Council considering rezoning that would allow for apartment development

Published 11:36 am Friday, February 16, 2024

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The LaGrange City Council is considering a rezoning request that would allow for a commercial and apartment development to be built near the corner of Addie Street and Ware Street.

The developer, Phillip Abbott. requested the property be rezoned from traditional neighborhood residential (TN-R) to traditional neighborhood mixed-use (TN-MX) to combine four parcels for a true mixed-use development.

City Planner Mark Kostial said Abbott is working with a developer to build approximately 21 apartments in conjunction with ground-floor commercial units within the next 24 to 36 months.

The Board of Planning and Zoning Appeals unanimously recommended the rezoning.

Kostial said the comprehensive plan for the area has a character designation as traditional neighborhood redevelopment, which has permitted land uses of multifamily residential, neighborhood commercial and mixed-use.

“It’s a good fit there. As far as development strategies within this character area, it also calls for the encouragement of the appropriate infill development,” Kostial said.

Kostial said that staff has not received any concerns from the public about the potential development, nor did anyone oppose the rezoning of the planning board. He noted they typically do not start to hear comments in favor or against rezoning requests until after signs are placed on the property and the potential rezoning is advertised. The council unanimously voted to call for a public hearing on March 12 to hear comments from the public on the potential rezoning.