed action will result in the removal of a structure that is valuable to some members of the community, but there are no established local laws” to prevent approval of the project. The building sits “outside the local historic district boundary…and has been determined not to be eligible for the Register of Historic Places.”

Andrews also added that because Hoffman Development has not accepted any (federal) funds for the project, they are under no obligation to restore or protect the property.

“They have offered to use existing stone as part of the project and are offering a historic marker that matches the existing cobblestones in the right-of-way,” he said. “And the historical marker was developed in good faith.”

At the end of the meeting, Hoffman also offered that RHS Executive Director Arthur L. Simmons III visit the site before demolition and construction began, with an expected start in the spring.

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.

About the Hollingsworth Companies

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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Site plan approved for a five-storey building along Mike McCarthy Way –

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By Kevin Boneske
Personal editor

ASHWAUBENON – A site plan for the first of what could become several buildings along Mike McCarthy Way was approved Tuesday, Jan. 26, by village council.

Merge Urban Development previously entered into a development agreement with the village to build the project on property owned by the Ashwaubenon Community Development Authority on the north side of Mike McCarthy Way between Holmgren Way and South Ashland Avenue.

Merge plans to construct a five-story mixed-use building with 3,100 square feet of commercial space on the first floor, 88 multi-family residential units on the second through fifth floors, and a 12,000 square foot climbing gym on the east side of the building. building.

Community development manager Aaron Schuette said the L-shaped building will have a public courtyard in front and off-street parking along the west and north sides of the building with underground parking not possible in the area due to the slick groundwater.

Schuette said the approved site plan only included the residential and commercial parts of the project, with the exterior elevations of the climbing gym not ready for submission at this time, but would be considered for a future. site review by Site Plan Review Committee, Plan Commission. and the board of directors.

“It’s a beautiful building, and I love that it’s all masonry,” said village president Mary Kardoskee. “He will be really beautiful for a long time.”

Schuette said conditions for approval include that the exterior of the climbing gym be submitted separately for review of the site plan, coordinating with the public works and forestry departments regarding the feasibility of the proposed flowerbeds on along Mike McCarthy Way and all metal wall panels using fully concealed fasteners.

He said the project would also involve cutting a new driveway and closing an existing one, which will require the restoration of on-street parking spaces.

With a development agreement already approved for the project, Schuette said Merge is in the process of obtaining a certified survey map approved to combine two parcels into one to facilitate development of the site.

He said construction of the building could begin this year.

Administrator Gary Paul said he hopes the development will attract more people to the area.

“There is more land there that could be used for other developments,” he said. “I think it’s going well, and like I said, we’re getting another great structure.”

St. Petersburg publishes the development proposals for the Trop site

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The city of St. Petersburg has released seven proposals for redeveloping the Tropicana Field site that include plans with and without a baseball stadium.

The plans, released late Tuesday afternoon, showcase the green spaces around Brooker Creek and include affordable housing options as the city expands.

Mayor of Saint Petersburg Rick kriseman announced Tuesday morning that the city would publish the advance proposals to redevelop the historic site of Trop.

The announcement came amid the Kriseman news rejected the last proposal of the Tampa Bay Rays for a new stadium on the site of Tropicana Field.

The city has a commentary section on the Web page so that residents can give their opinion on each of the development proposals.

Once Kriseman and his staff review all of the comments received through the webpage, his administration will create a shortlist of proposals, and from there the city will go through another candidate selection process.

The city will review the proposals with 26 professionals, looking at development under the aspects of sustainability, health, public policy, economic development, job creation and equity, especially for the African American community who have been moved with the existing site Too much has been developed.

Here’s a look at what each has to offer:

Downtown development

Midtown Development is a Florida-based company that offers the site as a pedestrian-scale mixed-use neighborhood called “Creekside.”

It seeks to fill the site with office, retail, hotel, civic and residential spaces with “Immediate focus on breaking down the physical and metaphysical barriers that have unfairly deprived the African-American community and the heritage of St. Petersburg,” according to the proposal.

The edge of the stream proposal comprises over 10,000 housing units, of which 1,000 are designated low and middle income residential units and certified green.

The plan also includes the heritage trail, to celebrate and honor the history of the site, as well as a central park near the creek, which would also have a walkway for the water pavilion.

The plan also highlights a plaza as a pedestrian area, filled with greenery and benches, as well as a walking area.

The eastern end of the site would have a commercial development, an innovation campus, and a hotel and conference center. The middle of the site with Booker Creek would be the destination and entertainment hub for the whole city. The west would act as a neighborhood.

The Pinellas County Urban League is part of the development team.

The total cost would vary based on density options determined by square footage. If the city opts for the 10.5 million square feet, the expected cost is $ 2.75 billion and for 14.2 million square feet, $ 3.75 billion.

