A 24-unit condominium project downtown and an array of Southern-style restaurants and a brewery on U.S. 70 East were the subject of recent rezoning hearings.
The proposed condominiums would be located on North Churton Street across from Town Hall and next to the Sinclair Station.
“Our goal is to work with the historic area, while also celebrating the current era,” said architect Brian Shepherd of Summit Design and Engineering Services.
The group envisions a contemporary structure that intertwines local masonry and metal siding to tie the condominiums in with the downtown historic district. The units would sell from $250,000 to $300,000.
There are currently six apartments with seven tenants on the property. Local resident Cornelius Lewis and Town Board member Evelyn Lloyd expressed concern about them.
“Where are the occupants of these six units in the current apartments going to live?” asked Lewis, adding that he does not think the condominiums are what Hillsborough is really about.
Project Engineer David Cates said he would get back to the board with information.
The request to rezone the 1.49 acres on North Churton Street from Residential-20 and Neighborhood Business to Residential Special Use was not decided on at the meeting.
On U.S. 70 East, a 16.43 acre lot known as the Dr. Gatewood’s Estate-East of Walgreens is currently zoned residential/office. Business partners Chick Evans and Ron Spada are requesting it be rezoned for special use retail.
Their plan includes parks, trails, an events stage, restaurants, a brewery and distillery.
“When you come here, you will feel like you are on vacation,” said project manager Chick Evans. “We will always have something enjoyable going on.”
“I think what they propose doing will be good for the town,” said Lloyd.
Members of the Town Board and Planning Board want additional information on that project too.
Spada said he expects a decision later this month.
“We have been looking for property for over a year, and this is a great space and area for us to make a destination spot.”