Mixed-Use Redevelopment Plans Continue to be the Trend

The development displaces low-rise buildings and a small church in the Marietta Street Artery Overlay District with commercial and multi-family.
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AC Residential Partners LLC, a Texas Based company, has submitted plans to assemble several properties on the east side of Howell Mill Road between 10th Street and 9th Street and redevelop the lots into a mixed-use development consisting of sidewalk level commercial and multifamily units. To facilitate the Marietta Street Artery Overlay District project, a rezoning from the industrially permitted uses is necessary.

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Neighborhood Planning Unit-E will be reviewing the 10th and Howell Mill Development rezoning request from I-1/MSO to MRC-3/MSO at 965-975 Howell Mill Road NW, 956 3rd Street, and 950-968 Image Avenue during their December meeting with a public hearing scheduled for January 6th or 13, 2022 with the Zoning Review Board according to the NPU agenda.

According to application documents, the property is currently improved with a few aging, low-rise buildings, including a former church and surface parking. As stated in the application, any adaptive reuse of the existing buildings, including the church, is not economically feasible or desirable. Approval of the rezoning will facilitate a mixed-use development with 25,479 square feet of retail and 343 multifamily units. Parking will be accommodated in structured parking constructed on the property as part of the proposed building. Vehicular access to the project will be provided from 9th Street and 3rd Street.

The request to rezone the property to the MRC-3 zoning district is supported by the current Mixed Use comprehensive development plan designation.

The area around the subject property has transitioned from a predominantly industrial area to a mixed-use site energized with new residential and commercial uses. As a result, the existing industrial zoning of the property is becoming incompatible with the neighborhood. As stated in the application, there have been rezoning approvals in the area for MRC-3 zoning, which further supports the proposed change.

The multifamily portion of the project will contain 130 studios with a monthly rental of $1,600. There will also be 116 1 bed/1 bath units and 97 2 bed/2 bath units renting from $2,000-$2,500 per month.

If the rezoning is approved, the applicant will commence development by pursuing a special administrative permit approval and lot consolidation approval. The projected completion date of the development is anticipated in late 2024.

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Dr. Anita Archambeau

Dr. Anita Archambeau

Anita Archambeau, DPA AICP, is a freelance writer, adjunct professor, and consulting urban planner. She has over 25 years of community and economic development experience in local government. When she’s not working, you can find her exploring local craft breweries, walking her two beagles, or traveling to visit her adult children living in New York City and Minneapolis.
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