Portman Holdings, Third Lake Partners

Developers in this group have already completed several developments in St. Petersburg, including ONE St. Pete, a 253-unit, 41-story luxury residential building in the city center.

The proposal Describes accommodations targeted at a variety of family sizes and income levels, including affordable accommodations, as well as a 400-key hotel with 50,000 square feet of meeting space. Regarding residential space, the proposal provides for 3,900 units.

A technology-driven research campus is envisioned to be occupied by a larger user of educational or healthcare institutions to help spur innovation and catalyze local research and development activities.

The site would also create a cultural space and amphitheater to be occupied by museums, arts organizations or other creative users.

This proposal, without the ball park, would cost $ 2.6 billion.

SROA, Holabird & Root, ARGO

This proposal will feature several mixed-use spaces, as well as a tech campus, a baseball museum and an open-air amphitheater.

In terms of housing, the plan includes 50% affordable multi-family apartments and 50% at market rate, or about 2.3 million square feet of apartments, or about 2,100 units.

The proposal includes up to 470,000 square feet of retail space.

The plan includes up to 675,300 square feet of office space to be used for the expansion of successful local businesses in marine and life sciences, financial services, data analytics, specialty manufacturing, creative arts and design.

This plan is estimated at $ 2.67 billion.

Sugar Hill Community Partners, JMA Ventures

This group of developers completed the St. Pete Pier approach.

The proposal set a target of transforming 35 to 40% of the total residential units on the site into affordable housing, and an additional 10 to 15% into workforce housing. It would also designate some of the units available to local artists to offer an “artist in residence” program.

The developers also plan to partner with Three Daughters Brewing and the Florida Brewers Guild to develop a mentorship program to support, educate and empower a local entrepreneur to become one of Florida’s first minority-owned breweries.

Their plan includes a 650,000 square foot convention center and an associated 500 room hotel.

It also has a 500,000 square foot technology campus to provide office, research and creative space for the facility.

It would also include a new park around Booker Creek, which “would be enhanced with public gathering spaces and both passive and active features.” The site would include a “historic walk” to honor the history of the site.

This plan would cost $ 3 billion.

TRS Development Services

This proposal promises that small businesses will make up at least 50% of its retail space.

He plans to create a public recreation area around Brooker Creek.

The development would also include a minimum of 50,000 square feet of conference space attached to a large flagship hotel and would include space for higher education.

This plan would include a community cultural center on the ground floor of the East Hotel, with the aim of educating the community about the history and culture of the city.

The total cost to the city is estimated at $ 475 million. More general costs have not been included in the proposal.

National Development Unicorp

Unicorp plan would create “Petersburg Park”, which would be filled with outdoor and green spaces.

The developers noted that they would offer three months of rent-free occupancy to any small business that moves to Petersburg Park or a new business that chooses to relocate there.

The proposal would create approximately 3,450 units, spread across a variety of housing types such as residential uses above retail and commercial spaces, living and working spaces. About 900 units would be dedicated to affordable housing.

The site would also house 312,000 square feet of retail and lifestyle, 288,000 square feet for higher education, 155,000 square feet of office space and a 66,000 square foot conference center and hotel. of 400 keys.


The developers involved in this proposal have been working with St. Petersburg for almost 15 years.

The proposal projects that 1,286 units, approximately 58% of the total residential units in the plan, would represent affordable housing and labor / multi-family housing.

The residences would be integrated throughout the site, with six plots dedicated to affordable housing occupying the west side and several other mixed-income towers adjacent or to the east.

The plan also includes a hotel and conference space, industrial space for business schools, street-level retail, food and entertainment.

The estimated construction cost is $ 2.42 billion.

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Final site plan approved for Great Lakes Power Products new global headquarters in Madison Village – News-Herald

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Great Lakes Power Products has taken one step closer to the start of construction of its new global headquarters in Madison Village.

The final site plan for the company’s 110,000-square-foot building was approved by the Madison Village Planning Commission at a meeting last week.

In formally expressing support, the commission provided administrative approval of the project for purposes such as zoning, development of a stormwater management plan and architectural overhaul, said village administrator Dwayne. Bailey.

Panel members voted unanimously in favor of the plan, which now goes to the Lake County government for further consideration. The county will review the company’s plan for items that include construction practices and compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.

Lake County will also issue building permits for the company’s project.

Great Lakes Energy Products, who is currently based at Mentor, intends to construct a new building on River Street, also known as Route 528. The project will be built on a property bordering the southeast side of the Interstate 90 interchange and Route 528, and extending south to Route 307.

“We spent a lot of time designing the building and developing this structure,” said Harry Allen Jr., president and founder of Great Lakes Power Products, at the December 21 meeting. “And at the end of the day, that’s going to be a huge plus for the Village of Madison and Lake County.”

