A residential structure on North Main Street in Mount Airy will be transformed into a contractor’s office — if city officials approve a rezoning request for the property.
The municipality has been petitioned by Broz Wilmoth-Thacker & Wall Service Co. Inc. to rezone a 0.537-acre parcel at 1326 N. Main St., which will be the subject of a public hearing on Aug. 17.
Broz Wilmoth-Thacker & Wall Service Co. is a mechanical contracting business that has been operating about 30 years, which is listed with a location on East Oak Street.
The site targeted for rezoning — which is next door to the city’s North Main Fire Station — is now zoned R-8 (single-family residential). The business is seeking to have that changed to R-4 CD (residential and office-conditional district) to accommodate the contractor’s office.
City government documents state that the property, situated in a predominantly residential area along North Main Street, is now owned by the Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Foundation in Elkin.
The structure there is vacant, but previously was used for office space.
Citizens can weigh in on the proposed rezoning during the Aug. 17 public hearing that will be held during a 7 p.m. meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners.
The Mount Airy Planning Board, an advisory group to the commissioners, has recommended the approval of the new zoning classification under conditions including:
• Truck deliveries at the site being permitted only on weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., in accordance with city zoning regulations pertaining to construction operations and the loading or unloading of vehicles.
• No large vehicle traffic (deliveries) being allowed along the northern property line adjacent to the residence.
Also, no outdoor storage would be permitted at the contractor’s office if the rezoning is approved, according to a memo from City Planning Director Andy Goodall.
No one spoke in opposition to the rezoning when the Mount Airy Planning Board recently considered the issue.
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