More than 40 residents attended the informational meeting held on April 15th. We were unable to tour the school.
Mickey Nofthcutt of Northshore CDC and David Pabich of Salem Renewal LLC presented very rudimentary details on their plans. No architect has been chosen but Icon Architects was mentioned as a possibility. Due to seeking Historic Tax Credits the classrooms will become studio and 1 bedroom apartments and not condos. The plan is for 30 units but this may change as the process progresses.
The apartments will be 80% market rate and 20% affordable income.
Concerns of the developers are zoning, asbestos, lead, oil leakage, and the cost.
Parking was a concern of neighbors. The developers aren’t sure how much of the parking lot will be designated for the apartments but they are planning 1.5 spaces per unit behind the building. Parking for Bingo requires more than the parking lot. Mickey noted that Bingo may not stay at this location.
Entrance to the building will be from the parking lot where a common area with mail boxes etc will be furnished.
A new aspect presented was developing the corner of Bridge and Flint. The developers would like a building with ground level parking and possible business/residential above. Residents brought up concerns with this part of the project, particularly flooding.
Christine Madore, our ward councilor, was in attendance. A similar meeting will be held re the ICC school (probably with the Historic Derby St. Neighborhood Association).