***UPDATE, Thursday, 11:30 p.m.: The developer’s company has provided a new rendition of how it says the shorter Parkside would look. That illustration is reproduced here. To see a a rendering of the previous, taller design, click here.***
Developer Stewart Coleman has asked Asheville city staff to pull the controverisal Parkside condominium proprosal from the June 10 City Council agenda, and he plans to submit a new design two stories shorter than the original.
The alteration reduces the building’s square footage to a point below the threshold for a Level III design review, and therefore it will not require a public hearing or vote by City Council.
According to e-mails between Coleman and Interim Planning Director Shannon Tuch, the removal of two floors from the 11-story structure will drop its square footage to 99,380 square feet (Tuch said that number reflects only aboveground space and not the three underground parking levels).
In his e-mail, Coleman says he will submit the new design to the city on Wednesday in hopes for consideration by the Technical Review Committee at its June 16 meeting. In March, the TRC approved the original design with a few conditions.
The e-mail from Coleman to the city and Tuch’s response are below. Click here to go to Xpress Files and download a PDF of the documents.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 2:23 PM
To: Shannon Tuch
Subject: Parkside Condominium
Planning and Zoning
City of Asheville
Asheville, NC 28801
Re: Parkside Condominium
90 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28801
In regard to our telephone conversation today, Parkside Condominium LLC would like to request that our application for the project be amended to remove two floors from our original design. With the reduction of our gross square footage, it appears to us that our building now falls within the Level II design review category. If you agree that we will no longer be required to go before City Council for the Public Hearing, we ask that you please remove us from the June 10, 2008 City Council Agenda. Our amended Application will be submitted on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 for the TRC meeting on June 16, 2008. If there are any questions regarding this request please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.
Stewart B Coleman
From: Shannon Tuch
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 2:58 PM
Cc: Alan Glines
Subject: RE: Parkside Condominium
Thank you for this update. Per our conversation, provided the resulting building is less than 100,000 square feet then the application will be modified to a reflect a Level II project and no public hearing would be required.
You indicated that removing two stories would reduce the building to approximately 99,380 square feet (not including the parking structure) – pending confirmation of these numbers, this would indeed be a Level II project.