Development Plans Seek Partial Demolition of Greenway Manor Barn

The partial demolition of the English bank barn at Greenway Manor on South King Street is eyed to make way for a commercial development.

The circa 1850 barn is listed as a contributing resource in the town’s Old and Historic District, and its future has been discussed by the town’s Board of Architectural Review on several occasions as its members consider issuing permission for its partial demolition. The application was expected to be back before the BAR this week, but the applicant requested a deferral until a meeting later this month or in early March.

According to a staff report, the main block of the barn would be retained and incorporated into the proposed nonresidential development. The partial demolition of the barn would eliminate about 40 percent of the structure’s footprint.

The town staff has contended that demolishing the north wing portion of the barn would not alter its historic integrity; a report states that was likely not part of the original structure. However, the staff is opposing the demolition of the south wing, which would impact its historic integrity.

With the demolition approval in limbo, the applications to consider a rezoning and special exception applications on the site are still under staff review, before moving to the Planning Commission and Town Council for final approval. As currently proposed, the applicant, Stanfield Company LLC, hopes to do an adaptive reuse of the site, incorporating the barn into a nonresidential development that would include a private elementary school, relocation of the existing child care center on the site—Destiny School of the Arts, worship and performing arts centers, and accessory office, retail and restaurant uses. The development plans were initially approved by the Town Council in 2012. The new round of applications seek some modifications to those earlier designs.

A rendering of the proposed mixed-use commercial center envisioned for the Greenway Manor property on South King Street show the bank barn incorporated into the overall design on the project.

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