BLOWING ROCK – A long-awaited and proposed improvement to the Valley Boulevard cityscape met little opposition at the Blowing Rock Planning Council meeting on October 21. If the request for a special use permit is accepted at the public hearing on November 9, which is expected to be on the city council’s agenda, the old Scotchman building will be given a facelift and the whole of the property will be redeveloped with additional landscaping and plenty of parking spaces.
High Country Manor, LLC is asking SUP to renovate the old building at 7815 Valley Boulevard for a beer and wine retail store. The roof is being modified and what is currently a plain facade will be dressed, Blowing Rock style.
The property is zoned GB (General Business) and is located in the WS-IV water supply watershed.
The redevelopment property had previously been purchased by the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the US 321 (Valley Boulevard) bypass widening project, but ownership of the road was placed on the real estate market and later purchased by Britt Medley, according to the package. prepared for the October 21 planning board meeting.
For its commercial use, 15 parking spaces are required and the applicant foresees 15 spaces in its design, one of which is ADA accessible. Access to the parking lot will use existing driveway cuts on Valley Boulevard, but will be limited to one-way north-to-south traffic, according to the council’s filing.
Due to the planned landscaping that will replace the previous pavement areas, the redevelopment of the property will result in a reduction in impervious surfaces.
The building will be renovated by removing the existing parapet roof and constructing a new metal roof. Two garage doors are proposed for the facade of the building as well as two dormers and a middle frame with stone columns at the entrance. The plans suggest that the existing stone on the building will be retained and that the colors and strength of the building will be complementary to the stone.
During the planning board meeting on October 21, board members universally agreed that it is essential to improve what has been around for a long time. According to planning director Kevin Rothrock, no deviations from the city code are being requested.