The Mount Jackson Planning Commission held a joint public hearing Monday evening to discuss the conversion of the old Triplett High School cafeteria into apartment units.
Todd Holtzman said he has permits to begin building a brewpub in the old Triplett High School building but is requesting a special use permit to convert the cafeteria into a small apartment complex. The building is and will remain zoned B-1 — prompting Holtzman’s request for a special use permit.
Holtzman said the cafeteria has been for lease for a year, but there has been no interest in the property from any developers. He said he plans to build four apartments in the 4,000-square-foot area. Each apartment would be roughly 1,000 square feet and have two bedrooms.
Because there will only be four apartments, Holtzman said it is unlikely they will be compliant with the Americans for Disabilities Act.
Neighbors and council members — who attended as part of the joint meeting — expressed concern about construction noise. Suzanne Porter lives across the street from the property and said she is “apprehensive about the presence of a brewpub … parking noise and petty theft.”
“I was also worried about the disruption the building of duplexes in the rear would bring,” she continued. “This seems to me to be only the beginning of a bigger goal of turning Triplett into an apartment building.”
Holtzmann said construction noise would be negligible and would only happen from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Everything is permitted, and the entire process is governed by the Town of Mount Jackson,” Holtzman said. “So we have to make sure we are not disruptive to the neighbors … and that will certainly happen.”
Councilwoman Bonnie Good expressed concern construction could start so early.
“Is it fair to have them awakened at 6 a.m. with banging and carrying on?” Good asked. “That’s something you could control.”
Holtzman insisted work could take place around the clock as long as noise ordinances aren’t broken.
“There’s no constraints with the county,” he said. “We could work 24 hours a day.”
Holtzman said he would have a clearer plan and schematics prepared for the next meeting when commissioners would vote on his application.
The Planning Commission will vote on Holtzmann’s request on Oct. 1.