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Hoover zoning board recommends approval for condos in Chace Lake business sector

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On Monday night, the Hoover Zoning Commission recommended that the Hoover City Council approve a mixed-use building in the commercial portion of Chase Lake, despite concerns from numerous residents and business owners.

Clint Sukar wants to build a three-story, 26,700-square-foot building on one acre of land at 1869 Chace Drive. The building is located on the edge of the Chace Lake commercial district, near single-family homes.

Initially, his plans were for three office/shop sites on the bottom floor of the building and 12 residential apartments (two condominiums at the rear of the bottom floor and five condominiums each on the second and third floors). was.

However Several nearby commercial property owners filed complaints with the Hoover Zoning Commission in Augustthey said there was not enough parking space in the plan and they were concerned that customers and residents would flood their property and take up valuable parking space.

They also expressed concern about condominium residents letting dogs urinate at adjacent business properties.

A month later, Sukar submitted a revised plan to the zoning board to remove two condos and convert the space into an indoor garage for six condos. The revised plan meets the city’s parking requirements, city planner Mac Martin said.

Sukar also agreed to restrict business use of the 5,000 square feet of commercial space on the bottom floor and ban food and drink services such as restaurants and coffee shops. The idea was that food and beverage services would attract more customers and therefore more vehicles.

Sukar also agreed to make most of the exterior of the building (apart from the glass) a two-color brick and use the same color as the adjacent store. Skarl also submitted a plan to designate a corner of the property as an area where pets can defecate, Martin said.

Dr. Todd Howell of the Chace Lake Family Dentistry next door was still against the idea of ​​allowing people to live in the section of Chace Lake that was originally planned for commercial use.

Several residents of the single-family portion of Chase Lake have expressed opposition to the idea of ​​having condominiums that could become rental properties.

Sukar and his agent Asma Lusk were asked if they were willing to ban rental use of condominiums. Lusk said Sukar plans to sell the condo, but it is not yet known if rental use will be banned.

April Danielson, an attorney representing the city of Hoover, said the city of Hoover is not a place to enforce private vows.

Chase Lake Homeowners Association president Trena Reese said she was concerned that using this acre of land for housing would generate more traffic, not just business, and that Chase Lake residents said they were already dealing with too much cut-through traffic between the United States. 31 and the lower section of Lorna Road.

Several Chase Lake residents said they wanted to know the asking price of the planned condos. rice field. But she said she couldn’t imagine these being at least 1,420 square feet of luxury two-bedroom condos that would sell for less than $375,000.

Several Chase Lake residents said it would actually increase their property values.

The Zoning Commission voted to recommend that the City Council approve Sukar’s mixed-use request, with several conditions, including:

  • Food and beverage services are not permitted in commercial spaces.
  • A sidewalk should be built along Chace Drive.
  • All parking spaces and driveways, including garage spaces, must meet standards and specifications to allow proper vehicle access and operation.
  • Trash could not be serviced from 10pm to 7am
  • The development must comply with the appearance of the exhibit presented to the Zoning Commission.
  • Signs must be regulated by the city’s mixed-use district signage regulations.

Hoover City Council is scheduled to hold a hearing and vote on Scurll’s request on October 17.

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