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Posted on: March 5, 2019

City Council clears way for community center

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City Council voted tonight to grant a special use permit for the Danville Housing and Redevelopment Authority to construct and operate a community building at 524 Chatham Ave.

The facility would include a commercial kitchen, computer lab, and exercise room.

The Planning Commission earlier this month voted to recommend that City Council approve the special use permit subject to conditions. One condition is that scheduled events be limited to between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

In addition to this vote, City Council held a first reading on two grant items:

  • A grant of $56,347 from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to be used for equipment upgrades for the Danville Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team.
  • A grant of $55,220 from the Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services Board. The funds will be used for this year’s recreation enrichment program and for the expanded summer program operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. The Parks and Recreation Department will provide in-kind funds of $137,624 as a match.

A first reading is an introductory step required by City Code before certain matters can be voted upon by City Council. This procedural step serves to provide public notice of pending action. The Council could not vote on the matter tonight. The earliest vote that can take place will be the March 19 City Council meeting.

Also in the business session, Mayor Alonzo Jones presented a proclamation declaring the week of March 10-16 as Girl Scout Week. Representatives from Girl Scout Troop #970 received the proclamation.

Council's meeting included a business session followed by a work session. In work sessions, Council reviews non-routine matters that may be voted upon in future business meetings.

During the work session, the City Council discussed the following matters:

  • Regulations on bed and breakfast establishments.
  • Designation of the Danville Neighborhood Development Corp. as the city’s official land bank entity.
  • Revised purchase power agreements with Turning Point Energy.

In addition, City Council held a closed meeting as allowed by state law to discuss a prospective business or industry related to economic development and to discuss the acquisition of real property or disposition of publicly held real property.

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