CUP20-0002-Request for Increased Height in Downtown Commercial in the Midtown Development

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CUP20-0002-Conditional Use Permit Request for Additional Height in the Downtown Commercial zoning district for the Blacksburg Police Department Headquarters and Parking Garage in the 200 block of Clay Street SE on 1.571 acres in the Midtown Development including portions of Tax Parcel 257-A218 and Tax Parcel 257-A-94A by the Town of Blacksburg and Midtown Redevelopment, LLC

 

The Town of Blacksburg is reviewing a conditional use permit application for additional height for the proposed Blacksburg Police Department Headquarters and parking garage on a 1.571-acre parcel located along Clay Street and Church Street in the Midtown development.  The parcel will have frontage on Clay Street and the new segment of Church Street which will be constructed as part of the Midtown development.  

 

A portion of the 1.571 acre site is currently owned by the Town and the remainder is owned by Midtown Redevelopment Partners, LLC.  A lot line adjustment is currently under administrative review by the Town that will reconfigure existing lots and result in an exchange of property with Midtown Redevelopment Partners, LLC such that all of the 1.571-acre site will be under the ownership of the Town of Blacksburg.  Both the Town and Midtown Redevelopment Partners, LLC are applicants for this request as they are both property owners at this time.  The parcel is zoned Downtown Commercial (DC) and was part of the May 2019 rezoning of the Midtown development on what is commonly referred to as the Old Blacksburg Middle School site.  

 

The Blacksburg Police Department Headquarters will be a two story building with the main entrance located at the intersection of Clay Street and Church Street with the multi-story parking garage attached.  The parking garage will serve the Police Department and the Midtown development. 

 

The additional height is requested to accommodate the parking garage that will front the interior commons area of the Midtown development and the Clay Court condominiums.  The parking garage may be a 6-story or 7-story structure and includes roof mounted solar panels.  Building height is measured from the corner of Clay Street and the new segment of Church Street.  The maximum height proposed in the application is 86’ for a 7-story garage with solar panels.  Additional height in the DC district can be considered through the Conditional Use Permit public hearing process. The maximum height allowed by-right in the DC district is 60’. 

 

The following meetings have been scheduled to consider this application:

Neighborhood Meeting
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 6:30 PM in the Blacksburg Motor Company Building, 400 S. Main St.
This is an informal meeting that will give the applicant the opportunity to present the plans and provide attendees with the opportunity to ask questions.  A staff member from the Planning Department will forward the notes from the meeting to the Planning Commission and Town Council.
Town Council Work Session
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 11:00 AM in the Blacksburg Motor Company Building, 400 S. Main St.
 The Town Council will review the request. There will be an opportunity for the applicant to present the proposal.  The public is welcome to attend, however this is not a public hearing and there will not be an opportunity for public comment. 
Planning Commission Work Session

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Work Session cancelled. Will be rescheduled at a later date.

 The Planning Commission will review the request and the staff report.  There will be an opportunity for the applicant to present the proposal.  The public is welcome to attend, however this is not a public hearing and there will not be an opportunity for the public comment.
Town Council Work Session

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 11:00 AM

Work Session will be rescheduled at a later date.

 The Town Council will review the request, the staff report and Planning Commission's recommendation.  There will be an opportunity for the applicant to present the proposal.  The public is welcome to attend, however this is not a public hearing and there will not be an opportunity for public comment.
Planning Commission Public Hearing
Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 7:30 PM
Public Hearing cancelled.  Will be rescheduled at a later date.
 The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the request and make a recommendation to Town Council.  There will be an opportunity for the applicant and the public to comment.
 Town Council Public Hearing

Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Public Hearing cancelled. Will be rescheduled at a later date.

 The Town Council will hold a public hearing on the request and take final action.  There will be an opportunity for the applicant and the public to comment.

 

 Please contact Kinsey O'Shea, Town Planner or Kali Casper, Assistant Planning Director at 540-443-1300 or by email at koshea@blacksburg.gov and kcasper@blacksburg.gov if you have any questions about this application.

 Staff Report

200 Clay Street SE Complete Staff Report 03-13-2020 - CUP20-0002

200 Clay St. SE - Memo to Town Council - 03-05-2020 - CUP20-0002 (pdf)

 

 

Application

200 Clay Street SE - Application - 02-03-2020 - CUP20-0002 (pdf)