Legislature clears way for two developments

The Legislative Assembly approved two changes to the 1997 Development Plan on Wednesday, clearing the way for the Gran Palazzo condo project on North Sound and a new commercial development on the Linford Pierson Highway.

The Gran Palazzo proposal, planned for the Crystal Harbour area of West Bay, includes more than 120 luxury condos on the North Sound shore. The $200-million project covers roughly 4.5 acres, but about an acre and a half needed to be reclassified from low-density residential to zoning for hotel and tourism.

Developer Lewis Ebanks said the final vote on the new zoning was a formality since it was a small parcel zoned for residential surrounded by land designated for hotels and tourism. He said he hopes to break ground on the development in November.

The current plan includes 10 six-story condo buildings and several pools adjacent to the North Sound Golf Club.

The Central Planning Authority approved the new zoning in May and forwarded the case to Cabinet to consider changing the Development Plan. Cabinet and the Legislative Assembly have now given their final approval, the latter in a unanimous vote.

Legislators also voted unanimously Wednesday to change the zoning in the Development Plan for a new commercial center on Linford Pierson Highway. Almost 45 acres of uninhabited bush on the eastern end of the highway, just before it ends on Crewe Road, has been converted from residential to neighborhood commercial. Most of the property is on the southern side of the road.

The site can now be used for a shopping center or similar large retail and commercial development.

Exeter Property Development requested the zoning change, which the Central Planning Authority approved in July. Exeter is part of the Phoenix Group, which built the National Gallery and a number of other buildings.