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Clarksville sets conditions for metal sheds at gateway

SoVaNow.com / September 25, 2019
Clarksville Town Council unanimously approved a request Tuesday night to allow Harman Saunders to install seven metal buildings on land he owns near the intersection of Highway 58 Business and Gateway Lane near the CVS Pharmacy in Clarksville.

The site is a currently vacant lot that sits at what is considered the southern gateway to the town.

The storage sheds will contain 190 units. Before work can be done on the site, Council will require Saunders to obtain a valid business license from the town related to storage facilities, obtain the required permits for construction, erosion and sediment control, and storm water management.

Once the project is complete, Council members called for Saunders to install a six-foot opaque fence of uniform construction at least ten feet from any property line that faces or abuts residential property.

In other business at the Council meeting Tuesday, Town Manager Jeff Jones said to date, 85 property owners around Clarksville have been issued notices that their buildings and grounds upkeep is not in conformance with town ordinances.

Of that number, 54 property owners have addressed the identified problems including a former gas station on Virginia Avenue known as the Old Hogan Gas Station and the “Old Young Store” on Buffalo Road. Repairs were made to the gas station and the store on Buffalo Road was demolished and the land graded.

The current owner of the former Blue Moon Café on Virginia Avenue told Jones he was working on getting a price to repair the building but was recently hospitalized. Jones said it has been suggested that the building should be demolished, and Harman Saunders has offered to donate some of his services for deconstruction.

Jones says he continues to work with James Loftis who has the property at 7259 Highway 58 Business. According to Jones, Loftis is working with a contractor on plans to deconstruct the dilapidated wooden structure attached to the southern side of his brick building. Since the floor of the wooden structure is connected to a block structure behind it, precautions need to be taken to preserve the block building.

Contractors must first construct a support wall before tearing down the old wooden potion. While Loftis said the timetable for the project is 30-45 days, Jones said the plans must first receive approval from the Mecklenburg County Building Inspector’s office.

Town Council approved a request from Katina Gregory to reserve Robbins Park for a family reunion to be held, Aug. 29, 2020.

Shentel Cable Television received a one-year extension to continue to provide cable services to homes and businesses around Clarksville while it works with the town to extend its cable services to homes annexed in 2014. Chris Kyle and Bryan Byrd with Shentel offered to pay a portion of the cost for this work and they will seek additional funds from the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI).

The agreement is a non-exclusive franchise, which last year garnered approximately $11,000 in revenue for the time

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