Friday, February 24, 2017

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE: RAP Rezoning & Beaty Street Project review

Things are moving fast on some important items out of Town Hall and the meeting date for the next Board meeting has changed.

From Town Hall...

The Town of Davidson Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday, February 27 instead of Tuesday, February 28. They will meet in the Davidson Town Hall board room at 4:00 p.m. for their work session and at 6:00 p.m. for their regularly scheduled work session.

The agenda can be found here.

The agenda includes two very hot topics for town.  At the 4pm session, there is an agenda item titles RAP Implementation "review changes" .  There is no detail around what that may be.  aShortChronicle has reported extensively on this controversial subject including the recent effort on a petition to stop it from moving forward as planned.  That petition can be found here and  as of Friday AM has 544 signatures.

That's a lot of voters to upset in an election year if the Town proceeds as-is.

The second item on the main agenda regards the Beaty Street RFP.

aShortChronicle has learned that the list is now down to one project, a project called "The Luminous" from Davidson Development Partners, LLC.

According to Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum:

"The Beaty Street selection committee met on February 15 to vote on a developer for the property. They voted to move ahead with the ‘Luminous” proposal.  The vote was four in favor of Luminous, one in favor of Blue Heel, and two abstentions.  The committee members that abstained wanted it to be clear that they abstained due to objections voiced in the letters to the board of commissioners from their neighborhoods on February 13 and 14."

It is unknown what was in those letters, but they must have been interesting.  Unfortunately we have not had time to track that down.

The Luminous proposal includes a 100 room hotel.  A specific Hotel chain is not mentioned, but this sets up a potentially interesting competition between a hotel as part of a town promoted project and the hotel that is being proposed at Exit 30 next to CSD.

aShortChronicle has also learned this week that the Exit 30 hotel developer plans to submit a revised plan sometime soon.  Check here for that.

The Luminous hotel appears to fit within town guidelines where as the Exit 30 hotel will be looking for at least a height variance and likely a parking variance.

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