Key stadium piece gets conditional OK – The Augusta Chronicle

North Augusta’s Planning Fee gave conditional approval Thursday to The Clubhouse at Ballpark Village, a significant aspect of the baseball stadium.

Commissioners had no issues with the constructing’s dimension, location or “footprint,” however a number of didn't like the colour.

Meaning Greenstone, the grasp developer, must come again for one more assembly and current some alternate options, however commissioners inexperienced-lighted the beginning of basis work, a key concern for making the April 2018 completion deadline.

The Clubhouse, which is able to embrace residences, places of work, the staff’s clubhouse and parking, shall be seven tales tall and positioned behind left subject, 50 ft from the 13th Avenue Bridge on one finish.

It’s a 100,000-square-foot constructing and something larger than 40,000 sq. ft should have main web site plan approval from the planning fee.

The ,500- to ,800-square-foot residences will fill the highest 4 flooring and all may have views of the stadium, with doorways that open onto small balconies. Places of work shall be under the residences and parking under that. On the second degree is a concourse the place followers can stroll round and mingle.

Due to its dimension and proximity to the bridge, will probably be probably the most outstanding characteristic of the event, commissioners famous.

To JoAnn McKie, it’s too trendy.

“It’s a classy constructing, however this isn't a classy web site,” she mentioned, stating that it didn’t appear to slot in with Hammond’s Ferry, the Municipal Middle and even different buildings inside the mission.

The colour palette – white and three shades of grey – doesn’t match the crimson-brick look of many close by constructions, she mentioned.

Wanting prefer it suits is essential as a result of the constructing will stand at a gateway to town, she mentioned.

Briton Williams additionally didn’t like the colours and thought the constructing seemed too “futuristic.”

“I don’t just like the constructing. I’m for the mission, I’m simply upset within the constructing,” he mentioned.

Greenstone consultant James Dean mentioned there was loads of time to debate the constructing’s “pores and skin,” however the firm actually wanted to get began on the inspiration. He requested commissioners for his or her approval, since they weren’t against anything concerning the constructing, to maintain development on schedule.

“We want to know we will have some dialogue, that there might be some tweaking,” mentioned Fee Chairman Woods Burnett.

Planning Director Charles Martin advised language for a movement requiring a future assembly with the Planning Fee “to evaluate alternate design components.”

“That doesn’t paint anyone right into a nook,” Martin mentioned, and the assembly may very well be scheduled rapidly when Greenstone is able to come again.

With Dean’s assurances, the fee voted 6-, with Williams in opposition, to present a conditional advice to Metropolis Council.

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