Height of planned four-story King St. building could be lowered
by Anna Oakes
Plans for a four-story project on King Street that sparked a discussion on building heights in Boone could be changing.
In March 2012, the Boone Board of Adjustment approved a special use permit for a four-story mixed-use building at 492 W. King St., next to Hob Knob Café.. Although residents objected to the proposed building height, the BOA ruled that the project complied with all requirements of the town's Unified Development Ordinance and granted variances allowing fewer parking spaces than required and encroachment into the rear setback.
But Boone Planning & Inspections Director Bill Bailey said last week that the project is being sold to developer John Winkler, who plans to seek several changes to the project's site-specific plan. The matter is on the agenda for the Oct. 3 Board of Adjustment meeting.
Among the changes would be lowering the building from four stories to three stories, reconfiguring the commercial space on the lower floor and adding parking spaces, Bailey said.
Last year, the approved 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 buildings setback was increased -- up to a maximum secondary height of 67 feet.