Old Hospitality House, Lowes properties seek rezoning
by Anna Oakes
The Boone Planning Commission on Monday voted 7-1 to
recommend approval of a request to rezone parcels at 302 and 316 W. King St.
from B-2 neighborhood business to B-1 central business, the zoning
classification generally applied to downtown commercial properties.
First Baptist Church Board of Trust, First Baptist Church
and Hospitality House of the Boone Area made the request to rezone the
property, which is the former location of the Hospitality House homeless
The Hospitality House moved to a new facility off of Bamboo
Road in March 2011 after spending 26 years at the King Street location.
“At present, the church has no proposed use of the
property,” said Skip Greene, representing First Baptist Church, at an Aug. 6
public hearing on the request. “In each and every case, it would serve our
purpose better if it were zoned B-1.”
The parties made the same request in 2010 — which was
recommended for approval by the Planning Commission — but the Boone Town
Council voted 3-2 to deny the request, expressing concerns about potential uses
of the property and a desire to wait until revision of the Unified Development
Ordinance’s Table of Permissible Uses was complete.
Since then, the council enacted transitional zoning, which
requires developments located close to low-density residential areas to apply
for special use permits and address their plans for mitigating potential
negative impacts, such as noise and lighting. Located on a hill behind the
property is Wallace Circle, the site of several residences.
The commission also unanimously voted to recommend approval
of a rezoning request from Lowes Home Center Inc. and Innkeepers of Boone Inc.
and Shore Management LLC. The property owners want to rezone the property from conditional
use general business to B-3 general business
to easier facilitate the future sale of a portion of the Lowes Home Improvement
parking lot. Lowes representatives said they do not need all of the current
parking and hope to bring a new business to the site.
Board members called the proposal a great in-fill project.
“I’m all for taking the existing parking and using it to
create jobs,” said commission member Greg Simmons.
The Boone Town Council will consider the rezoning requests during its regular monthly meeting, Aug. 21 and 23.