Developers plan open house for buildingPublished 1:18pm Friday, September 7, 2012
SOUTH POINT — Developers are planning an open house for the Carver-Freeman Professional Building, at the former South Point Elementary School. Meanwhile, the village council, which granted a zoning permit for the redevelopment of the property, will hear an appeal to that permit at a zoning board meeting later this month.
Terry Allen, secretary for White Caps LLC, the developers’ company, said the point of the Sunday, Sept. 16 open house is to show potential tenants the plans for the building. Allen said developers Joe Freeman and Brad Carver hope the building will be a mixture of office space and luxury condominiums.
“He (Freeman) is building to suit (the buyer) as he sells the condos,” Allen said. “He has one condo done and furnished and he has done the outside work to the building. He’s showing everyone he’s going to do what he said he would do.”
One condo is occupied, another has been sold and developers are meeting with a potential buyer for another condo this week.
Allen said the size of the condos or the size of the office space depends on what the tenant wants.
Meanwhile, South Point Mayor Ron West said the village zoning board, which is comprised of the village council, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 to hear an appeal to the permit the village granted Freeman and Carver. West said Freeman has a state work permit but not a permit to allow for occupancy.
The matter was discussed at Tuesday’s village council meeting. An appeal to the zoning permit was filed Wednesday morning by residents in that neighborhood who do not want a business or multiple-unit housing in the former school.
Allen said Freeman and Carver have signatures from 60 percent of the adjacent property owners and this allows the school property to be rezoned for the business plans.
Right now village ordinances prohibit businesses in residential areas. Changes require at least 60 percent of adjacent property owners to approve a proposed zoning change. In this case, Freeman and Carver needed 10 signatures.
The open house will be 1-3 p.m. The building is at 501 Washington St. in South Point.