City staff to provide feasibility studies for donated building use

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 04:56 PM.

Public Works and City Planning staffers said the city would face building code requirements that could include required parking spaces, drainage retention ponds and landscaping. Additionally, changing the building’s occupancy use changes its fire classification rating — potentially costing more in insurance, Fire Chief Joe Traylor said.

Any uses for the building, including if it is divided in two halves, would have to go through the Technical Review Committee and the Local Planning Agency to meet the zoning code, city officials said.

"We have to scrutinize ourselves as tightly as we scrutinize anyone else," city planner Eric Davis said.

Councilman Thomas Gordon recommended directing department heads to investigate the various ideas suggested during the workshop and perform a feasibility study of each.

Any proposals must fall within the existing city budget, Iannucci said.

Assistant Public Works Director Carlos Jones — substituting for Director Wayne Steele, who was ill — said his department would research options and report to the council later.

Meanwhile, he said, the city has received an extension to the previous deadline of removing the building from the utility’s site by March’s end.

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