At a special called meeting on Wednesday night, Tucker’s City Council cast a series of votes to deny the permissions needed to go ahead with an 88-acre mixed-use development.
“The Rise” promised to bring a supermarket, retail and approximately 700 residential units to the intersection of Hugh Howell Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard. The site is currently home to warehouse space owned by Sears.
After a lengthy public hearing, City Council had to weigh three petitions from developer Stephen Macauley: a change to the Comprehensive Plan from Light Industrial to Neighborhood Center to allow such a development, a re-zoning of the property to the MU3 designation and a special land use permit (SLUP) to allow a personal care home to be constructed on the site. Citing a number of concerns, including the possibility of disrupting the industrial corridor, Council voted 5-2 against a motion to approve the Comprehensive Plan amendment. That was followed by a pair of 6-1 votes to deny the re-zoning and SLUP petitions.
During the meeting, both councilmembers and the developer pointed out that, despite a denial, the property can still be developed by right – or without the special permissions being sought from the City. Under the current zoning, that could mean construction of restaurants, a movie theater and several other aspects included in “The Rise” proposal. It would not permit construction of the residential facilities or the supermarket included in the proposal.
City Council will meet next on September 11 at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue).