The Hoover Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday evening recommended that Hoover City Council approve a scaled-down version of the plans for the Village Green entertainment area at Stadium Trace Village.

The original plans for the entertainment area included an outdoor amphitheater designed to accommodate up to 1,200 people, but those plans were scaled down for crowds of up to around 650 people, said Jim Masingill, project manager for Broad Metro. , the development company for Stade Trace Village.

The 2.5-acre complex also originally included plans for a craft market, an art gallery with space for working artists, a wine tasting room, food and drink vendors, a playground and outdoor play area; and a studio for classes such as yoga, pilates, and martial arts. arts.

Some of those items will remain, but the plans were changed as the costs got out of hand, and it became apparent that more space was needed for parking right next to the restaurant part of the center, said Mark Gonzalez, engineer working with Broad Metro.

Slice Pizza will be the on-site restaurant vendor, and that business has indicated it needs more parking, Gonzalez said. The developer was also trying to be sensitive to the need for additional parking for the development as a whole, he said.

The plan recommended by the zoning council on Monday night includes 159 new parking spaces right next to the amphitheater and restaurant and 105 overflow parking spaces on a 4.9-acre site just south of Stadium Trace Village. The promoter plans to provide a shuttle service from the overflow parking lot during special events.

The new plan calls for a 4,700 square foot food court and a 3,000 square foot retail building, but the plans for the retail building are not as defined as they once were, a Masingill said.

The original plan called for a 500 square foot art gallery that includes space for the creation of live art by artists, approximately 800 square feet of studio space for rent by the hour for course instructors for things like yoga, pilates, and martial arts, about 300 square feet for a wine tasting room run by a Hoover resident who owns a winery in Calera, and a craft market to showcase Alabama-made goods.

The “retail” building is still considered a mixed-use building, but plans are more uncertain as to what will happen in that space, Masingill said. The developer still wants to include places for artists in the Village Green, but it could be that artists display their work in outdoor spaces, he said. Much of that remains to be determined, he said.

On Monday, the developers also didn’t mention initial plans for a children’s play area with interactive music equipment for kids and outdoor games for all ages, including a pétanque ball and a corn hole and six executive style putting greens.

Broad Metro no longer works with Wes Keith, a Louisiana music producer who would go on to be the managing partner of Village Green, Masingill said.

The new plan is to focus more on this as a “lifestyle venue” more than just a music venue, Masingill said. It probably won’t attract musicians to the level of someone like country musician Eric Church, he said.

The stage, however, will remain close to the same size it originally planned – around 1,200 square feet, Masingill said.

A sound specialist working for Broad Metro told the zoning board that plans for the amplified music have been adjusted to fit the amphitheater’s smallest footprint and he doesn’t think there will be any impact. sound for the Celebration Village retreat center planned next to Stadium Trace Village. or other residential property nearby.

“During the peak hours of the concert, we should bleed along with the traffic noise,” the sound specialist said.

City administrator Allan Rice noted that the amphitheater stage will be away from residential areas.

The town planning commission recommended that city council limit amplified music to the hours of noon to midnight, and Masingill said he expected concerts to end at 10 or 11 p.m.

Municipal authorities are requiring the developer to provide a pedestrian path between the overflow parking lot and Village Green, but the route is still undetermined. The plans submitted by the developer showed a sidewalk from the overflow parking lot, but it follows a path initially in the opposite direction and runs along the road to Stadium Trace Village.

Urban planner Mac Martin recommended that the developer plan a more direct route between the overflow parking area and the Village Green which includes stairs. Gonzalez said such a staircase would have to go up six floors due to the change in elevation and said the developer wanted to avoid this due to the cost and the belief that people wouldn’t want to climb the stairs that far.

The town planning commission approved the overall plan with this detail to be re-examined by the municipal council.

The new traffic plan submitted with Village Green provides for the addition of four-lane stop signs at two intersections of Stadium Trace Village: the intersection of Peridot Place and Amber Drive (by Edgar’s Bakery) and the intersection of Peridot Place and Emery Drive West (by Cajun Roux and Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant and Bar).

Masingill said the developer is eager to begin construction and hopes the Village Green will be open by July 2022, in time for the World Softball Games at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

“It’s an ambitious schedule, but that’s what we would like to do,” he said.

Hoover City Council is due to hold a public hearing and vote on the plans for Village Green at its November 15 meeting.

In other matters Monday evening, the zoning council recommended that city council approve plans for a Camp Bow-Wow daycare, grooming and dog training center in part of the current building. from Hoover Fitness at 2153 Clearbrook Road, just south of Bluff Park Village and across from Shades Mountain Plaza. The facility would be limited to 55 animals, with no more than 20 dogs outside at one time and no dogs outside between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m.