Harrisonburg council tables Holtzman Oil’s shopping plaza proposal | Nvdaily

Harrisonburg council tables Holtzman Oil’s shopping plaza proposal | Nvdaily

The Harrisonburg City Council tabled a request Tuesday from Northside LLC for a proposed ease plaza on the north end of town.

Northside LLC, represented by Holtzman Oil Corp., requests to rezone four parcels at 1441, 1451 and 1477 N. Principal St. from an industrial to a organization district at the intersection of North Most important Avenue and Mount Clinton Pike.

Internet site ideas contact for seven buildings including a fuel station and convenience retailer location, and 6 structures that could serve as eateries, merchants, drive-thrus, financial institutions or medical offices.

Council customers said they needed to maintain off on the proposal till fellow member George Hirschmann, who was absent from Tuesday’s assembly, could be current to vote.

Beneath an acre of the 5.5-acre residence is in Rockingham County. Equally the county’s Planning Fee and Board of Supervisors approved the rezoning, but the city’s Scheduling Commission was split on the request. Town workers endorses denial.

Director of Local community Growth Adam Fletcher said the site’s proposed layout brought on concern amid city personnel, which led to the suggestion. Northside Gateway Plaza does not in shape the city’s upcoming growth strategies, and is not pedestrian-welcoming, Fletcher stated.

He instructed a distinctive layout that moved the ease keep to the front of the home, and gasoline pumps guiding. He confirmed illustrations in North Carolina with similar layouts.

But Todd Rhea, talking on behalf of the applicant, explained Holtzman’s nature is to produce and work car-centric infrastructure.

Holtzman is not keen to shift its key business, fuel pumps, powering its secondary enterprise, the advantage keep, Rhea stated. There are no fashionable stations in Central and western Virginia that conceal their pumps driving the shop, he reported.

“This space of the town, suitable at the town-county line, has been chronically underserved by modern day business infrastructure and facilities,” he claimed.

Four speakers spoke in favor of the request, and one was versus. Despite himself likely gasoline-free eight a long time ago, Alleyn Harned advised Town Council that the proposed facility “would convey excellent reward to our local community.” It presents a different outlet for commercial and business enterprise wants for people today who dwell and get the job done in the place, he mentioned.

Tom Domonoske said that even though he supports the task, it really should be available to bikers and walkers. Holtzman really should regulate its proposal to be multimodal, he explained.

“Please aspect with our extensive program,” he mentioned.

Proffers, or situations, for the web-site incorporate sidewalks for pedestrian access, roadway advancements and inter-parcel connections, solar panels and electric powered motor vehicle charging, and a bus pad and easement along Mount Clinton Pike.

Despite the tabling the ask for, Mayor Deanna Reed reported that a little something at the internet site — not always this undertaking — would gain this element of city. Reed and council associates Chris Jones and Sal Romero said they see the have to have for commercial and enterprise homes in the northern stop of city.