Plans to remodel Carlisle Chevrolet are under way with approval of a site plan amendment by the Waxahachie City Council during its meeting Monday night.

General contractor Warren Barry said the remodeling plans are a condition of the dealership’s reinstatement from General Motors – and comply with the new image the brand is trying to promote. As part of the work, the exterior on the north and parts of the west and east side will be refaced, the offices remodeled and the showroom expanded. A new service drive will be added, the parking lot will be upgraded and a new entry arch for the building constructed. The total cost for project is $792,000.

Director of planning Clyde Melick said the square foot age of the building is being increased by about 30 percent and noted that the planning and zoning commission gave its approval.

Subdivision request denied

Massey Shaw’s request for a zoning amendment from light industrial-one to planned development multi-family zoning for a proposed town home subdivision was denied. Real estate agent Bret Hess brought the request before the council to appeal a denial by the planning and zoning commission. Hess said the project has the opportunity to be a window for the future of the city.

The project included 180 units with five units per building. The units would have a rear entry garage accessed through an alley. The town homes would be one or two floors, have a minimum of three bedrooms and be in the style of a 1940s craftsman house.

Councilman Mark Singleton said the concept was sound but it needed a different location.

“I just think that it is a bad idea to have people live next to an industrial area. My experience has always been to keep the two separate,” Singleton said.

Melick said once the council changes the area from industrial to residential it affects everything around that development and prevents new industrial development from coming in.

An engineering contract with HDR Engineering for realignment of Gardner Street was approved at a cost not to exceed $44,874. The estimated cost of the construction is $55,678. The project is for the closure of the Hawkins Street railroad crossing and realignment of Gardener Street at Aiken Street. The city will be reimbursed by the railroad and state for the cost of the removal of the bridge and the street realignment.

The council approved a request from Pat Sullivan for a zoning amendment for a site plan to allow a covered building housing a paint and sandblasting booth on Farm-to-Market 877 adjacent to the south property line of 1805 Howard Road.

A request to replat lot 4A of the Howard Road Industrial Park was approved. The final plat of lots 120-RR-A, 120-RR-B and 120-RR-C located at 1401 Ferris Ave. was approved.

A recommendation from the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone to fund a request from Jamaal Rasheed for replacement of the roof of the Fraternal Lodge at 441 Martin Luther King Blvd. was approved. The council approved funding up to $25,000 for the project with the condition that a security agreement is put in place stating the building will be restored in five to 10 years.

 If conditions are met the loan will be forgiven. But if the loan is defaulted a lien could be placed on the building or the building could revert to city ownership.

The council accepted a bid from the Corbet Group for construction of the new fire station on Wyatt Street. The contract is for $3,083,000, with 298 days to complete the project.

Prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting council members had a workshop session and discussed the street rehab program.

In other business;

• An engineering contract with Kimley-Horne for a deceleration lane at Park Place was tabled.

• An engineering contract with Birkhoff, Hendricks and Carter for Wyatt Street paving and drainage improvements was tabled.

• A street closure for the Ranch Music Jam Event on North College Street was approved from Main to Water streets from 5 p.m. June 17 to midnight June 19 to accommodate a trailer with a stage and spaces for vendors.

• A street closure Aug. 13 of Jackson Street in between U.S. Highway 287 and Franklin for a start/finish line for a 5K run by Reach Council was approved.

• A request by Jacquelyn Helton for a street closure of Franklin from Rogers to College and for Rogers to be closed from Main to Franklin from noon June 19 to 1 a.m. June 20 was approved.

• A street closure for Franklin Street from Rogers to College for the farmers market from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May 28-Oct. 15, was approved

• A request to close Franklin Street from Jackson to College for the Summer Moonlight Movies series was approved from 5-11 p.m. June 10, June 24, July 8, July 29 and Aug. 12 was approved.

• A proclamation proclaiming May 2011 as National Preservation Month was approved.

• The council approved a 5 p.m. May 17 meeting to re-organize the council and administer oaths of office.

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