The City of Aiken Planning Commission gave thumbs up to a concept plan for a new retail business on Tuesday evening.
Commissioners unanimously recommended a concept plan for a Mattress Firm retail store as well as the annexation of the property where it’s proposed to locate to be approved by City Council. Commissioner Liz Stewart was not in attendance.
Council will conduct the first reading at its Jan. 14 meeting.
The proposed business would be located at 2424 Whiskey Road north of Lowe’s. Several buildings on site would be removed for the construction of a completely new structure.
The newly constructed building would locate on a 1.03 acre lot that is owned by Evie Jones. The building would be around 4,500 square feet in size.
The application included two waivers. The first waiver was to allow the building setback from the southern property line to be 5 feet rather than the required 25 feet.
Commissioner Jack Hunter inquired why the waiver was requested. David Stonieki with the Foresite Group, a civil engineering, landscape and architecture firm, said that with the business locating on what is only a little more than 1 acre, there wouldn’t be much room for drive aisles and parking under the setback requirement.
Stonieki added that they have chosen the most “skinny” of the company’s building designs.
The applicant also asked for a waiver from the requirement to plant trees in portions of the planting strips along the northern and southern property lines.
Both waivers were included in the recommendation.
Mattress Firm operates more than 1,100 locations in 28 states, according to its website. The company was established in 1986 and offers a variety of bedding products.