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Council will review 3 shorter Amity Station proposals Monday

An architect’s rendering shows an overview of “Option C” for Amity Station on West Rosemary Street. The developer will bring three options for the 2.2-acre project to the council for review Monday. Option C includes 175 apartments and 5,000 square feet of Rosemary Street commercial space.
An architect’s rendering shows an overview of “Option C” for Amity Station on West Rosemary Street. The developer will bring three options for the 2.2-acre project to the council for review Monday. Option C includes 175 apartments and 5,000 square feet of Rosemary Street commercial space. Contributed

The Town Council will see three new concept plans Monday for the Amity Station redevelopment project at Breadman’s on West Rosemary Street.

The council provides developers with feedback during concept plan reviews. No official application has been submitted.

Developer Larry Short and his partners Roy and Bill Piscatello, who own Breadman’s restaurant, first proposed redeveloping the 2.2-acre lot in March 2015. The men also developed Shortbread Lofts, a seven-story student apartment building across the street.

The project, if approved, could replace Breadman’s restaurant and the Amity Apartments immediately to its north. The Piscitellos have not said what would happen to the restaurant.

The new concept plans, in response to council and community concerns, are shorter, less dense and designed for renters of all ages. The men said they have talked since January with town staff and about 50 residents in the Northside neighborhood about the plans.

That discussion resulted in three options, one of which – Option C – got the most favorable review, they said. It would feature 175 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments sharing a central lobby and green/amenity space.

It includes 143 apartments priced at market rate and spread over six floors. Another 32 lower-priced apartments would be housed on three floors.

Option C also includes roughly 5,000 square feet of commercial space fronting West Rosemary Street and 324 under-building parking spaces.

All the options will be discussed at the council’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Monday.

The council also plans to hold several public hearings, including a discussion of the town manager’s $104.8 million draft budget for next year and a development agreement with East West Partners for the Station at East 54 project, which could couple a new fire station with an office building.

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb

What’s next

The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Town Hall Council Chamber, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. A meeting agenda is available at bit.ly/1shOZNr.

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