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St. Joe’s requests 15 more years for development plan

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Citing fundraising issues sharpened by a morose economy, the folks at the St. Josephs Community are asking the Planning Board to extend approval of their long-running expansion and improvement plans for another 15 years.

Approval of the community’s expansion plans is set to expire at the end of November, a decade after it was granted.

“The reason for this request has to do with the capacity of the St. Josephs community to effectively and prudently raise capital to execute the projects in full, particularly within the current economic climate where both donations and lending are compromised,” St. Joe’s rep, Andrew Reed, wrote in a letter asking the city for more time.

The community, which includes an elementary and high school and a church, had won the okay for more than a dozen expansion and improvement projects.

The list of completed projects includes a high school library, remodeled high school science labs and a gym, elementary and high school music rooms, a new driveway, parking lot and perimeter fencing. To be completed projects include completion of the Science/Communication Arts Facility Building and second floor offices, Notre Dame Hall expansion and interior and outdoor gathering spaces.

Also on the agenda Monday night are a review of plans for the former Cavanaugh Motors site, which its new owner would like to turn into a set of commercial buildings called Park Vista Square that is envisioned to include a restaurant, retail and offices.

The board is also slated to review plans for a new, two-story home in an area of predominantly ranch houses off Fernside Boulevard that the board had considered zoning in a way that could have all but prohibited two-story homes. The applicant first submitted his plans to the city in December 2005.

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