Adjusted zoning will allow The Tech Center on Greenville to accommodate new tenants while enhancing surrounding landscape. Council members voted unanimously to amend the base zoning of the site, located northwest of the Greenville Avenue and Bethany Drive intersection, during the council meeting on July 28. The new zoning allows the property to be used for light industrial purposes instead of its previous designation as a shopping center.
The Tech Center on Greenville will offer a flexible combination of office, warehouse and showroom space. The “light industrial” designation allows businesses such as locksmiths, bicycle shops, trade schools or building material sales to occupy the property.
“This product type doesn’t really exist in Allen,” said Bruce Heller, president of JaRyCo Development. “This is an outgrowth of what we’ve found the market telling us as we’ve leased our office buildings.”
Heller told councilmembers that many tenants have a primary function as an office, but require some sort of storage or loading space.
“All the people we’re talking to about this project don’t have facilities in Allen right now,” said Heller. “Some of them live in Allen, but they drive to Richardson every day to go to work.”
Because of its proximity to Greenville Avenue, city planners worked with JaRyCo to design enhanced landscaping and screening walls to eliminate views of trucks or loading docks. Tenants will be prohibited from displaying or storing materials outside their buildings. Any vehicles parked overnight may not be visible from public rights of way. In addition, JaRyCo will create a 60-foot greenbelt along Greenville to accommodate a detention pond.
“It’s sitting so far off [Greenville] that it will be hard to be noticed once those trees start growing,” said councilmember Joey Herald.