Auburn Council approves new businesses and remodeling


BY HANNAH LESTER

HLESTER@OPELIKAOBSERVER.COM

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Auburn City Council approved a conditional use permit for the Auburn Hotel, commercial and entertainment uses for AuburnBank.

The hotel will have 129 guest rooms, as well as a coffee shop (Bitty and Beau’s), lounge and rooftop restaurant.

“I’m just excited for another great addition to our downtown area,” said Beth Witten, Councilor of Ward 3.

This lot includes the redevelopment of AuburnBank and the parking deck at the back of the lot.

“It’s going to have a big impact on Auburn, no question about it,” said Auburn Mayor Ron Anders.

CHIPOTLE MODIFICATION:

In addition to a new downtown Auburn hotel, residents can expect a conversion to Chipotle on Magnolia Avenue. The council approved the conditional use permit for the road service.

The redesign includes a passage and an extension of the area. Chipotle was reclassified as fast food.

The property, which opened as Arby’s in 1993, was remodeled by Chipotle in 2011. Arby’s originally included a drive-thru.

Ward 2 Councilor Kelley Griswold expressed concern about traffic with the new drive-thru.

The planning committee also had concerns about this.

Anders clarified to City Manager Megan Crouch that the window would only be used to collect orders already placed, not to place new orders.

“One thing that’s happened in a number of our businesses is that mobile ordering is trending, especially with COVID,” Crouch said.

She said the city isn’t too concerned about traffic because of a Chipotle drive-thru.

Two Council members voted against the resolution, while Six and Anders voted in favor.

SWAN FARM:

The Council approved the conditional occupancy permit for the Swann Farm development.

The property comprises 77.3 acres which will include office use, a veterinary clinic, retail space and commercial/entertainment uses which could include things like a bank, hair salon, music store, brew pub, garden supplies, grocery store etc.

The request also included a street service, which could include an ATM, bank, convenience store, fast food restaurant, gas station, or more.

The developer originally requested use for an assisted living facility, independent living faculty, etc., but the planning commission advised against it.

“I’m pleased this is getting where it’s going,” Ward 8 councilor Tommy Dawson said. “It’s the first thing you see as you drive past the roundabout and come onto Wire Road… I think it does.” is a great addition and I am very excited.”

OTHER SHOP:

– Council approved an Alcoholic Beverages License, Class I Alcoholic Beverages License for JK 51 Management, LLC d/b/a Cigar and Fine Spirits.

– Council approved a liquor retail table wine license for Your Pie in Auburn.

– The City Council approved a contract with Alabama Power Company to relocate and install street lighting on Wire Road at the Soccer Complex roundabout for over $64,500.

– Council approved a development agreement with Auburn Community Church.

– The Council approved a contract with the Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Planning Organization for updates to the Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Planning Organization Highway Functional Classification Map.

– Council approved a contract with Axon Enterprise, Inc. for 15 dash cams, 26 body worn cameras and 20 tasers for over $391,000.

– The City Council approved a contract with Ryan Public Safety Solutions to extend customer support for 911 call handling equipment for the Auburn Public Safety Department for nearly $34,000.

– The Council approved a $27 million contract with Stone Building, LLC for the new environmental services and public works facility.

– The City Council approved a contract with Temple, Inc. for annual management services for the city’s traffic control center for over $88,000.

– Council voted to rename part of 958 Lee Road.

– The Council voted to approve a signal easement for June S. Capps, Rosalind Lauren Burnham and William M. Burham Jr. at 338 W. Glenn Ave.

– The Council voted to appoint Sharon Tolbert to the Education Council.

– Council voted to approve ad valorem property taxes for city taxes – five mills for debt repayment of capital projects and five mills for general purposes.

– Council voted to approve ad valorem property taxes for school taxes, 11 mills for education and five mills for education.

– Council voted to approve annexations for Foresite Group, LLC, on behalf of Swann Farm, LLC (77.3 acres); Mike Maher on behalf of James and Mary Gibson (8.87 acres); and Mt. Sinai Church (4.38 acres). The council then approved a conditional occupancy permit for various uses of the property.

– Council approved rededication for Foresite Group, LLC on behalf of Swann Farm, LLC to rededicate 77.3 acres from rural housing to development districts. The property is on the south east corner of Cox Road and Wire Road. The property was then redesignated from a housing development area to a planned construction area.

– The Council approved a conditional occupancy permit for a drive-through bank at E. Glenn Ave. 1901

– The City Council approved a conditional occupancy permit, performance housing development, for a new multi-unit/multi-family residential development at 2240 E. University Dr.

– Council approved a conditional occupancy permit for the N. Ross Expansion.

– Council approved a conditional use permit, commercial support use, for the Auburn Distribution Facility at 511 W. Veterans Blvd.

– Council approved a leave of absence from drainage and utility easements for CL&S Subdivisions, LLC (1407 Reynolds Dr.) and Selby Enterprises, LLC (1410 Reynolds Dr.).

– Council approved two demolitions for 556 Foster St. and 637 Westview Dr.

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