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Antiques store gets OK to move forward on EIP grant

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By Kristin Beck

The City of Carrollton’s Design and Review Board approved Rita Brown’s revised proposal for the Enterprise Incentive Program startup grant at its meeting Friday, Sept. 28. Brown is planning to open Rita’s Antiques and Décor Store in the former Towne Shop building at 416 Main St.

Brown requested $16,472.12 in her revised application. She originally applied and was approved for $4,483 at the Sept. 17 DRB meeting. However, upon finding out the grant was not matching, she decided to re-apply for additional funds.

The EIP startup grant provides funding up to $25,000 per fiscal year to an approved developer for interior improvement.

Her application will be reviewed and voted on at the next Carrollton City Council meeting Monday, Oct. 8.

Rita’s Antiques and Décor Store will sell antiques,  décor items, country primitive items, flower arrangements and candles in half of the space, according to the proposal. This area will be divided into 10 booths, which will be available for rent.

The other half will be a dining area where she will sell sandwiches, tea, coffee and homemade desserts.

The proposal includes money for laminate flooring, carpeting, bathroom and kitchen items, a fireplace, plumbing, interior paint and lighting.

Brown plans to open the antiques and décor portion on Oct. 15, according to her proposal. She plans to open the flower and arrangement area and the dining room by February 2013.

DRB also heard a proposal from United Citizens Bank, 503 Highland Ave., to construct a drive-through ATM. Code Enforcement Officer Scott Allnutt said the bank will not be able to do so because it is located in a C1 zone.

Public hearing to define ‘high density’ zoning

The City of Carrollton Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at city hall to receive public comment regarding an amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance.

The commission is proposing the ordinance define the term “high density residential” to mean no fewer than seven nor more than 20 dwelling units per acre.