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Plans for West Street Office Building Move Forward

The Annapolis Planning Commission approved a special exception to help clear the way for the demolition of the old Tate Dodge service center on outer West Street.

The redevelopment of the former Tate Dodge service center would significantly change the look and feel of outer West Street, the property owner said.

Atwood Tate, representing the Tate family, and a team of developers laid out their concept Thursday evening at the . The commission voted unanimously in favor of the plans, which are now one step away from final approval.

The project includes designs for the two parcels of land at 1730 West St. between the sales and service centers. The building and the adjacent vacant lot cover 2.8 acres.

It includes the demolition of the current plan, which also at one time was a Coca-Cola bottling facility.

In its place the Tate family plans to build a LEED-certified, two-story office building. The building is designed to have about 19,000 square feet on each floor, said Tom Smith, of the city’s planning department.

Tate said the area has been used as an auto service center since 1987.

“It is something that is new to that area of West Street in terms of scale,” Tate said. “It’s not too big, it’s not too small.”

Leo Wilson, of Hammond Wilson Architects, said the site is currently not in compliance with the city’s comprehensive plan. But the new design would be, he said.

He said the redeveloped site will reduce the amount of impervious surface and implement several stormwater-maintenance measures.

The plans show buffer zones and greenspace that are designed to be rain gardens and bio-retention ponds.

The commission unanimously approved the plans and the project now moves on to the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals for final approval of the special exception.

The exception is required by the city because of the special district for the area, Smith said. Any non-residential use over 25,000 square feet requires such an exception.

T.Robbinson February 06, 2012 at 01:29 AM
It's confusing to see so many empty commercial and retail areas around the area but hear that another developer wants to build more space to sit empty. Why not have a grand push to attract tenants to existing locations instead of creating empty buildings on the premise that new jobs will be created?

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