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Rocky Mount Mills seeks city’s OK for motel

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This artist's rendering depicts a group of 'tiny homes' that would function as a motel at the Rocky Mount Mills.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Rocky Mount City Council has postponed a decision on rezoning property at Rocky Mount Mills.

Developers want to rezone 5.42 acres located at 20 East Elm St. and an adjacent parcel from residential to business with the only permitted uses being motel, hotel or motor court operations.

A public hearing was held Monday regarding the request to turn the property from residential to commercial for the establishment of a collection of “tiny homes” that would function as a motel. After the hearing, the council tabled the item until its April 9 meeting so city staff can amend zoning conditions that would apply to the site.

The revised ordinance would cap the density and number of units and ensure a landscape buffer is in place to separate residential and commercial, or unlike uses, as a continuing condition, said Tameka Kenan-Norman, the city's chief communications and marketing officer.

The Mills is proposing that no more than 30 tiny homes be permanently positioned on the site. The homes would be 180 to 240 square feet and positioned in a way that the wheels of the homes would not be seen. Currently, Asheville is believed to be the only city in North Carolina that has something similar; however, the tiny home community there isn't being used as a motel.

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