New Mountainleaf development proposed for downtown Blowing Rock
By Jeff Eason
As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”
In 2008 a development group put in a request to the Town of Blowing Rock for a multi-use development containing a hotel, condos, retail and office space on Main Street between Hill Street and Chetola Resort.
After much consideration, the town approved the 2008 request for a conditional use permit to develop “Blowing Rock Commons,” but the development never got off of the ground.
Now another developer is requesting a conditional use permit for the same piece of land, for a development very similar to Blowing Rock Commons.
Catellus Group, LLC is requesting a conditional use permit to construct a mixed-use project on a 7.359 acre parcel located on the corner of Main Street and Hill Street in downtown Blowing Rock.
The applicant is proposing to build a 112-room hotel with conference space, spa, two restaurants, up to 26,000 square feet of retail space, up to 20 condominiums and related parking spaces.
The property is currently zoned CB, or “central business.” It is located in the WS-IV-PA water supply watershed.
The same property was the site of a proposed development by the Chetola Severn Partners in 2008 for the Blowing Rock Commons project.
That proposed project would have included a 72-room hotel, two restaurants, 21,000 square feet of retail space mixed with 16,000 square feet of office space and 36 condominium units.
Eight months after Chetola Severns Partners applied for a conditional use permit for Blowing Rock Commons, the town council unanimously approved the project in October 2008, but construction on the project never took place.
On Thursday, June 19, the Blowing Rock Planning and Zoning Board me to review the CUP request from the Catellus Group. After considering the details of the proposed project, the planning board will recommend the Blowing Rock Town Council approve the CUP request contingent on Catellus Group meeting five conditions:
· Improve and widen Hill Street to 18 feet of asphalt width and curb and gutter on the east side of Hill St.
· All parking areas shall be accessed from within the site.
· Applicant shall provide escrow funds for sidewalk installation from south corner of Hill Street (at Main Street) to Southern Comforts Restaurant.
· All access to sidewalk within the site shall be available to the public.
· Provide public restroom on the site.
If the project is approved by the Blowing Rock Town Council at its July 8 public meeting at Blowing Rock Town Hall, work could start at the site this summer.