A proposed commercial development of the former school site isn’t a done deal. Roanoke council must be clear on its goals for the property.
On Tuesday, Roanoke City Council will hold a public hearing to consider a zoning change for the site of the former Huff Lane Intermediate School so that a developer can build two hotels and a restaurant.
The zoning change comes before council with a unanimous rejection by the city’s planning commission. Since then, the Williamsburg developer, NDRA II LLC, revised the plans to shave the complex’s height profile, one point of contention.
Ordinarily, a project that fails to earn the planning commission’s approval would experience similar defeat in its appeal to council. But this is no ordinary project.
Look for two op-eds coming Monday.