Danville commission to debate second-story addition on downtown building

Proposal for 200 Hartz Ave. calls for revamped retail spots below, offices above

The Danville Planning Commission is set Tuesday to weigh a downtown landowner's plan to remodel their existing retail building, including adding a new second story, on the northern side of Hartz Avenue.

The proposal from owner Galileo Capri calls for a new 10,772-square-foot, two-story addition and exterior renovations to an existing single-story retail tenant building at 200 Hartz Ave.

Part of current 11,474-square-foot building would be removed and converted into a small parking garage with seven spots, so the proposed new building will have just under 18,000 square feet of commercial space between the two floors, according to town principal planner David Crompton.

The parcel -- which has current tenants including Yuki of Tokyo and Citro Salon -- fronts Hartz Avenue, Rose Street and Linda Mesa Avenue, with the fourth side facing an adjacent building.

The proposed new building would feature offices on the top floor and retail spaces on the bottom floor, including a new restaurant in a 1,280-square-foot space at the corner of Hartz and Linda Mesa avenues, Crompton said in his staff report to the commission.

As designed, the new building would stand 35 feet tall, the maximum height allowed under town regulations.

Crompton said town staff estimates the new building would have a parking demand of 106 spaces.

The project calls for 16 total parking spots at the property, so the rest of the parking would be filled off-site in downtown. The owner would have to pay an estimated $369,775 in parking in-lieu fees to the town because of the off-site parking demand, based on the current proposal, Crompton said.

The owner would also have to add brick bands to the sidewalks, plant street-side trees and underground existing utility poles and cabling, Crompton said. Several existing liquid amber trees would be removed as part of the project, with new trees to be added after the fact.

Town planning staff and Danville's Design Review Board recommend the Planning Commission approve the development plan and design concept submitted on behalf of the owner by Barry & Wynn Architects, Inc.

The commission's public meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Town Meeting Hall at 201 Front St.

Town officials revised and reposted the meeting agenda on Monday because of a typo on the originally released version -- which did not include the project's address, as is town practice. The public hearing notice and Crompton's staff report did include the project's address, according to Geoff Gillette, town public information coordinator.

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17 people like this
Posted by Dan Davis
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2016 at 7:07 am

Sixteen parking spots and 106 needed?

It would be helpful if the City tells us where they plan on finding the other 90 spaces.

22 people like this
Posted by Just say no
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2016 at 8:43 am

Another project way out of scale with downtown Danville! The hideous conglomeration surrounding the Danville Hotel is the most recent such monstrosity.

Of course it's already a done deal...and these same Council members keep gettin re-elected.....residents are asleep at the switch.

17 people like this
Posted by vicki
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2016 at 9:58 am

The almost 400 thousand is taken in-lieu of the 90 needed parking spots sounds illegal. The Town will do anything for money so it is a done deal. Shame on them.

6 people like this
Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2016 at 10:53 am

Dan and vicki, Danville bought property on Rose St. adjacent to this parcel a couple of years ago for a municipal parking lot. Looks like the city's plan is to have public parking lots located in the downtown area serving all of the businesses there instead of having each one have their own parking stalls on site. They use these "in lieu" fees to pay for them (although the lots cost a lot more.) Danville's city government is very supportive of the downtown businesses. That would appear to be what this is about.

5 people like this
Posted by Brian Cameron
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2016 at 11:36 am

Looks like a good project.The rose st. lot will provide parking

3 people like this
Posted by No Mas
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Peter Kluget, what stage currently is the alleged Rose Street Parking lot project in? Actual plans drawn up? Town( it is a Town, not a City) budgeted for construction in 2017 fiscal year? Required notices given to utilities, neighbors, about pending construction of this alleged parking lot? Or is the Town simply building up huge revenues from " in lieu" payments to make the books and current Council Members look good financially while nobody can find a parking spot anymore in downtown Danville?

5 people like this
Posted by Parking
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2016 at 9:01 pm

The Town bought both the Rose Street lot (the locksmith and the lot behind it) and the Gagen McCoy building just down from the Village Theater, both of which will be for parking. The Rose Street lot will probably have about 80 or so spots in it.

5 people like this
Posted by Rudolph
a resident of Danville
on Dec 14, 2016 at 8:56 am

It's great to live in a community where these types of issues are discussed and vetted seriously before development. Thank you to the Planning Commission for all you do.

3 people like this
Posted by Nan
a resident of Danville
on Dec 28, 2016 at 6:25 am

Taking down the law office, which used to be the funeral home, to make a parking lot? That will look lovely. Stop building in and demolishing Danville.

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Posted by Do something
a resident of Danville
on Dec 29, 2016 at 6:40 pm

Nan... if that is how you feel, you should attend planning commission or town council meetings and express your voice and any alternatives you have. That is much more productive than snarky anonymous comments after the fact.

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