by Michael Salerno
For Hometown News
SOUTH DAYTONA -- A recent zoning change could lead to a skating rink closing to make way for two storage facilities.
City staff said the owner of Skate City at 1790 Nova Road plans to remodel the building and convert it into a climate-controlled storage facility, plus develop the vacant lot next to the building into an outdoor storage facility for recreational vehicles.
City leaders recently took the first step in moving the project forward as the Land Development Regulation Board unanimously approved a request from Rink Properties, which owns Skate City, to rezone the property from Volusia County General Commercial to South Daytona Business Heavy Commercial. Next, the property owner must submit a site plan for development of the climate-controlled storage facility and RV storage facility.
Community Development Director John Dillard said the rezoning request was sought because of the limited amount of uses permitted under the county's General Commercial zoning. He added the proposed rezoning would fit the character of the Nova Road corridor, which is business-heavy.
"Our comprehensive plan shows the future land use in this area is all commercial," he said. "It doesn't really give a designation between the levels of commercial, but it is consistent with the future land use plan."
Mr. Dillard also said the rezoning would also affect the economy because the construction of the parcels, as well as the storage facilities themselves, should generate new jobs in the community. He did not give a specific number as to how many jobs it would create.
Skate City was first built in 1973 and operates on a limited basis, with its website listing weekend hours of operation. A call to Skate City requesting comment on the property owner's plans was not returned before press time.
Property owner John Schnebly and project engineer Jerry Finley attended the LDRB meeting where the rezoning request was approved, but did not speak before the board about the project. Mr. Schnebly and Mr. Finley also did not return phone calls requesting comment.
Mr. Dillard said in an interview after the meeting that although Skate City has an active business license, he hasn't noticed much activity there.