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Originally published: 2014-03-11 16:20:03
Last modified: 2014-03-11 16:20:49

Standard at Boone seeks more time for town approvals

by Anna Oakes

The Blowing Rock Road redevelopment project has requested more time to present several requests to the town of Boone, including code variances and a rezoning request.


Project leaders plan to demolish the Scottish and Red Carpet Inn buildings and replace them with a 587-bedroom student apartment complex, a 5,000-square-foot lounge, a gym, a 200-seat restaurant, 2,400 square feet of retail space and a parking garage.


The developer also proposes to reroute and daylight the section of Boone Creek that cuts through the property.


Developer Standard at Boone LLC was scheduled to appear before the Boone Board of Adjustment March 6 to request eight variances to Boone's Unified Development Ordinance, but the hearing was continued to the April 3 BOA meeting at the developer's request.


Standard at Boone is seeking variances to building footprint, height, commercial area and setback requirements.


On Monday, the developer was slated to present a rezoning request at a public hearing before the Boone Town Council and Planning Commission, but attorney Jim Deal again requested an extension of time, asking that the hearing be held at the quarterly public hearing in early May.


Standard at Boone seeks a rezoning of several parcels currently zoned B-3 General Business to Conditional District B-3 General Business with a site specific development plan.


The council will consider a town water allocation for the project later this month. The developer last month presented its request, with town staff calculating a usage of 97,879 gallons per day. But Standard at Boone representatives said they believe the actual usage will be significantly less than that amount.


The council and planning commission also heard a request Monday from KW Holdings to allow for flexibility of uses on the second and third floors of the Boone Point building at 148 N.C. 105 Extension. KW Holdings seeks to offer the remaining units as either residential or office spaces.


The planning commission voted to recommend approval of the request.