Roanoke City Council unanimously approved two new site plans for a new mixed-use development and a company headquarters during a Sept. 22 meeting.
The first site plan was submitted by Integrity Group LLC for 2.35 acres of land on the northeast corner of South Oak Street and Union Avenue. The development will feature commercial space on the first floor and office space on the second floor.
There is already interest from potential tenants, according to Integrity Group co-owner John Delin.
“We have potential [tenants], but we have not really moved on it yet,” Delin said. “Coming out of this post COVID-19 stuff, the world of retail and restaurants changed a little, so we're trying to work with some really quality tenants that would be able to survive through something like what just happened.”
No set timeline has been decided upon yet, Delin said, but he said he is hopeful a groundbreaking can take place within the next six months.
“We were going to do all this back at the first of the year. The virus kind of slowed everything up, and now we're getting back on track,” he said.
A second site plan was submitted by AUI Partners LLC for approximately 0.93 acres of land in the Oak Street District.
The company will construct a new headquarters building at the site.
Council also approved a new resolution to ratify new and existing temporary sign regulations and activities at local businesses throughout the COVID-19 emergency. The new resolution is in effect until Dec. 31.
According to the resolution document, the decision was made by City Council, which determined "the suspension of enforcement of certain temporary sign code regulations would allow Roanoke businesses to more effectively communicate with their customers that they are open and hours of operation," as well as "provide information on standard health protocols related to operations, and communicate any federal, state, or county guidelines related to COVID- 19."
The temporary sign regulation will apply to retail business, restaurants, gyms, exercise facilities, personal care and beauty services.