Commissioners approved 4-1 a motion to approve changes to the 2007 site plan. The 47-acre planned unit development was approved with several conditions recommended by the planning commission at its April 16 meeting, which included eliminating one of seven four-story residential buildings from the project. Commissioner Charles Allen abstained from the vote.
The change in apartment buildings planned for the mixed-use development had reduced the number of proposed upscale apartments from 338 to 288. The residential buildings are said to resemble a historic Williamsburg style, and four live/work buildings fronting Evans Town Center Boulevard also are planned.
The commission also added a condition that would limit the density to 14 residential units per acre on the 13.5 acres designated for the apartment development.
A public square will be included in the project, with retail units occupying the first floor of two residential buildings closest to the square.
Developers and citizens spoke both for and against the site plan revisions in the packed room.
I think its important that the vision for Marshall Square is integrated into the vision for the Evans Town Center, said Commissioner Ron Thigpen. I think thats of interest to all of our citizens, and I would just say that Im hopeful that we can continue to work together to make that happen.