BOA approves King Street project changes
by Anna Oakes
Construction of a three-story mixed-use project beside Hob Knob Café on King Street in downtown Boone is cleared to begin with changes approved by the Boone Board of Adjustment Oct. 3.
The board allowed several changes to the site-specific plan for the project, which received a special use permit in March 2012 for a four-story building to include apartments and a restaurant. Originally proposed by John Cooke of Sustainable Green Builders, the project is now being developed by the Winkler Organization, according to the Boone Planning and Inspections Department.
The planned building height has been lowered from four stories and a maximum height of 54 feet to three stories and a maximum height of 41 feet, which includes a parapet wall. In addition, the first floor use changes from a restaurant/brewery to retail.
The board of adjustment added conditions to the special use permit requiring the relocation of the building's HVAC unit, as well as additional landscaping at the rear of the building to mitigate noise affecting the adjacent neighborhood.
In 2012, the BOA's approval of the four-story project led to action by the Boone Town Council to reduce the permitted primary building height in downtown Boone from 44 feet to 40 feet and to eliminate the secondary height restriction.
Prior to the amendment, downtown buildings were permitted to exceed the primary height by one foot for every foot the building's setback was increased -- up to a maximum secondary height of 67 feet.