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Grifols Expansion and Old Town Hall Redevelopment Public Hearings, No Parking Near Powhatan Elementary and More on Monday's Council Agenda

11/03/2017

We hope you will join us Monday, Nov. 6 for the Clayton Town Council meeting beginning 6:30 p.m. at The Clayton Center, 111 East Second Street in Downtown Clayton.

You can view the full agenda packet online here, or click here to download a PDF copy. Here are the highlights:

Invitation to Nov. 12 Veterans Sculpture Unveiling

The brave men and women of our armed forces hold a special place in the hearts of Clayton residents. Long after the cries of battle have subsided, we still seek out ways to show military personnel that their contributions are both remembered and appreciated. Memorializing individuals who served during wartime and significant military events through art and sculpture is one way to accomplish this. The growing Town of Clayton, having already established a popular rotating outdoor sculpture trail in Downtown Clayton, set out to honor veterans and give voice to our military through a public art display in front of our historic town hall, The Clayton Center.

On Monday, Public Art Advisory Board Chairwoman Sara Perricone will invite the Mayor, Town Council and public to the unveiling of a sculpture honoring veterans in front of The Clayton Center on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. The Public Art Advisory Board solicited entries from artists for the veterans memorial, which will become the 14th sculpture in 2017-2018 Clayton Sculpture Trail.

WRAL Anchor David Crabtree will lead the ceremony to unveil the sculpture on Veterans Day weekend. American Legion Post 71, along with the Clayton High School NJROTC, will provide its honor guard, color guard and drill team for the event. The event will take place on the Second Street side of The Clayton Center.

No Parking Signs Near Powhatan Elementary

The Council will consider approving the placement of signage, and an update to the Town's code of ordinances, to prohibit parking at dangerous intersections near Powhatan Elementary School on Vinson Road.

The proposal would ban parking at any time on Hawkesburg Road from Vinson Road to the entrance of Child Care Day Care Center, and on Torrey Pines Drive from Vinson Road to the first driveway on Torrey Pines. Here is a map, on which the yellow highlights represent the proposed no-parking zones.

The new no-parking zone will address safety concerns regarding parents who – in an effort to avoid waiting in the carpool line – park along Hawkesburg Road and Torrey Pines drive and cross over Vinson Road to the school, some using the crosswalk and reports of others who do not. 

The Clayton Police Department has recently reenergized efforts to work with Johnston County Schools in our community. The goal is to work together to advance our mutual commitment to safety.

Creation of New Position: Economic & Community Development Director

The Town of Clayton has reached a point in its growth that warrants the creation of an Economic and Community Development Director position. The new director will lead economic and community development activities that focus on building, enhancing and sustaining the Town through the attraction and support of private investments; increasing employment opportunities; and supporting existing – as well as attracting new – high-quality residential, retail, commercial and industrial enterprises to the Town. Here's a full description of the new position.

The new director will work in cooperation with the Johnston County Economic Development Office.

Staff requests the Council approve the new position and allocate $113,850 to the Planning Department to cover personnel and operating costs.

Town Employee Introductions

The Council will meet the Town's four newest hires, part-time building inspector Forrest Fleming; administrative support specialist Jose Perez; police officer John Stankiewicz; and streets maintenance technician Joey Faison. The Council will also hear from building inspector Laura Gray, who previously served as the Planning Department's administrative support specialist, to learn about her new role with the Town.

Public Hearings

The Council will open the floor for public discussion before voting to approve or deny the following:

The Lofts at Old Town Hall

CommunitySmith LLC seeks a special-use permit to re-develop the historic brick building at 231 E. 2nd St., which has variously served the Town of Clayton as our town hall, public library, police station and fire station since its construction in 1928.

The applicant has submitted plot and floor plans for the project, which would be approved at the staff level if the special-use permit were to be granted. That's because the development would occur within an existing building, so it is considered a minor site plan. The Planning Board recommended approval of the special-use permit on Aug. 28.

Currently, the plans show up to 16 single-bedroom apartments to be developed within the existing building, which has three stories including a sub-basement. The complex would require 16 parking spaces for residents, which the Town of Clayton would license for a fee to the developer in the municipal lot at the corner of Barbour and Horne streets. There would be one required handicap parking spot directly in front of the building.

The public hearing had been scheduled for Oct. 2, but was postponed until a development agreement – which has been placed on Monday's Consent agenda for approval – could be finalized. (Technically speaking, the Council opened the hearing and continued it to Nov. 6.)

The development agreement includes economic incentives for the company, along with requirements that the developer to invest more than $1 million and complete renovations in a time-frame set by the Town. In addition to preserving the historic building, the agreement would allow the Town Council to ensure it is redeveloped in a way that will contribute significantly to the revitalization of Downtown Clayton.

Located on the corner of Barbour and East Second streets, the historic building has been underutilized since 2002, when Town Hall moved down Second Street to our current location in The Clayton Center. For more than a year, Town leaders have strived to find a future for the historic building – which some had suggested the Town should simply tear down. In June 2016, the Town issued a request for proposals to save the building and received a single response. The lone bid came from CommunitySmith, a firm that specializes in historic renovations. On Sept. 5, the Council held a public hearing about the proposed project.

With a successful project at Old Town Hall, the Town Council hopes companies will begin to look around Downtown Clayton for other historic buildings that are ripe for redevelopment and preservation. 

The Town Council has taken several actions since 2016 to move this project along, including declaring the property as surplus in May 2016 and rezoning it to B-1 Central Business in August 2016. On June 5, the Council granted staff authorization to transfer the building to the Clayton Downtown Development Association.

Grifols Expansion

Triangle Civilworks P.A. seeks a special-use permit for Grifols Therapeutics Inc. to develop a three-story, 75-foot-tall manufacturing facility at its campus located at 8368 U.S. 70 Business West.

In addition to the 150,000 square foot building, the expansion would include a chemical storage "tank farm" and 222 parking spaces to be shared with the entire Grifols complex. The new facilities would replace several existing modular buildings and chemical storage tanks.

The special-use permit is required for the building to exceed the 50-foot height limit for the I-1 Light Industrial zoning district. The Clayton Fire Department lacks the equipment to fight fires in buildings taller than 50 feet, so the plant would have sprinklers installed for fire suppression.

On Sept. 25, the Planning Board recommended approval of the special-use permit and approved a site plan for the project.

In March 2016, Grifols announced plans to invest $210 million expanding its facilities in Clayton. Last November, the Town Council granted a special-use permit for Grifols to construct a 71.6 foot tall, 82,000 square foot plasma fractionation plant.

Need More Info?

If you have any questions about the agenda or any other Town-related issues, please feel free to email Public Information Officer Stacy Beard or call her at 919-358-0348. You may also email Assistant Public Information Officer John Hamlin or call him at 919-480-0170.

Have a great weekend, and we hope to see you Monday night.

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