9/12/2018 6:57:00 AM Commissioners Approve Demolishing Old Health Department
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
Lincoln County Commissioners decided to spend just over $200,000 to demolish an abandoned building at their Monday night (Sep. 10th) meeting. The building was previously occupied by the Lincoln County Health Department which is now located on Gamble Drive in the former Lincoln County Hospital building.
Commissioners approved the expenditure because not demolishing the building could cause the price for which it can be sold to be much less. County Purchasing Agent John Henry told Commissioners that the demolition involves removal of asbestos from the building and removal of a long-forgotten underground tank at the site. After the site is cleaned off, Henry said the sale of the property is expected to bring the County just over a million dollars.
Most of Monday night's meeting was taken up by public hearings on various requests for rezoning and conditional use permits. The one that took the longest was a request from Sailview resident Mark Powell and his wife for a conditional use permit to operate a bed and breakfast with one guest suite in a proposed new house to be built at 5143 Windward Point Lane on Lake Norman. The Powells own an existing home there that they rent short-term to visitors. Powell said they hope to build a retirement home on the property and use it as a bed & breakfast. After its joint meeting for the public hearings, the Planning Board voted 5-2 to recommend disapproval of the request.
The Planning Board voted 6-1 to recommend approval of a request from Cambridge Commons to rezone 10.3 acres between NC16 and North Pilot Knob Road to permit 260 multi-family dwelling units. The property is located on the west side of North Pilot Knob Road on the north and south sides of Cresset Dellinger Road adjacent to the shopping center where Publix is located. The Planning Board also voted to instruct staff to work with the applicant to come up with a proposal for a monetary contribution in lieu of traffic improvements that would be affected by the planned NC73 widening project.
The Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend approval of a request for a conditional use permit to erect a 225-foot cell phone tower on property on the north side of NC73 about 1,500 feet east of Schronce Road. Neighbors complained that the tower would be unsightly, but their argument was hurt by the presence of the nearly 1800-ft WXRC radio tower nearby that has been there for many years.
Four other requests also got Planning Board approval. All of the requests will now be voted on by Commissioners at their next meeting next Monday (September 17th).
In the public comments portion of the Commissioners meeting, former Chamber of Commerce president Ken Kindley asked Commissioners to keep the courthouse downtown. Commissioners voted not to expand the existing courthouse and instead to build a new facility, but where to build it will be up to the new board next year (two new Commissioners-elect will take office in December). Kindley urged Commissioners to put the courthouse on West Water Street instead of adjacent to the Health Department on Gamble Drive, two locations that have been discussed as possibilities.
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