The company will consolidate its current head office at 7455 Tyler Blvd. in Mentor with a service center, it operates at 3691 Shepard Road in Perry Township and relocates them to the new building in Madison.

Plans call for the company to create 50 full-time jobs with a total annual payroll of $ 3 million at Madison Village site.

The planning commission, in addition to giving its blessing to the final site plan, approved the subdivision of the land the company purchased to build its headquarters and accommodate other commercial developments. In the northwest corner of the company’s property bordering I-90 and Route 528, a new Love’s Travel Stop will be built. Love’s also received final approval of its project’s site plan at the December 21 meeting.

Great Lakes Power Products headquarters will occupy 15 acres and Love’s Travel Stop is under construction on 18 acres, Bailey said. Overall, the land purchased for development by Great Lakes Power Products consists of approximately 48 acres.

The subdivision stipulates how the property will be legally reconfigured for what’s built on it, Bailey explained.

“The boundaries need to be changed to accommodate the new public road that will be there and to create a site for Love’s and a site for Great Lakes Power,” Bailey said. “It is therefore the resubdivision of the land, the creation of new property lines and the new dedicated public road that will divide the property in two. “

Construction of lakes, based in the Township of Painesville, serves as the design-build company for Great Lakes Power Product’s new global headquarters. Bill Vondra, an engineer and consultant hired by Lakeland Construction for the project, attended the December 21 meeting.

Planning Commission chairman Mark Vest asked Vondra when the land would be inaugurated for the project.

“We will start moving the earth as soon as we can,” he said. “The big deal is the weather constraints and controlling soil runoff and all the good things to keep the environment happy.”

Vondra said some of the Army Corps of Engineers permits are in place for the Great Lakes Power Products and Love sites.

Great Lakes Power, founded in 1973, is a distributor, manufacturer and rebuilder of full lines of power transmission products and accessories. The company consists of 13 sites nationwide with a total workforce of around 160 employees, said Andrea Morris, vice president of Great Lakes Power Products, who is the daughter of Harry Allen Jr.

In February, the company received an economic incentive grant from Madison Village for the construction of its headquarters.

The grant contract says the company intends to spend around $ 9 million on the construction of buildings and grounds and $ 2 million on machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures.

The grant allows the village to help the company finance the construction project, provided the company maintains a workforce of at least 50 full-time employees and a payroll of $ 3 million per year, for a period of one 10 year period.

Editor’s Note: This story was edited at 1:40 p.m. on December 29, 2020, to correctly indicate Lakeland Construction’s role in the project.

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.
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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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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.

The development plan for the Muhlenberg hospital site is moving forward

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The facade of Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield in 2009. The hospital closed in 2008 after 131 years of operation.

PLAINFIELD – Plans to redevelop the long-vacant 10.8-acre Muhlenberg Hospital site at the intersection of Park Avenue and Randolph Road took another step forward this week.

In a 5-2 vote, city council members on Monday approved a financial deal with developer Muhlenberg Urban Renewal LLC of Bloomfield that will bring the city more than $ 10 million in revenue over 30 years.

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Councilors Bridget Rivers and Diane Toliver voted against the ordinance. The project has already been approved by the city’s planning council, officials said.

Several residents have spoken out against the $ 56 million mixed-use project that provides 120 market-priced luxury one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as a 186,000 square foot medical complex.

2008 Statehouse protests to save Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield.  The state approved the hospital to close later that year.

A resident expressed concern that Centennial Hall meeting space would be destroyed as part of the redevelopment plan.

A resident of Carlton Avenue said she was opposed to anything other than a hospital on the Muhlenberg property.

Alan Goldstein, a resident of Madison Avenue, asked if the agreement made provisions for employment of residents or businesses in the city. He said that otherwise he would not approve of the plan.

Carlos Sanchez, deputy city administrator for economic development, said 40 percent of the project is reserved for Plainfield contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. In addition, the project provides for 200 construction jobs and when completed, around 600 jobs are expected to be made available to city residents.

“It’s in the deal, it’s black and white,” Sanchez said.

A Hillside Avenue resident, a retired teacher who lives about 20 homes from the Muhlenberg property, said the hospital has always been a good employer and a good neighbor.

She believes Plainfield doesn’t need more apartments and noted that it’s not near a transit hub that would encourage people to move in. She also thinks the 120 apartments with high-end granite countertops won’t suit an area that’s primarily single-family homes.

Lilas Borsa said the hospital was one of the reasons she moved to Plainfield in 2000.

“We have enough apartments that have already been built or are in the process of being built. I don’t know how many more apartments we can build,” Borsa said, adding that the city should attract doctors and hospitals. , or put a park on the site.

City Councilor Cory Storch asked what has been done to market the property.

