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Mint Hill OKs exemption to overlay code

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to approve Meeting Street Co.’s request for an exemption to the town’s downtown overlay code, allowing the developer to bypass a rule requiring that 65 percent of townhome facades feature either brick or stone.

Meeting Street Homes sought the exemption so it could use HardiePlank siding on the 44 townhomes it plans on building on the remaining lots in the Brighton Park subdivision. The new units, which will average around 2,000 square feet, will feature brick foundations.

The developer said the use of siding would fit more appropriately with existing residences in the development, which is near Whitehawk Hill Road. Those homes were constructed before the town’s brick requirement came into effect.

Meeting Street plans on building about 20 of the two-story townhomes a year. They will feature master bedrooms on the first floor and two-car garages and be priced in the low $200,000s.

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