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Apartment complex, bike lanes on agenda for City Council

 

ELIZABETH HEFFNER

Staff Writer

 

City Council members will meet on Thursday to discuss the fate of a potential apartment complex’s rezoning request and an opportunity to construct traffic lanes for alternative forms of transportation.

BTR Communities Group, LLC is requesting the conditional-use rezoning of 9.77 acres of land from Planned Business to Conditional Use Residential Multi-Family to allow for the construction of a 56 residential multi-family development near the Lincolnton Wal-Mart. Last month, Lincolnton’s Planning Board unanimously recommended approval of the requested conditional use rezoning.

Approximately 40 of the units would be two bedroom apartments, with the remaining apartments featuring three bedrooms. The property would include three separate housing buildings, a playground and a clubhouse with an exercise room, covered patio and computer room. The subject property is located on the west side of North Generals Blvd, approximately 1,000 feet north of the intersection of North Generals Blvd and Tait Mill Road.

The application requesting an amendment to allow Hookah Cafes as a permitted use in the central business district has been withdrawn. The applicant, Radwan Yousef, withdrew his request on Mar. 26.

At Lincolnton’s Planning Board meeting last month, several concerns were raised regarding how the hookah café would be regulated to prevent minors from smoking.

The Planning Board unanimously agreed to deny the amendment proposed by Yousef.

City council members will be asked to consider endorsing the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s proposal for a three-lane road on South Laurel to allow for a bike lane. The proposal is part of the state’s repaving project, and therefore the state would cover the added projected cost associated with making the conversion, the pavement markings and the signage for the bike lane.

Lincolnton Planning Director Laura Simmons will also ask council members to consider adding a bike lane to East Dixon Street.

Citizen committee Wandering Around Lincoln County has been working with the Carolina Thread Trail and local staff in an effort to further implement the Carolina Thread Trail master plan throughout Lincoln County. As part of WALC’s efforts, there have been discussions regarding potential options for establishing one or more low cost pedestrian and/or bicycle connections between the existing rail trail and the existing sidewalk system along North Aspen Street in order to provide a connection that could serve on an interim basis until the trail envisioned by the Thread Trail concept can be funded and constructed.

The group consensus has been that the best option for a low-cost, marked bicycle connection would be a bicycle lane along East Dixon Street between the rail trail and North Aspen Street.

The proposal would allow the construction of a three-foot bike lane by simply painting a stripe and bike lane markings on the existing pavement, leaving two-foot traffic lanes. If approved, council members will need to schedule a public hearing to amend the City’s Code of Ordinances to include bike lanes.

The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Lincolnton’s City Hall on Thursday. The public is welcome to attend.

 

 

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