JEFFERSONVILLE — A area developer has handed the first hurdle in his options to redevelop an historic previous church constructing and its property in Jeffersonville into condos and patio houses, but some residents of the encompassing community say they are heading to carry on to speak out in opposition to the task.
All-around 20 individuals attended the Jeffersonville Scheduling and Zoning conference Tuesday, with most fascinated in 1 particular docket merchandise — the proposed rezoning of the previous Bethel A.M.E. Church making at 200 West Park Spot from NS (Institutional) to MS (Multi-relatives, medium). The software was previously submitted by Nick Jones of Nick Jones Custom Households, LLC. Jones also entered a revenue arrangement with the church pastor on July 31, which was contingent upon the rezoning acceptance.
Jones reported in his introduction that, if accepted, he intends to go towards putting 6 patio houses in what is at this time the church parking great deal, and six condominium units inside the building “or whatsoever we can do with it,” he claimed.
Though the prepare fee finally voted unanimously to endorse the rezoning to the Jeffersonville Metropolis Council, which has remaining say on that action, it did so following 9 inhabitants spoke about the prospect — eight from the alter and one particular in favor.
Most of the issues have been centered all around parking, traffic and house challenges, and the effects they say around 12 more residences in a little room could have on their quiet community.
“We currently have enough difficulties with parking,” resident Heather Sauer mentioned all through general public comment, adding that she was apprehensive about the lack of first info at this stage on what precisely points would glimpse like there. “He desires to be actually certain about what his options are.”
One more resident, Dennis McAndrews, explained he was concerned about “far too several residences coming into a modest place,” and that he required to know that it was a place that would be very well-preserved, not just constructed, marketed and still left. “I don’t want to see a spot which is not correctly maintained.”
Another resident claimed she, like Sauer, had fears about the nonspecific preliminary plans.
“An unfamiliar selection of condos is definitely horrifying,” the resident reported, adding that since the patio houses will abut her house, “My privacy will no for a longer time materialize. If the proposed developing goes via, I’m hunting to shift and then they can tear my property down, way too.”
But Graham Park, who moved to the neighborhood about a calendar year ago, claimed he wants to see other families have that possibility.
“I assume to exclude multi-family members from deciding upon this would be a error for the town,” he stated, introducing that Jones’ system seems to be to be excellent for the previous church building by itself, as perfectly. “In any other case, who will just take it up? It may possibly slide into decay.”
Next community comment, Jones addressed some of the fears. Despite the fact that a official improvement program has still to be made and will have to go just before several boards ahead of it is totally authorized, he envisions approximately 1,000-sq.-foot-condos within the church with 1,000- to 1,200-square-foot patio properties. All units will be marketed to proprietor-occupied and the patio homes will be governed by a homeowners’ association. He sees the dimension as staying a little something much more geared toward 1 or two folks, not substantial households.
As far as the want for off-street parking from the enhancement, “I’m not projecting any,” he claimed. A rudimentary, to-scale sketch supplied to the commission before the vote exhibits 8 parking spots specified for the condos, and he claimed the patio households will every have a driveway and garage.
He said following the assembly he was “incredibly joyful” with the board’s determination, and will now operate to finalize the order and official design options. With the former church setting up by itself, he stated he desires to continue to keep as a great deal of the historic facade as doable, and though he may well substitute some home windows, wants to test to keep some of the stained glass. He explained the patio residences will have generally brick to match the church along with vinyl, although he does not nonetheless know if they will be a person- or two-story dwellings.
He said he was not shocked by the quantity of individuals concerned about the challenge since, “It truly is a superior avenue, Park Location. I strategy on building it seem nice.”
McAndrews, who was at the conference with his wife, Charlene, and was one of the people to discuss in the course of community remark, said after the meeting they will keep on to oppose the progress and “will do whichever we can to battle the homes’ creating.”
Sauer, who also spoke in the course of community comment, just isn’t halting both. Some others gave the exact same sentiment as they had been leaving.
“We’re not for it,” she said. “As a team, we’re not carried out.”