Dover to review Robbins block site application – News –

DOVER — The city will get its first public look at plans to revamp the Robbins Block on Washington Street in Dover at a meeting Thursday.

The city’s Planning Technical Review Committee will review the site review and conditional use permit applications for the planned mixed-use development where the Robbins Auto Part Store and Orpheum Theatre once operated. The documents were submitted last month by Tighe & Bond, which is representing the Boston-based real estate developer Cathartes, which owns the properties through its entity 104 Wash Street, LLC.

According to the application, the Cathartes will consolidate 10 separate parcels that encompass the area bordered by Washington, Locust and Chestnut streets to construct a five-story, mixed-use building. The first floor will include 3,327 square feet of restaurant space, 4,000 square feet of retail space and 3,962 square feet of leasing management and resident amenities.

The second through fifth floor of the 57-foot tall building will include 130 residential units. The project will consist of 98 on-site parking spaces. Through street work around the development, there will be a gain of nine on-street public parking spaces, the documents state. The applicant will also construct a public park near where Chestnut and Locust streets converge.

This summer, the City Council approved a term sheet agreement with Cathartes and its community revitalization tax relief application to aid the redevelopment of the site. In the deal, Cathartes will convey parts of its land near Chestnut and Washington streets to improve the intersection. The company will also pay for the engineering costs for the intersection improvement.

The approval of the tax relief application allows Cathartes to pay property taxes based on its current $2.1 property tax assessment through construction and five years after the building is finished. After, the guaranteed tax assessment…

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