Old Coca-Cola plant (copy)

The city’s Planning Commission has approved a final site plan and a combined forest stand delineation and preliminary forest conservation plan for the mixed-use Catoctin Overlook development planned for the former Coca-Cola bottling plant property on the city’s north side. The approvals give the green light to move forward with groundbreaking, which is set for early summer.

Plans to turn a vacant, former Coca-Cola bottling plant on North Market Street into a mixed-use development are moving forward with a tentative groundbreaking set for early summer.

The city’s Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a final site plan and a plan to protect and maintain trees on the site, which allows developers to move forward with construction.

Known as Catoctin Overlook, the slated development at 1705 N. Market St. includes construction of an 86 multifamily-unit residential building and conversion of a 9,200-square-foot portion of the existing building into a 5,200-square-foot, 150-seat restaurant and 4,000 square feet of office space.

The launch of the planned 4.85-acre development has been a long time coming.

According to the staff report, in 2014, the Board of Aldermen approved an application to demolish the existing structures after denying a request to place a historic preservation overlay on the property.

In October 2015, the Board of Aldermen approved a request to rezone the property from neighborhood commercial to mixed use through the placement of a floating zone. Two conditions were tacked onto the approval, which included requiring the developer to construct the rails to trails path section parallel to the eastern property line and retain the exterior facade of the main building adjacent to North Market Street.

The current proposal is for developers to retain the 9,200-square-foot portion of the total 12,400-square-foot main building and demolish a free-standing, 13,447-square-foot warehouse behind the main building. The majority of another attached warehouse is also set for demolition to allow for vehicles to pass through the property to the rear.

The three commissioners who attended Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting — Chairwoman Barbara Nicklas, Commissioner and Alderwoman Kelly Russell, and Alternate Commissioner Alan Imhoff — voted unanimously to approve the plans.

The vote came after minimal discussion with Chris Smariga, the principal of civil engineering firm Harris, Smariga & Associates, who served as the applicant requesting the approvals.

One member of the public, city resident Trish Cunningham, also spoke against the development, citing concerns about increased traffic and density.

Imhoff said he believes the development is a positive thing for the area, and pointed out that traffic used to come and go frequently from the area when the bottling plant was in operation, and thus the potential issues are not new.

Russell said the city is growing and developments such as Catoctin Overlook are needed to accommodate that growth.

“The truth of the matter is, we are growing,” she said. “We need to accommodate the people who are coming here, spending money here.”

Smariga said he anticipates beginning construction on the project in early summer if all goes as planned.

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(11) comments

elymus43

It seems they let the developers and builders build homes and etc., and worry about the problems they cause LATER. The people should be glad Alan Imhoff was not elected to the BOA. The city is only concerned about the building industry.....

dollymommy

Wow, as if that end of North Market Street isn't crowded enough! I'm sorry to think of the impact this will have being next to the beautiful Rose Hill Manor. This will also require another traffic light to be installed somewhere along there. Drive up that way some afternoon when everyone is leaving TJ High, TJ Middle and the Banner School. The current intersection of N. Market and 16th Street is already a mess. Granted, the former Coca-Cola plant is an eyesore, but this just seems like an odd location for something that promises to be so big. Just can't picture how traffic will flow in and out of there. Should be interesting!

Dwasserba

Will there be a parking deck for residents? You know that restaurant goers will usurp designated parking if it gets tight. There is no street parking there.

cartermr

Always get a kick out of people living here now not wanting any more to move here. Cities grow. It's all about the planning. Getting involved with that is way better than sitting back and griping.

thirteen

The traffic is going to be awful, and anybody who says otherwise is sorely misinformed or is misrepresenting the facts to serve his own interest. And what kind of "restaurant" spreads over 5200 sq. ft. and seats 150? That's not a restaurant; that's a mess hall. We're in for it. Again.

wind chaser

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Frayou

Agree. I use to go through this area from f via 194 from work to get home to avoid 26 bottle neck onto 15 South. It is a mess at 3 pm rush hour parents picking up kids at school with traffic trying to go through town using East street. It will only get worse with all the developments going on at this end of town. Planners will approve the development and leave the traffic problems to others. As usual.

wind chaser

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wind chaser

Just what Frederick needs another apartment complex, As if the traffic isn't bad enough already in that area.

sevenstones1000

Where do you see an apartment complex?

bkolbay

"includes construction of an 86 multifamily-unit residential building"

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