Council approves zoning request to East Andrews area

Jan. 27, 2014 @ 09:43 PM

City leaders on Monday expressed hope a request to build a commercial store on the southern flank of East Andrews Avenue near the U.S. 1 ramp will lead to more development.

The Henderson City Council approved rezoning a 0.43-acre industrial tract on Wilbur Street, accessible to East Andrews, to business commercial uses.

The request by Eastern Pride Inc. paves the way for a Family Dollar store to relocate from across East Andrews, building a larger store than its current location.

“There is no current commercial activity on this side of the street,” said Erris Dunston, the planning director for Henderson. “The area is undeveloped.”

In response to questions by the council, Dunston said a next step for Eastern Pride is to obtain any needed special use permits. That would address any easements, setbacks and other specific details of the particular building to be proposed for the site.

A public hearing on the rezoning question garnered no comment from residents.

The property is located off East Andrews, between Wilbur and Orville streets, adjacent to other business-zoned tracts.

Dunston said there are numerous other properties in the area under the same ownership that she sees as potentially the subject of future rezoning requests by developers.

Council members also approved a request to add $25,200 worth of items to the $18 million upgrade project to the Nutbush water reclamation facility and accepted a $1.4 million bid award for improving the Sandy Creek Pump Station.

Tom Spain, the Nutbush facility director, said that the add-ons to the water reclamation facility project track with typical alterations to any project of that size.

“These are not excessively expensive, and they need to be done,” Spain said. “They are the type of things you expect for a project like this.”

The proposal was about $8,000 below original estimates on further costs. The project’s contingency fund balance would be reduced to about $575,000 after funds are transferred.

Several manholes, head works adjustments, rebar changes and items of relocation are the focus of the additional money to be transferred from contingency funds.

Ray Griffin, Henderson’s city manager, said the Sandy Creek pump station has been in great need of the proposed upgrades to be done by bid winner Turner Murphy Company out of Rock Hill, S.C.

“Thank goodness this is here before us tonight,” Griffin said. “This pump station is in dire need of updating.”

Griffin added that issues with the pump station have summoned repair crews and other city staff during off hours and in times of harsh weather because of its aging infrastructure problems.

Bids were taken on Dec. 19, and nine bids were received. The low bidder was Turner Murphy, which was recommended for acceptance by project engineers.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.