Aiken City Council will hold its first meeting of 2013 on Monday and will start the year off by reviewing an application regarding a possible new business.
Mattress Firm is planning to construct a new store in Aiken, and City Council will conduct the first reading of the annexation request from Evie Cheek Jones who owns the 1.03 acre lot where the retail business would locate.
The concept plan of the retail store is also up for approval.
The proposed business would be located at 2424 Whiskey Road north of Lowe’s. Several buildings on the site would be removed for the construction of a completely new structure that would be approximately 4,500 square feet in size.
On Dec. 11, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended Mattress Firm’s concept plan as well as the annexation of the property be approved by City Council. Commissioner Liz Stewart was not in attendance.
Two waivers were included in that recommendation. The first waiver is to allow the building setback from the southern property line to be 5 feet rather than the required 25 feet.
David Stonieki with the Foresite Group, a civil engineering, landscape and architecture firm, said at the December Planning Commission meeting that with the business locating on what is only a little more than 1 acre, there wouldn’t be much room for drive aisles or parking under the setback requirement.
He added that they have chosen the skinniest 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.
Council will also review a request to place a historic marker in commemoration of the Aiken Graded School which was funded by Julius Rosenwald who donated money in the 1920s to build schools throughout the south for African-American children, according to a memorandum. The school opened in 1925 and closed in 1969.
If approved, the marker would be placed at the northeast corner of Kershaw Street and Hampton Avenue where the school was located before it was demolished in 1973.
The meeting will start at 7 p.m. on Monday in Council Chambers which is upstairs in the Municipal Building located at 214 Park Ave. S.W.