By LEAH STRATMANN
There was only one item on the agenda at the regular monthly meeting of the Planning Commission, but about 50 people were in attendance to speak and be on hand for the decision of the commissioners.
A major development application submitted by Moore-Bass Consulting consisting of a 5,748 square foot restaurant, a 316 square-foot addition to the existing commercial building, and the renovation of the existing commercial cottages on 1.16 acres located at 3031 East CR-30A with a land use of neighborhood planning area.
Speaking for the proposed 723 Whiskey Bravo which will be on the site of the former Wheelhouse Restaurant, Ken Goldberg noted the property was located in CR-30A in Seagrove. “It has been a restaurant and five cottages since the 1950s. The applicant wants to restore the cottages and rebuild the Wheelhouse. The rebuild will be in the footprint of where the old restaurant stood. The applicant has conducted a neighborhood meeting, although they were not required to do so, and had a large attendance. In general people supported the project, but there are some traffic issues yet to be resolved,” he said.
He also pointed out the southernmost cottage on the property would be expanded by 300-feet to house The Cowgirl Kitchen market.
Speaking for Moore-Bass, civil engineer David Smith said, “This is a unique piece of property bordered by county roadways on three sides. We plan on providing 44 parking spaces. A traffic study was conducted by the county and it revealed the new project will not add much in the way of traffic at the location,” he said. He noted a suggestion has been made that the property owner block off a traffic exit onto Birmingham Street. There are a lot of issues relating to Gardenia Street and residents have requested this also be blocked off and only allow an exit onto Headland Avenue.
Commissioner Tom Patton asked, “What use will be made of the cottages?” Smith told him no particular plans for the cottages have been made at this time. “They could be commercial enterprises or offices, but provisions have been made for parking with two parking spaces per cottage.”
Planning Commissioner Tom Terrell commented, “The old Wheelhouse was actually built in the buffer. This new project moves it back, which is a bonus.”
Goldberg pointed out the cottages were originally built as motel rooms. “People may have lived there long term, but they have always been commercial,” he said.
Speaking for the county planning department, Jason Bryan said it was consistent with comprehensive plan and code, although there are four conditions to be met before the development order can be issued….
Read the full story in the December 16, 2010 edition of the Herald Breeze.