An update from our meeting on Monday:

The rezoning for the Smith Property was postponed to our April meeting, as the developer is still reworking their proposal.
The River West/Woodlawn Industrial Park rezoning was approved. This rezoning adds 19 acres to the original site and enlarges the total square footage of the buildings by 20,000 sft. The most significant aspect of this latest rezoning is that it provides for an 8-foot wide sidewalk along Woodlawn Street and 5-foot wide sidewalks along Acme and Cason Streets. The original rezoning approved in 2019 only provided for a 5-foot sidewalk along Woodlawn and no sidewalks along either Acme or Cason. So, this will be a significant improvement to the sidewalks in this part of town.

We also heard an update from Belmont Trolley. COVID has created some delays in their initial timeline, however design work for the barn is planned to begin over the summer. Once the design and various site surveys, etc. are finished, they are planning on having an estimate of the total cost by early Fall. They are also preparing to ramp up their (private) fundraising efforts over the next few months. Because the next 6-ish months will be very important for the viability of this project, they agreed to meet with us again this Fall once the design aspect of the project wraps up and their fundraising is fully under way. They have also invited the City to provide a staff member to sit as a member of their board to further ensure consistent communication between their board and the City.

Demolition ordinances were approved for 114 Morning Glory Ave and 325 Todd Street Ext. We already have bids in hand for the demolition work, so those structures should be coming down in the next few weeks.

Council also approved staff’s recommendation for the new solid waste services contract with Waste Pro. Waste Pro will retain trash, recycling, and bulk pickup. Yard Waste and Leaf Collection will be handled by our Public Works staff, and they are beginning the process of obtaining the necessary equipment to do that. Historically, Yard Waste and Leaf Collection have been the areas with the most complaints, so I think moving these services in-house is a great way to both save money and ensure consistent and high-quality service for our residents.

***Also tonight (at 6:30pm) is the community meeting for the proposed Del Webb Senior Community off Armstrong Ford Road. You can find more about this project as well as instructions for how to join the meeting (see the Community Meeting Notice) at this link: https://buff.ly/2P7qTFy. This project will likely be heard at the Planning Board’s March 18 meeting.