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AM planners approve PAR project

It may only be a recommendation to the city commission, but Anna Maria planning and zoning board members gave unanimous approval to the site plan for Pine Avenue Restoration LLC’s project for 308 Pine Ave. with an added stipulation to bond future sidewalk construction.

This site plan was new, but it was a second review for 308 Pine Ave., which was denied a recommendation in May.

The plan was reviewed with board members by Lynn Townsend of Lynn Townsend & Associates LLC, civil engineers and land planners, representing the developer.

Board member Sandra Mattick, acting as chair for Randall Stover, who was present but said to be “under the weather,” reviewed the site-plan analysis with city planner Alan Garrett and building official Bob Welch.

The analysis summarized the site plan, including three stipulations: Designated parking for residential use; enclosed retail trash receptacles; and the maintenance of the two proposed structures, one residential unit over an offie/retail unit in each building, as a unified site.

Mattick inquired about sidewalk requirements, and the discussion centered on postponing sidewalk construction, which will be provided by the developer, until a city parking plan is finalized.

The board agreed that a bond would be provided by the developer to allow the city to install the sidewalk on Pine Avenue — required by the land-development regulations — at its discretion.

The engineer will obtain sidewalk construction estimates that will be provided to the building department and city engineer, who will then recommend the bond amount. It will be initiated with the certificate of occupancy and be held for the length of the project, or two years, whichever comes first.

Further, the board recommended the city commission include the four stipulations in a resolution that will be recorded with the property deed.

The board also considered a variance request for an elevator to be located partially in the setback at 201 Fir Ave., the Gulffront home of Larrie and Vince Mercadante.

The Mercadantes are seeking the elevator to assist them in accessing the elevated home due to medical needs, and a review of the property by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection found only two possible areas for installation, either on the Gulffront, which would extend the building footprint seaward, or the side yard, where the elevator construction is requested.

Vince Mercadante told the board that Steve West of the DEP did the inspection and said the side yard construction was preferable.

The board agreed by a vote of 4 to 1 to recommend approval to the city commission. Bob Barlow, Margaret Jenkins, Stover and Mattick voted to approve, and Nancy Yetter voted no. Members Tom Turner and Mike Pescitelli were absent.

Bot matters will go to the city commission at its Sept. 23 meeting.

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