A site plan for a new retail building requiring some variances was approved by this week 4-1 by the City Council. Mac’s Investments LLC owner Barney Brown plans to build a four-tenant shopping center.
The 4,914-square-foot building will be on the southeast corner of 12th Street and Broadway. Mac’s Investments owns the entire block between 12th Street and 13th Street.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner voted against the project with a concern for inadequate parking for the size of the building.
Limitations on the site prompted the need for variances, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner. Variances that were granted included 18 parking spaces instead of the 25 as required by the city.
“Any business that goes in there is going to take a hard look at parking availability,” said Nick Massey, city councilman. “I don’t think they will have a high volume retailer wanting to go there.”
In addition, Brown will be responsible for planting requirements but not the 10 percent landscaping requirement.
A sensitive border variance was approved for the east side of the 14,607-square-foot lot to allow 18.9 feet instead of 70 feet. A variance was allowed for a 40-foot setback on the yard along Broadway, rather than the required 50-foot setback.
“I’m very familiar with the site and I believe this is a significant upgrade,” Mayor Charles Lamb said in considering an old parcel predating current city codes.
Brown cleared the storage buildings that were on the former car lot, as well as gasoline tanks from a former service station business, Schiermeyer said.
Brown agreed that there will never be a restaurant on the property, alleviating the Fire Department’s concern that no sprinklers will be provided.
“This is a very difficult piece of property to build anything on that is economically viable,” Massey said. “So I applaud the developer, the owner for at least trying to get something good that is going to be attractive to the business community.”
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