The abandoned Coca-Cola bottling plant on North Market Street can be turned into a mixed-use development.
Frederick’s Board of Aldermen granted rezoning and master plan approval, along with a waiver for dedicated parkland, by a unanimous vote Thursday.
Elected officials highlighted the benefits of the project on a vacant city property, as well as other contributions to recreation and historic preservation.
“We have a project that’s going to repurpose an important vacant building in the city of Frederick, and I think it’s something we can look forward to,” Alderman Michael O’Connor said.
“I’m excited to see this come to fruition,” Alderwoman Kelly Russell agreed.
The site is zoned for general commercial use, but must be changed to mixed-use zoning to allow the residential and commercial uses proposed. As part of the rezoning approval, project developer Catoctin Overlook must continue the Rails With Trails bike path across the property and preserve the street-front facade of the historic warehouse building on the property.
These conditions were set by the board of aldermen based on planning staff recommendations at a previous city meeting. Tricia Beisler, owner of Catoctin Overlook, said she was willing to abide by both conditions, The News-Post has reported.
The aldermen also greenlighted the project’s master plans, which include reusing three-quarters of the plant’s 12,400-square-foot distribution center building as a commercial or office space. Plans also call for constructing a 112,700-square-foot multifamily building with 86 units.
The new residential building will incorporate architecture that reflects the design of the historic buildings, including flat roofs and use of brick materials and smooth-faced stone.
Most of the remaining buildings at the plant, totaling roughly 24,000 square feet of warehouse and garage space, would be demolished.
The waiver eliminates the 43,000 square feet of parkland that developers were required to include under the city’s land-management code, a figure determined by the type of development and number of residential units.
Given the site’s proximity to three public parks, along with the developer’s commitment to continue the Rails With Trails bike path across the property, city officials agreed that additional dedicated parkland would not be required.
— Nancy Lavin