The Washington City Council Monday approved the final plat for the second phase of the Front Street Development.
Andy Unerstall, with Front Street Development, LLC, requested the approval of the plat for the Front Street Development Plat II. The phase is for property at the intersection of Market and Front streets where Unerstall is proposing four townhomes.
The property is located in the Front Street Development TIF (Tax Increment Financing) district that was approved in February. It is in accordance with the plan that was submitted during the approval process and will add four more residences to the district, according to Community and Economic Development Director Sal Maniaci.
The plat was approved with a 6-0 vote. Council members Justin Hidritch and Susan Watermann were not at Monday’s meeting.
The plat shows the Front Street right of way that was vacated in February and shows the utility easements that were required as part of the vacation.
Unerstall said the primary entrance to the townhomes will be in the rear of the development.
The plat also shows an ingress/egress easement to the rear of the structures that will also serve as the fire lane for the development.
A new fire hydrant is proposed at the end of the fire lane. This will meet city fire hydrant location requirements. There will be a performance agreement with Front Street Development requiring the hydrant be installed, Maniaci said.
The plat shows four “flag-shaped” lots that provide right of way frontage for each lot. This will accommodate addressing the lots, giving each lot a Market Street address.
TIF Project Details
Ground was broken in February for the project that has three sites, with the first being the block between Lafayette and Jefferson streets, behind the old Modern Auto building. Unerstall said he has plans for eight 2,800-square-foot units.
The second site is located on Front and Main streets between Jefferson and Market streets. Residential and commercial buildings are planned.
The second site would have a building at the corner of Jefferson and Main streets. Plans call for 4,000 square feet of retail on the first floor and 3,000 square feet of office space on the second floor.
Site No. 3 is the last site in the TIF area. The property would contain four 1,200-square-foot residential units.
As part of the project, power lines from Market to Lafayette would be buried, which is now underway. Additionally, all the sidewalks around the development would be taken out and replaced.
Unerstall has said he anticipates that it will take two to three years for the three sites to be developed.