Offers land in exchange for maintenance

Published 5:29 pm Tuesday, July 16, 2019

By Frederic Lee

Staff writer 

WINDSOR — An Atlanta-based developer has asked to cut a deal with the town of Windsor over road maintenance. 

Dimension Development Partners LLC wants to donate 14 of its 22-acre parcel, located across from the Food Lion on Route 460, in exchange for the town maintaining roadways that will be included in the commercial development. 

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The plans include four buildings that will likely house a fast food restaurant, two retail and a commercial business, according to Town Manager Michael Stallings, adding that the two retail buildings may be combined to serve one business depending on how the project unfolds.    

The Windsor Town Council gave a nod of approval to move forward with the deal at its July 10 meeting. {mprestriction ids=”1,2,3,4,5,6″}

Mayor Glyn Willis and Stallings explained that the town would work as a management arm in terms of possible future roadwork such as snow removal and/or road repairs and then divvy up those costs between future tenants of the commercial area. 

“There would be an agreement put in place that shares the financial responsibilities across all the tenants (of the commercial property) and they would like for us to take on the role of being the manager of that,” said Stallings. 

No formal agreement has been drafted yet, Stallings said in a memo. 

“Council would still have to vote to approve acceptance of the land as well as the joint maintenance agreement,” he wrote. 

Stallings said that staff hadn’t yet developed a plan for the 14 acres, which includes a large pond, some cleared property west of that and a forested area.  

“Do you know what the parcels are? Is it useable land?”asked Town Council member Kelly Blankenship. 

In response, Stallings said that with the go-ahead from the Town Council, the next step would be to get a plat map that shows actual boundary lines, adding that some of the acreage had already been cleared but that the majority of it was forested, with some of it potentially wetland.

Stallings said that initially, the already cleared land could be used to support the businesses that will be located on the property, such as picnic tables for the fast food restaurant.

Stallings said that Dimension Development Partners LLC has been working on the project for roughly six months, and no completion date has been set.   {/mprestriction}