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May 22, 2014

Variances may help Iron Town Commerce Center sell lots

DANVILLE — Two variances approved for the Iron Town Commerce Center are aimed at making it easier to sell to tenants.

“We’re separating the building into multiple uses,” Edward Davis, director of engineering of property owner MBC, or Miller Bros. Construction of  Danville, told the Danville Zoning Hearing Board which unanimously allowed the variances Wednesday evening.

He said they plan to sell the parcels to occupants of the building at that location.

The owner has been told an occupant may purchase lot 3, a new parcel that will be created when the property is subdivided.

The subdivision will create two lots — lots 3 and 4. The property, at East Market and Railroad streets, currently covers two lots.

The current lots are .74 acre and the remainder of the property covers 14.73 acres.

Lot 3 would cover 2.55 acres and lot 4 would span 1.33 acres.

A variance was needed for a rear yard setback in a manufacturing 1 zoned district which would create a line through the existing building.

The second variance was for impervious coverage with an 80 percent maximum allowed. Lot 2 already exceeds that percentage, Davis said.

“Lots 3 and 4 are all building and all pavement. We would leave the building and pavement as is,” he said.

“We are trying to separate the building into different uses and not adding impervious,” he said.

The hardship in not approving the variances would be prohibiting the building from being renovated and subdivided to be conveyed to a building occupant, he said.

“It would prohibit any further improvements of the property,” he said.

He said the variances would not have any adverse effect on the neighborhood which would be enhanced by improvements.

“It’s a good use of retrofitting in a manufacturing zone into commercial space,” board member Bonnie Trump said.

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