The city’s Southside is set to get a new dose of single-family residential density.
City Council voted Monday night to grant a special-use permit for Belle Heights, a planned 106-unit townhome development at 1802 Semmes Ave. in the Swansboro neighborhood.
Local development firm Harper & Associates acquired the roughly 13-acre parcel in 2015 for $3.7 million, with hopes of developing it into a grocery-anchored development.
Harper scrapped those plans when it couldn’t secure a grocery tenant, and this year it submitted plans to turn the site, which currently houses warehouses, into a mixed-use development with 106 new townhomes and about 4 acres of commercial space.
City Council voted unanimously to grant the SUP, which was needed to build the residential units. The SUP request was listed on council’s consent agenda, which contains ordinances that are considered “routine and non-controversial”.
Still, there was some conversation regarding the SUP at Monday’s meeting. Two local residents presented their concerns regarding traffic the development may cause, and whether vinyl siding may be used on the townhomes. Williams Mullen attorney Preston Lloyd, who is representing Harper, spoke in favor of it.
Councilmembers Parker Agelasto, Kim Gray and Kristen Larson all echoed citizens’ concern regarding traffic, but ultimately approved the permit.