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File #: [21-0293]    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Status: Passed
File created: 3/29/2021 In control: Town Council
On agenda: 4/7/2021 Final action: 4/7/2021
Title: Amend the Lease with United States Postal Service (USPS) at 179 East Franklin Street.
Attachments: 1. SHPO Clearance Letter, 2. Post Office Amendment, 3. Deed Book Entry, 4. Council Questions with Staff Response, 5. A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE TOWN MANAGER TO EXTEND AND AMEND A LEASE WITH THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AT 179 EAST FRANKLIN STREET (2021-04-07/R-7)
Related files: [20-0643], [20-0644], [20-0186]

Amend the Lease with United States Postal Service (USPS) at 179 East Franklin Street.

Mary Jane Nirdlinger, Assistant Town Manager
Manager's Office
Dwight Bassett, Economic Development Officer
Economic Development

Overview: Council authorized the East Rosemary Economic Development Agreement as a framework to guide enhanced development in our Downtown. The existing Grubb building (CVS Plaza) and the proposed office building would work to tap the Meds/Eds/Beds (medical, education, and hospital/hospitality) sectors of our market. We believe we have tremendous potential for growth and retention of biotechnology and life sciences companies downtown. The Town's commitment to closing on the Wallace Deck property in May with Grubb Properties is part of this effort and it requires a lease amendment as described below.

That the Council authorize the Town Manager to amend the lease with the USPS on property adjacent to the Wallace Deck.

During our due diligence and title search for the East Rosemary project, we found that, in 1979, the Town granted the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the USPS the right to review any changes to the Wallace Deck property when the Wallace Deck Parcel was added to the deed restrictions connected with the Post Office building.

The Town is currently recombining property so that these Deed restrictions will no longer apply to the Wallace Deck.

In addition to tonight's action, the Town will also need to address zoning-related issues so the project can proceed:

1) The Town will need to create an Easement over the first 30' of the western edge of the park property so as not to limit the amount of glass or wall penetrations on the building. (Fire)
2) There may be a need for a text amendment or other consideration to allow the building to rise to the proposed height since the proposed setback and height do not meet current regulations at the property line. (Planning)

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