2018-10-06 / News

Housing Development Design Receives Green Light, Heads to Commission

The city council has approved the site plan for the new city housing development intended for year-around residents. Two buildings with six apartments each will be built in the first phase, which council members hope will begin yet this fall. After much debate over certain aspects of the design, the plans will now be passed along to the Planning Commission, which will review the application at its next meeting Tuesday, October 9, at 3 p.m. in City Hall.

The city council finally signed off on the development Wednesday, September 26. The plans include council requests for detached storage sheds and options to add a three-bedroom apartment to each building. The other important issue, how much the development will cost the city, has not been finalized.

With fall comes the beginning of the construction season, and the city is trying to get the housing complex through the Planning Commission review process quickly so construction can start soon.

As is the case every autumn, the city council also received a slew of temporary motor vehicle and trailer permits for early October. The permits, which included six for Lighthouse.net to make upgrades to the internet infrastructure and two for Belonga Excavating, were granted. The council restricted the permits to Monday through Friday morning, only, since the Island still hosts many weekend tourists into October.

The Lighthouse.net project will include underground boring for new fiber optic cables beginning Monday, October 15, at British Landing. After a few days, the crew will work in the Stonecliffe area for about a week before moving downtown. Repairs downtown will not include boring, as cables just need replacing. The work will last three to four weeks, depending on weather.

The two permits for Belonga Excavating are for work at Silver Birches, where a retaining wall needs to be built.

Silver Birches attorney Jennifer Shaffer asked the council to reaffirm that the Ware family is following the stipulations in the conditional zoning agreement that was made with the city in 2014. Ms. Shaffer wanted to address rumors circulating about the project, she said. While the historic preservation project has faced challenges, including an expensive water main upgrade that will be needed for the sprinkler system, the Wares fully intend to use the prop- erty as a hotel soon.

The council tabled her request until its next meeting so city attorney Tom Evashevski had time to review a letter she sent the council. The group’s next meeting is Wednesday, October 10, at 4 p.m. in City Hall.

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