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Paint plan OK'd for Urban Park Towers

Two different shades of beige and some white paint will be used on the exterior of the city's tallest building, the city Planning Board decided Monday.

The board accepted the paint plans of Lawler Wood, the Knoxville, Tenn.-based company that owns Urban Park Towers, 77 Main St.

As a condition of a continued property tax break on the 12-story building, the city insisted on a new facade that its officials believe will fit in better with the nearby stores.

Company vice president William Barry Brooke said Lawler Wood, which operates subsidized housing projects all over the country, has plowed about $400,000 into painting and the installation of a new faux stone facade on the lower four stories on the front of the building.

Brooke said the facade will include some dark green awnings over the front windows.

The exterior makeover was part of a total renovation of the 150-apartment building, which will cost the company almost $2 million, Brooke said. The inside work, which included air conditioning every apartment, is "99 percent complete," he said.

In other matters, the board approved a proposal by St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for construction of a 28-by-42-foot storage building behind its Outreach Center in the former parochial school on Chestnut Street. However, the approval was conditional, with the understanding that more green space would be created, a drainage plan would be submitted and the Dumpster would be moved.

Progress in meeting the conditions will be reported on July 16, when the board will also consider the church's proposal to add 10 parking spaces on the east side of McCollum Street.

The board also approved a 24-by-36-foot garage to store maintenance equipment at the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Rehabilitation and Health Care Center on Lake Avenue.


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