12/07/12 — Goldsboro City Council accepts donated property

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Goldsboro City Council accepts donated property

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on December 7, 2012 1:46 PM

Goldsboro City Council made short work of a light agenda Monday, finishing the city's business in less than 15 minutes.

Council approved by consent the acceptance of donated property where General Industries was formerly located in an effort to improve parking and possibly expand Willowdale Cemetery.

The 5.2 acres of land located on the 700 block of South John Street is considered a brownfield due to soil contamination at the site although state and local agencies have offered grant funds and other assistance to rehabilitate the property.

The council also set a public hearing for the noncontiguous annexation of land at the southeast corner of the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.C. 581. The property is proposed to be developed into a Sheetz in addition to another Sheetz planned for Spence Avenue across from Walmart.

That public hearing will be held Dec. 17.

A public hearing was also set concerning an alley closing petition for the alley running from Evans Street to Clingman Street between Royall Avenue and First Street.

That public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22.

The council approved the contract for sewer collection system flow monitoring by Hydrostructures in relation to the company's work on the rehabilitation of inflow and infiltration of the city's sewer system. The monitoring is necessary before the next phase of construction can proceed.

The city is paying $79,400 for the monitoring work.

The city council also accepted the recommendations of the Planning Commission on two rezoning requests, granting both.

Trinity Day Care on the west side of Lee Drive between Ash and East streets was rezoned from residential to office and institutional. The rezoning of the property, which is surrounded by similarly zoned residential area, is allowed due to the property being operated previously as a daycare.

The intent is to reopen the building as a daycare.

James Baker's rezoning request was also granted, changing the zoning of his land on the south side of U.S. 70 between Interstate 795 and U.S. 117 from a combination of residential and general business to general business conditional district.

Baker intends to expand his business, Baker Pipe and Parts, and while conditional district rezoning requests require site plans, that requirement was waived.

The Planning Commission and City Council will have to approve any site plan for the property in the future.

Commission members voiced some concerns about the visibility of the area in question, which would be used for storage, from the highways that intersect near there.