P&Z approves new condo development

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Uptowne supporters may have achieved a victory to create urban-style living in the Core City area.

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission conditionally approved a rezoning case that could bring condos to W. Lexington Avenue.
“This is the type of development envisioned in the Core City Plan and is exactly the type of urban development we would like to see more of,” said Wendy Fuscoe, executive director of The City Project.
At the meeting, Riedco requested a text amendment to remove the 5-acre minimum size requirement for the Planned Unit Development-Limited District. This amendment was approved 6-1 with Carson Lomax dissenting. Riedco requested the rezoning of 0.64 acres on W. Lexington near Long Street. Peter Freeman of Freeman Kennett Architects has been working with David Riedlinger, owner of Riedco, to develop two four-story condominium buildings at 205 and 207 W. Lexington Ave. The parcels were zoned conditional use-limited office district and residential single family. Commissioners approved the rezoning unanimously after hearing several comments for and against it.
“This is a dynamite project, and it will breathe new life into High Point,” said Richard Wood, a Core City resident and a board member of The City Project.
Many others spoke in favor of the project, commending the positive effect it will have on the surrounding community.
Some residents of Hillcrest Drive spoke against the rezoning because of how it would affect their properties.
“I’m concerned about the runoff because I already have a tremendous amount of runoff from the lots in question,” said Sally Corrigan, a resident of Hillcrest Drive.
Other residents also expressed concerns about the runoff as well as privacy. The multi-family dwelling can be up to 50 feet high, and many residents feared that would allow people to see into their backyards and into their windows.
Riedlinger addressed this concern by increasing the proposed 5-foot opaque fence to 8 feet and requiring the planting yard in the rear of the building to be 100 percent evergreen instead of 50 percent.
Commissoners favorably recommended the case with a note to city council that the developer meet with the city’s transportation department to discuss right-of-way and meet with neighbors to discuss how to fix the runoff issue. A City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 18.

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