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City Council to consider Innes Street office building plans Tuesday

By Noelle Edwards
Salisbury City Council on Tuesday will consider plans for a two-story office building at 1817 E. Innes St.
Sam Collins of Gamewell Engineering has asked that an unused half-acre of property east of the Rowan County Health Department have a Conditional District overlay placed on it that would allow the structure to be built.
The proposed building would be 5,886 square feet, with a future expansion of 1,500 square feet.
The base district, a Residential Mixed-Use zoning, would not change. Neither would the existing overlay, a General Development-A overlay.
The Salisbury Planning Board held a courtesy hearing and reviewed the request at its meeting July 28.
The board voted 8-0 to recommend approval, though it said the plan isn’t completely consistent with the Vision 2020 plan. It recommended approval because the changes were necessary based on the topographic challenges on that plot of land, the board’s statement said.
There will be a public hearing as part of Tuesday’s council meeting.
Another issue to be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting is the closure of an alley in the 100 block of East Bank Street.
An alley closing must not be contrary to public interest and not keep people from getting into or out of their property.
An Aug. 10 memo from Wendy Brindle, a traffic engineer for the city, to Dan Mikkelson, Engineering and Development Services director, said those conditions seem to be met in this case.
A public hearing on this issue will take place at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
Also on the agenda for Tuesday is a narrowing of traffic lanes on West Henderson Street next to Rowan Regional Medical Center. The proposal is to provide a 15-minute parking area on a portion of the south side of West Henderson Street and a centerline. Travel lanes would be 12 feet wide.
Other issues to be discussed at Tuesday’s City Council meeting include:
– An amendment to the Gables at Kepley Farms site plan. There will be an opportunity for public comment.
– Demolition by the Housing Inspector of the structure at 901 Bringle Ferry Road. According to city code, the cost of demolition would pass on to the homeowners in the form of a lien.
– A request from the Economic Development Commission for the city to act as an agent to transmit a $206,000 grant from the state’s “One N.C. Fund” to the Henkel Corporation. The state requires a local municipality to be the agent for disbursing the funds. The city would not be liable if the company were to fail to perform.


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