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  Agenda Item # 12.b.       
Meeting Date: 05/07/2018  
Re:    Site Plan and Design Review - Second Street Station - 102 Avenue A (Marina Way)
Submitted For: Rebecca Grohall

SUBJECT:

Quasi-Judicial Hearing - Review and approval of an application for Site Plan and Design Review submitted by Applicant; John H. Blum, Carter Associates to construct a building consisting of 3,000 sq. ft. of mercantile and 1,986 sq. ft. of business office, located at 102 Avenue A (Marina Way), Fort Pierce, FL. The property is currently zoned PUR, Planned Unit Redevelopment (Parcel ID 2410-503-0045-000-6).

SUMMARY:
  • The applicant is seeking approval to build a building consisting of 3,000 sq. ft. of mercantile and 1,986 sq. ft. of business office. The project will consist of four (4) units; totaling 4, 896 sq. ft. The proposed development is an extension of an existing downtown commercial building – Second Street Station.
  • The 0.138 acre property is located on the north side of Avenue A; between the existing PP Cobb and Second Street Station buildings. The subject parcel is currently vacant and consists of an unimproved parking lot.
  • The applicant has requested the approval of a Zoning Atlas Amendment (Rezoning) from PUR, Planned Unit Redevelopment to C-4, Central Commercial Zone. The current future land use designation is CBD, Central Business District.
  • The City Commission at their meeting on February 7, 2005; approved the Planned Unit Redevelopment Plan for the subject parcel. The proposed development “One Marina Place” consisted of a five-story building with approximately 7,200 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and a total of 41 units on the other four floors. The proposed density was 40 units per acre on a total of 1.04 acres. A total of 98 parking spaces were proposed in a basement, on the ground floor, and along Avenue B which was proposed to be realigned. In addition, a gym and an outdoor pool were proposed to be located on the 5th floor of the mixed-use building.
  • Because the construction of the project had not started; as defined by the Building Department, nor an extension for the Plan had been requested within 12 months of the City Commission approval, the Plan expired. After discussion by the City Commission, Staff committed to place the Plan on the April 11th Planning Board agenda for re-approval. The Planning Board reapproved the Plan at their April 11, 2006 meeting. The Plan was submitted for re-approval and approved by the City Commission at their May 15, 2006 meeting.
  • The proposed mixed-use building is designed to match the adjacent buildings on each side with “on-street” frontage (i.e. – zero front setback). This configuration occurs predominately throughout the downtown area. The property to the west (i.e. – Second Street Station) is also owned by the applicant.
  • The subject property is also within the Downtown District; a City of Fort Pierce Historic District.
  • The Historical Preservation Board, at their March 26th, 2018 meeting, voted unanimously to recommend approval with the following condition:

     

    The applicant provides additional design attention, particularly to the “sidewalk café feature. The facing of the retaining wall and overall design of the café railing(s) are of particular concern as they are unique to this structure and embrace the encroachment into the public sidewalk.

RECOMMENDATION:
The proposed Site Plan meets the criteria specified in Section 22-32 and 22-59 of the City Code and promotes and protects the public health, safety and general welfare; therefore Staff recommends that the City Commission approve the proposed Site Plan and Design Review with the following conditions:
 
1) The applicant obtains a Right of Way permit with the Engineering Department for re-construction of the adjacent sidewalk and construction of an elevated patio.
2) Please provide a color board (11"x17" maximum) containing actual color samples of all exterior finishes, keyed to the elevations, and indicating the manufacturer's name and color designation. Provide an accurate color rendering of proposed signs showing dimensions, type of lettering, materials and actual color samples that demonstrates cohesiveness with the project design.
3) Please provide a final landscape plan that meets the requirements of Article XII, Landscaping and Trees.
4) Per City Code Section 22-59 and Chapter 23; the design features must be reasonably consistent with the historic character of the predominant architectural style within the historic district (Downtown).  The applicant has received Certificate of Appropriateness approval by the Historic Preservation Board with the follow condition:
Please provide additional design attention, particularly to the “sidewalk café feature. The facing of the retaining wall and overall design of the café railing(s) are of particular concern as they are unique to this structure and embrace the encroachment into the public sidewalk.
 
ALTERNATIVES:
Denial
RESPONSIBLE STAFF:
Vennis Gilmore, Planning Analyst

 
COORDINATED WITH:
Maria Lewicka, Historic Preservation Officer
Technical Review Committee.

Fiscal Impact
OTHER INFORMATION:
Potential Increase in Ad-Valorem Tax Revenue
Attachments
Staff Report
Application
Property Record Card
Deed
Survey
Aerial & Zoning Maps
Stormwater Report
Traffic Statement
Site Plan
Elevations
TRC Comments
TRC Response
Public Notification Certification
Proof of Publication

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Form Review
Inbox Reviewed By Date
City Manager Nick Mimms 05/01/2018 11:58 AM
Form Started By: Vennis Gilmore Started On: 04/04/2018 03:23 PM
Final Approval Date: 05/01/2018

    

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