10/23/07 * C-Ville Weekly [ full story ]
Developers submit plans on last day
Last year, the city gave the developer of a 101', 100-unit luxury condo building on Avon Street 365 days to submit finalized site plans for the project. Randolph Croxton, the building's architect, used them all.
More than a year after the City Council and the Planning Commission approved a special-use permit for the project, known as 201 Avon Street, developers submitted finalized site plans on October 10, the last day before the city's approval expired. So the nine-story building, which includes condos and a six-room boutique hotel with spa, remains on track.
Brian Haluska of Neighborhood Development Services says that it's uncommon for city staff to receive materials on the last day possible. "We do have projects that get to a certain stage and then stop," he says. "That happens a lot. But it's not terribly common to have someone wait an entire year. But also projects of this size aren't terribly common either."
The 201 Avon building is one of six current projects that top out at 101', projects which came after a 2003 rezoning that encouraged high density development. But the project's green features set it apart from the pack. Croxton has said that he is striving for the building to be platinum-certified for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED). That level is something only a handful of buildings in the country can boast.