Recess skateboard ramp gets approval
by Kellen Moore
The shop, located at 1158 N.C. 105, applied in June for a special use permit to install a skateboard ramp adjacent to the building. To install the ramp, store owner John-Paul Pardy and property owner Frank Auten had to get town approval for a 1 1/2-foot setback variance.
Part of the town's Unified Development Ordinance requires that accessory buildings, such as the ramp, must be seven feet from the lot boundary line. The ramp is only 5 1/2 feet from the boundary with Comfort Suites hotel.
The hotel and other neighboring businesses indicated that they did not object to the proposal.
The Board of Adjustment gave unanimous approval Thursday after a nearly two-hour hearing, and the Department of Planning and Inspections has issued all required permits.
The store is now working to complete the ramp and add railings before it undergoes a final inspection, manager Ashley Beamer said Monday.
"We're hoping to have it ready by this weekend, but we are not 100 percent sure," she said.
The ramp will be available during business hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Users must sign liability waivers and pay a usage fee: either $3 per day or $25 per month. The monthly pass includes discounts on store merchandise.