By Suzy Kridner
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Plans for a grocery store on the North Causeway, as well as a 240-unit residential project, will be discussed at a public meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive.
New Smyrna Beach Planning Manager Gail Henrikson said recently the nearly 14-acre site is being considered for 5,070 square feet of retail space, including a grocery store, and a 240-unit apartment complex.
David Glunt of Madden Moorhead & Glunt Civil Engineers has requested the meeting to present the project, which is proposed for the 14-acre site previously occupied by the Food Lion Shopping Center in the 100 block of the North Causeway. Members of the City Commission may attend.
Some city residents already have questions about the waterfront project and whether the rents would be subsidized.
The purpose of the meeting is to address concerns regarding design aspects related to the multi-family and commercial components of the proposed project, according to city planning staff.
Proposed improvements include:
. Dedicated public waterfront access
. 240 multi-family residential units, including senior housing
. About 5,000 to 10,000 square feet of non-residential space.
"The property already is approved for 202 multi-family residential units and approximately 10,000 square feet of non-residential space," said Gail Henrikson, New Smyrna Beach Planning Manager.
"The approved development agreement requires specific architectural features be incorporated into the design of all buildings on the site," she said.
The land is mostly vacant now except for one building, where the grocery store would be located. It was a former Friendly's restaurant, and later a real estate sales office.
Atlantic Housing Partners Inc., the firm that built Newport Sound on 10th Street, plans to build 240 housing units, Ms. Henrikson said, rather than 202 units already approved.
That means the application for the housing, when it is received, would go through the rezoning process.
"Input will be given before the Planning and Zoning Board, which will make a recommendation to the City Commission. The commission will then approve or not approve the plan," she said.
Ms. Henrikson said the site application for the grocery store submitted earlier this month will be reviewed by the city's plan review committee since the land is already rezoned mixed use, which includes grocery retail. That rezoning was approved in 2005 for a different project.
The grocery store application will be the topic of the city's plan review committee at 9 a.m. Sept. 7, in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall.
That meeting is to discuss the technical requirements of the plan and address how the developers plan to meet or not meet code, she said.
Ms. Henrikson said the retail store application doesn't need a vote as it's less than 25,000 square feet.
The plan review committee consists of the city's planning director, engineer, building department, fire and police representatives, public works department and the Utilities Commission.
For more information, contact Gail Henrikson at (386) 424-2132.