Renovations Planned for Existing Vine City Apartment Prompts a Rezoning Request

The existing four-unit multi-family complex is considered a non-conforming use based on the current zoning designation
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Last fall, Jonathan Mayweather submitted a request to revise the zoning and land use designation on a property currently containing an existing apartment to bring the use into compliance with zoning requirements. The current zoning of SPI-19-SA6 does not allow for multi-family.

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Neighborhood Planning Unit L will be reviewed the request to rezone the property located at 238 Andrew J Hairston Boulevard to SPI-19-SA5 on January 11, 2022. The Zoning Review Board will review the request in March according to the NPU-L agenda. In addition to the zoning designation change the applicant is also requesting a land-use change from Single Family Residential to Low-Density Residential.

According to documents submitted by the applicant, plans to renovate the existing non-conforming four-unit apartment include new doors, windows, siding, roofing, and new trim and paint. In addition, interior renovations include new flooring, drywall, fixtures, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing.

The applicant also prepared the documented impact analysis that argued that the rezoning is justified. When the Vine City area was recently rezoned to expand the mix of housing options in the area, the project site was the only sub-area that did not allow for multi-family housing units. In addition, because the plan is to renovate the existing building will provide a mix of housing in the area as advocated by the Comprehensive Development Plan. The documentation further argues that the project does not propose an increase in the building footprint or density, and the use continues to be suitable due to the number of similar apartments in the general area.

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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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