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Council Approves Amendments To 'Cottages' - Brevard NC


The Cottages at Brevard will have 40 units instead of the initially proposed 48, making for a better project, according to city officials.

The development, located off the Asheville Highway opposite Ingles, was discussed Monday during city council’s regular meeting.

The Cottages at Brevard is an affordable housing development for seniors. The estimated $6.3 million development is aimed at those 55 years old and up, the handicapped or disabled.

The project received a $225,000 federal Community Development Block Grant. Part of the money was used to make sewer line improvements.

Council’s approval Monday was needed to allow $50,000 of the grant money to be set aside for pedestrian sidewalk improvements and to OK the reduction of units at the site.

Brad Burton, the city’s assistant planning director, told council the unit reduction would make the site less dense and allow the installation of underground utilities, ultimately making it better to maintain and service for future residents.

Among the planned improvements is a sidewalk along Asheville Highway.

In other news at Monday’s meeting, council:

• approved its Animal Control agreement with the county;

• recognized city employee Alex Marquez for becoming an American citizen and city employee Daniel Cobb for graduating from the School of Government Municipal Administrative Course;

• received the monthly financial report, which showed sales tax revenues are trailing last year’s;

• received an engineering and utilities report, which noted that Oskar Blues “appears to be introducing a high demand” on the city’s waste treatment process. Ongoing work at the plant will need to be completed before the city can definitively say Oskar Blues is the source.

Sediment in Cathey’s Creek is also “over-running” the intake at the city water plant. The city is in the early stages of remediation plans.

• heard the city has applied for a grant from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to upgrade all public sewer lines to a minimum 8-inch diameter.

During the recent wet weather, the city has witnessed sewer discharges, but improvements to the system has caused the duration of discharge to decrease while the amount of rain handled has increased, according to officials.

• approved a resolution to award a police badge and service sidearm to Marty Burns, a retired police captain. The items will be given to Burns at a later meeting.

• approved a one-year extension of Milton Tynch’s tenure on the ABC board.


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