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Kalahari Resorts applying for numerous special-use permits

PDF: Rendering of the proposed I-95 sign for Kalahari PDF: Parking layout

Date published: 5/4/2010


A special exception to construct a 110-foot high sign facing Interstate 95. The sign's digital board could be used for Amber Alerts and promoting community events, as approved by Kalahari. Approval of the sign, whose digital message couldn't update more than once every five seconds, is a requirement for the Celebrate Virginia site to be suitable for Kalahari.

A proposal to exchange 3.2 acres of right-of-way that Celebrate Virginia had previously dedicated for Carl D. Silver Parkway for 4.3 acres of new right-of-way. This would essentially reroute the unbuilt portion of the parkway so it doesn't bisect Kalahari's proposed site.

A special-use permit allowing Kalahari to build its resort up to 155 feet. City ordinance limits building height to 90 feet. Covenants on the Celebrate Virginia land state that no building may be visible by the naked eye from the Rappahannock River. Kalahari and the Silvers provided results of a balloon test that indicate the building would not be visible from the river.

A special-use permit that would allow Kalahari and the Expo Center to share 1,110 of the 2,744 parking places at the two sites. Kalahari plans to physically connect its convention center to the Expo Center, which would be used as exposition space that Kalahari would lease from the Silver Cos.

Throughout the applications that Kalahari and the Silver Cos. filed for the permits, the project is listed as the "anchor tenant" that would fuel additional development at Celebrate Virginia. Little declined yesterday to reveal specifics about the interest he's receiving, but he said it involves regional, national and international companies--many of whom have said they'll start after Kalahari does.

Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405
Email: bfreehling@freelancestar.com

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