Danbury approves RiverStreet Networks building

By Nicholas Elmes - nelmes@civitasmedia.com

The Danbury Town Council gave unanimous approval to a request from RiverStreet Networks to rezone a parcel on Main Street to Business 2 to create a new retail and office location for their planned internet, phone and TV services.

John Turpin told the board that the town’s Planning Board had reviewed the request and was recommending approval.

“RiverStreet came and presented to us along with the county,” said Turpin. “The county will be leasing the property to RiverStreet. It got unanimous approval.”

“What we want is a retail store where customers can come in and sign up for service,” said

Engineering Supervisor Jody Souther. “It will also operate as a central office location. It will be a place where the central office technicians can come in and work out of.

“We are looking at hiring two customer service reps that will be employed there,” he added. “We will also have one or maybe two field technicians work out of there and a central office technician.”

Council member Dave Hoskins questioned plans to remove some trees from in front of the proposed building.

That is a lot of growth that has been there fro a long time,” he said, asking the company to consider leaving some of the trees. “Please take that into consideration instead of killing everything and then replanting.”

Souther said the company would consider the request, noting that work on the property would start in the near future.

“We have a pretty aggressive build out plan,” he said. “Once we have the approval to access the property and start we would want to start immediately. A design company in Winston, the same firm that designed the bank, is doing structural plans and designing the parking lot.”

Souther said the initial build-out of internet services would pass approximately 2,500 residents, noting that they had already staked the route int he Danbury area and expected to start putting fiber int he ground in late August or early September.

“That came out to be about 60 miles will will be building here,” he said. “We have the job out for bid right now.”

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

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