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City Council to consider rezoning for small business startup

SALISBURY — A “modular unit village” for start-up businesses could move closer to reality Tuesday as the City Council considers a rezoning request from landowner Frances McCray.

The three parcel, 1.421-acre property at North Long and East 11th streets is currently zoned for heavy industrial use. McCray has requested a rezoning to corridor mixed use, which would allow for retail uses at the site dubbed Grace Village.

McCray, a former teacher, acquired several modular units no longer used by the school system. She has leased one of the units to an insurance office and beauty salon with success, said City Councilwoman Karen Alexander during an April 9 Planning Board meeting.

Alexander spoke as the developer of the project through her firm, KKA Architecture.

The goal of the village is to provide affordable opportunities for small business owners and local entrepreneurs.

In other business Tuesday, the council will hold two called meetings:

• At 1 p.m., the council will discuss the capital improvement plans for Salisbury-Rowan Utilities and the general fund.

• At 4 p.m., the council will receive a final report on the public transportation master plan.

In other business on the 6 p.m. meeting agenda:

• The council will review a draft action plan and budget for the use of Community Development Block Grant and HOME program funding.

The projected $472,795 in federal money comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

According to a request submitted by City Planner Kyle Harris, the money will be used to meet the goals of the city’s 2015-19 consolidated plan, a list of local priorities for using public resources to assist low- and moderate-income residents.

Harris said the money will be used to continue city investment in owner-occupied housing rehabilitation for low- and moderate-income homeowners. It also allocates funding for construction of sidewalks along West Monroe Street in the West End neighborhood.

Sidewalk installation is planned on West Monroe Street from Brenner Avenue to Grim Street to address neighborhood concerns about pedestrian safety and walkability, Harris said. The project will also connect the existing sidewalk or greenway at Brenner to Livingstone College.

Construction is projected to begin in 2019-20.

• The council will receive an update on crime and Salisbury Police Department staffing for the first quarter of 2019.

• The council will hear an update on the Cheerwine Festival, to be held May 18.

• The council will consider appointments to the Planning Board and Fair Housing Committee.

Two are needed for the Fair Housing Committee. Applicants include David Treme, Jamella Martin, Brenda Brown, Meghan Ketterman, Melissa Summers, Gemale Black, Lisa Kelley, Jonathan Coarsey, Michael Martelli, Skip Wood, Anthony Smith, Crystal Jackson and Renee Wimbish MacNutt.

Two are needed for the Planning Board. Applicants include Robert Wood, William James, Ronald Bryant, Gemale Black, Jonathan Coarsey, Wesley Hamrick, Jonathan Leach, Nicholas Hill, Crystal Jackson, William Clements, Mark Hill and Liliana Spears.

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