Sanchez said the city started working on the project in early 2014. He said consultants had been hired to review the best use of the property and that there had been around seven meetings with residents before that the city does solicit requests for proposals.

He said the city is still looking to bring a medical item back to the property, but New Jersey is not issuing any certificates of need for new hospitals, and none are planned for the next 15 to 20 years.

With the tenders, the city received six concepts and Muhlenberg’s urban renewal plan was deemed the best for the site.

“It is not a hospital and we understand that,” Sanchez said, adding that a hospital on the site is simply not feasible or supported by the market.

He added that every year the hospital building continues to deteriorate. If the city does not move forward with the proposal, the building will remain empty and become a danger to the safety of the community.

The deal calls for Muhlenberg Urban Renewal to pay the city $ 442,968 per year in lieu of property taxes. Residential units on site are expected to be completed within 18-30 months of receiving approvals. The deadline for medical practices is 18 to 60 months after approvals.

The state approved the hospital shutdown in 2008, about five months after Solaris Health Care System, which owned the 396-bed acute care facility with JFK Medical Center, announced plans to shut it down.

Toliver said a municipal complex on the site would have been a good idea. She asked why this had not been taken into account.

“It’s not that we haven’t looked at it,” Sanchez said, adding that a new municipal complex would cost more than $ 90 million, a price the city cannot afford, while leaving the existing city hall, annex and municipal court buildings empty and developers would consider housing only for these sites.

“It’s a great idea, but it’s not the right place,” Sanchez said.

But Toliver said the city’s existing municipal buildings are old and work to update them could ultimately reach $ 90 million anyway.

“It’s like you choose your battle,” Toliver said. “Repair, repair and repair, these buildings are old and we are constantly investing money in them.”

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Newark Riverfront Stadium Site Development Design Released

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Design details have been published on the site redevelopment of Riverfront Bears & Eagles Stadiumthe former home of Newark Bear.

Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium opened in 1999 as the home of the Bears, then the Independent Atlantic League. The Bears were greeted with strong attendance numbers in their early years – and big names such as Jose Canseco, Rickey Henderson and Jose Lima adapted to the team – but an eventual drop in attendance did not. could be stopped, even after the change of club. to the Can Am League for the 2011 season. The final version of the Bears folded after the 2013 seasonand all assets were liquidated, leaving the city with an asset with a debt of 14 million dollars. From there, the baseball stadium hosted the high school, Rutgers University, newark and New Jersey Institute of Technology baseball.

In a plan that has been in the works for some time, Lotus Equity will demolish the stadium. This will pave the way for a mixed-use development on the site, including apartments and offices. More from Bloomberg:

Lotus Equity Group has appointed four architectural firms to collaborate on the design of the 2.3 million square foot (214,000 square meter) development, which would also include retail stores and open space, according to preliminary plans. The site of the former Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium is within walking distance of trains to Manhattan and the campuses of Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

“We want to bring in different experts,” Ben Korman, chief executive of New York-based Lotus, said in an interview. “We wanted to harness the knowledge around us and, to some extent, around the world, for a quality middle-class neighborhood. Each will bring their own sensibility, but ultimately work together to make it work.

Lotus completed its purchase of the property last November and is set to begin construction sometime in 2018. Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners will serve as the official architect for the development project, along with Michael Green Architecture, Ten Arquitectos and The UPA is also involved in the project.

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About Zach Spedden

Zach Spedden is a Ballpark Digest contributor. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in February 2014 and a Master of Arts in Emerging Media from Loyola University Maryland in September 2015. Zach resides in Baltimore.

Bettendorf Approves Credit Union Site Development Plan | Government and politics

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The Bettendorf City Council approved the site plan for the Middle Road branch of the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, paving the way for more development in the city.

The proposed 5,600 square foot development is located at 4060 Middle Road, just south of Woodfield Drive and north of Lindquist Ford.

This is the second development project approved by City Council for the Crown Pointe 12th Addition.

Greatest Grains intends to install a 12,000 square foot store on the land adjacent to the credit union.

Built to Suit, Inc. is the developer of the project.

Community Development Director Bill Connors said the building will resemble the Credit Union’s 53rd Street location.

Jim Kelly, the credit union’s senior vice president of marketing, said the branch was for expanding its customers.

In the first 10 months of the year, its membership grew by 45% in Scott County.

With the Greatest Grains project raising concerns from neighbors about potential traffic issues, 3rd Ward Alderman Debe LaMar also asked how the city would handle increased traffic from the property.

Greatest Grains and the University of Iowa Credit Union will also share an aisle.

Connors said the project meets the city’s requirements and the city has been in communication with both projects about those concerns.

The same traffic problems were addressed by the Planning and Zoning Commission, which unanimously approved the project.

Connors told the planning commission that a traffic light was not warranted at this time, but could be reconsidered in the future.