Modified Manteo Common plan approved

Published 9:26 am Sunday, February 9, 2020

After the original Manteo Common plan met resistance from Dare County officials and the business community, the plan was revisited and modified. The original plan placed the emphasis on community and green space at the expense of parking spots.

The Dare Board of Commissioners balked at the plan, saying their intent to lease the county-owned land to Manteo was to relieve parking problems. Some Manteo business interests also voiced frustration that the original plan would have less parking spaces than already existed at the site of the Old Raleigh Hotel on Budleigh Street. The old hotel and other buildings were demolished, making way for the project.

A new compromise plan that cut down on buffer space and eliminated one driveway to accommodate more parking was unveiled at the January Manteo Board of Commissioners meeting. The new plan increases parking from 43 spaces to 60 spaces while maintaining a modified green space. Town manager James Ayers told the board the plan was an effort to seek a balance.

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Manteo commissioners voted to approve the latest plan and accept a nearly $223,000 grant for project funding.  A timetable for the project was not mentioned.



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