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South Boston council issues permit for North Main apartments

SoVaNow.com / October 17, 2019
South Boston Town Council approved a four-bedroom apartment complex at one of the town’s stately North Main Street homes during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Convening a day late due to the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, Council members unanimously backed a special use permit for Joseph and Jami Cirotti, owners of the historic house at 616 North Main Street. The Cirottis plan to convert the brick dwelling into four apartments while making few noticeable changes to the exterior of the structure.

The Cirottis relocated to Halifax County from Stafford. While working on their home in the county, they fell in love with the North Main property. “We always wanted to flip a house,” Jami Cirotti told members of Council.

They plan to keep one of the four apartments for their own use. “Our granddaughter will be graduating high school in two years. We see this apartment as a home for her while attending community college,” Jami Cirotti said.

The special permit request drew no opposition from the public.

Council added one condition to the special use permit — a requirement that the Cirottis build a six-foot privacy fence along the right side of the lot with adjoining neighbor Wayne Adams. The privacy fence, which the Cirottis agreed to install, will shield vehicle lights from the parking area.

In other Town Council business on Tuesday:

» Council members approved an ordinance request from Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation to close the alley lying northeast of Wilborn Avenue and southeast of Johnston Street as part of MBC’s construction of the SOVA Innovation Hub. It was determined that there would be no inconvenience to the general public to abandon the public right-of-way.

» Town Council went on record in support of the proposed one percent sales tax referendum for school construction. The motion to approve the resolution was made by Bob Hughes and seconded by Michael Byrd.

During the comment period at the end of the meeting, Winston Harrell spoke in favor of the school sales tax. “The renovations [at HCHS] are going to happen one way or another. This is the best way to raise a large amount of money. People from outside the county are helping to pay for the schools.”

» Also, Council member Sharon Harris brought up issues with the retention of Town Council documents. Town Clerk Jane Jones will research the feasibility of storing and publishing Council information electronically.



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