Jeff prepare commission OKs rezoning for previous Bethel A.M.E. | News

JEFFERSONVILLE — A neighborhood developer has handed the initially hurdle in his designs to redevelop…

JEFFERSONVILLE — A neighborhood developer has handed the initially hurdle in his designs to redevelop an historic former church making and its house in Jeffersonville into condos and patio properties, but some residents of the encompassing neighborhood say they are likely to proceed to speak out versus the task.

All over 20 persons attended the Jeffersonville Planning and Zoning conference Tuesday, with most interested in 1 particular docket product — the proposed rezoning of the previous Bethel A.M.E. Church creating at 200 West Park Position from NS (Institutional) to MS (Multi-family members, medium). The application was formerly filed by Nick Jones of Nick Jones Custom Residences, LLC. Jones also entered a revenue agreement with the church pastor on July 31, which was contingent on the rezoning approval.

Jones claimed in his introduction that, if accepted, he intends to shift towards placing six patio households in what is at the moment the church parking whole lot, and six apartment models within the making “or whatsoever we can do with it,” he explained.

Although the program fee ultimately voted unanimously to suggest the rezoning to the Jeffersonville Metropolis Council, which has closing say on that action, it did so right after 9 citizens spoke about the prospect — 8 from the adjust and a single in favor.

Most of the considerations have been centered close to parking, visitors and area problems, and the outcomes they say roughly 12 added residences in a tiny space could have on their silent community.

“We presently have sufficient difficulties with parking,” resident Heather Sauer reported in the course of public comment, adding that she was concerned about the deficiency of original information at this phase on what particularly items would glance like there. “He needs to be genuinely unique about what his plans are.”

A further resident, Dennis McAndrews, reported he was fearful about “too quite a few residences coming into a tiny region,” and that he preferred to know that it was a spot that would be nicely-maintained, not just constructed, sold and remaining. “I do not want to see a position which is not thoroughly preserved.”

Yet another resident mentioned she, like Sauer, had fears about the nonspecific preliminary designs.

“An unidentified number of condos is really frightening,” the resident explained, including that since the patio residences will abut her property, “My privacy will no longer materialize. If the proposed setting up goes through, I’m seeking to shift and then they can tear my residence down, far too.”

But Graham Park, who moved to the neighborhood about a yr back, claimed he needs to see other people have that alternative.

“I imagine to exclude multi-families from picking this would be a mistake for the city,” he said, introducing that Jones’ system appears to be great for the former church constructing alone, as effectively. “Otherwise, who will get it up? It may well tumble into decay.”

Pursuing public comment, Jones addressed some of the worries. Whilst a formal enhancement approach has still to be built and will have to go prior to a number of boards ahead of it is thoroughly authorised, he envisions about 1,000-sq.-foot-condos within the church with 1,000- to 1,200-square-foot patio households. All units will be marketed to proprietor-occupied and the patio properties will be governed by a homeowners’ association. He sees the dimensions as becoming a thing far more geared toward just one or two people, not huge family members.

As much as the have to have for off-street parking from the development, “I’m not projecting any,” he claimed. A rudimentary, to-scale sketch specified to the fee just before the vote shows 8 parking places designated for the condos, and he stated the patio homes will each have a driveway and garage.

He said after the conference he was “very happy” with the board’s conclusion, and will now function to finalize the acquire and formal structure ideas. With the former church constructing alone, he said he wants to maintain as substantially of the historic facade as possible, and whilst he may exchange some windows, desires to try out to retain some of the stained glass. He said the patio residences will have primarily brick to match the church alongside with vinyl, though he does not nevertheless know if they will be a person- or two-tale dwellings.

He mentioned he wasn’t amazed by the number of people worried about the venture because, “It’s a superior street, Park Location. I strategy on making it glance awesome.”

McAndrews, who was at the assembly with his spouse, Charlene, and was one of the persons to speak through general public remark, mentioned immediately after the assembly they will go on to oppose the progress and “will do what ever we can to struggle the homes’ setting up.”

Sauer, who also spoke in the course of public remark, isn’t stopping either. Other individuals gave the identical sentiment as they were being leaving.

“We’re not for it,” she reported. “As a team, we’re not carried out.”