Block House development approved on first reading

Published 2:54 pm Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The preliminary plat has been approved by Tryon Town Council for Phoenix Ventures, a five-lot subdivision proposed at the former Block House property in Hunting Country.
Council met last week and held a public hearing and heard from two Hunting Country residents.
Emily Clark said she is concerned about possible storm run-off due a “delicate” stream there. She said shed rather not see a subdivision placed there, but understands its allowed. Clark also said many nearby residents have planning board backgrounds and they will monitor any construction going on there.
“Id rather see that stay as a horse farm, but thats the way it is,” Clark said.
Tryon Town Council members expressed concern over what exactly could be placed there if the total 28.44 acres were to be sold to one buyer. Tryon attorney Bailey Nager said the plans are for five single family homes on at least five acres each, so the property will have to be developed as such. Any other plans would have to come back to the Tryon Board of Planning and Zoning and town council for approval.
The property is zoned R-1 residential, which means a five acre minimum. It is located off Hunting Country Road and adjoins what is known as the Blockhouse.
“In the past, this land has been used as horse pasture, and at one time was the location of the famous Blockhouse Steeplechase,” said town planner Melanie Sand.
The property contains a single family home which is currently occupied by renters and behind the home is a series of buildings being used as horse stables, barns and equipment sheds. Another single family home is situated in the central part of the property.
The developer, A.R. Boroumand, out of California, plans a five-lot subdivision to be accessed by a new street, Blockhouse Way, which is planned to be a public street ending in a cul-de-sac.
Sand says the developer does not wish to construct any homes, but rather will sell the individual lots for single family dwellings. There are no sidewalks planned, nor curb and gutter work.
The next steps will be for the developer to obtain permitting from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), driveway permits from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT), then construction documents and come back to the Tryon Board of Planning and Zoning and council for final approval.

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