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Consider the March 19, 2007 Planning Commission minutes. - page 9 / 38





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Deputy Planning Director Allmon explained that the applicant The applicant requests approval of rezoning from R-1 (Single Family Residential) to TSQ (Townsquare) and site plan approval for a ground-floor commercial and upper-floor residential condominium development to be located at the southwest corner of 57th Street and Barton.  The application is filed by CBL Associates for Joe Lino, property developer.  


1.The subject tract is located on the west side of Barton, south of 57th Street.

2.The property was rezoned from R-1 (Single Family Residential) to TSQ (Townsquare) in 1997, in conjunction with a site plan to provide additional employee parking for Vita-Craft.  Due to a change in operations at Vita Craft, the project was not undertaken and the property was sold. In 2003, the property was rezoned from TSQ back to R-1 so that a single-family home could be constructed on the lot.  The plan for single-family construction on the property was never carried out. This rezoning request will return the property to its original 1997 designation.  The property to the south (not included in this rezoning request, but included as part of the development proposal) contained a single-family residential structure that recently has been demolished.  Past attempts to convert the small structure into a commercial building were never successful.  

3.Property to the north (across 57th Street) and west are zoned R-1 Single Family Residential. As mentioned earlier, property directly south is zoned TSQ.  Properties to the north and west contain single-family homes.  A duplex unit is located to the northeast of the site, and Capitol Federal Savings and Loan parking lot is located to the east of the site (across Barton).

4.The Land Use Guide of the Comprehensive Plan indicates this property and surrounding properties to the west property as being appropriate for development of medium density residential. The development proposal to construct residential condominiums on the site is in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan.  A goal of the Planning Commission and City Council is also to encourage development that increases daytime population in the downtown area.  The commercial aspect of the development proposal serves to advance that goal as well.

5.All bulk requirements have been satisfied.  There is no minimum lot size in the TSQ district and the property has frontage along a public street that exceeds 40 feet.  

6.Vehicular access to the property will be from both 57th Street and 57th Terrace and is adequate for public safety purposes.  

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