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Planning Commission – Developer Expresses Intent To Build Duplexes

By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY – Sherman Harley appeared before the Planning Commission at its regular meeting Monday night, April 21, with a proposal for an apartment complex project to be located on Calhoun Street.

Harley, who described himself as a resident of the city for more than 50 of its 150 years, presented tentative plans for a development that would contain ten, two-bedroom duplex units.

Commission Chairman Billy Humphreys explained that the property in that area is zoned R-1 and R-2 for single family dwellings and that an apartment complex would require re-zoning as R-3, multi-family dwellings.

He said that the first building would require 7,500 square feet of space and that each additional would require 3,000 square feet. Commissioner Levert Hawkins added that parking space would also be needed for each unit.

Commissioners agreed that Harley should produce a drawing of his proposed complex that would show the positioning of the units. If the drawings showed that the buildings would fit within the available space, Harley would be directed to submit the paperwork required to begin the rezoning process.

“There has been a lot of work done on that street in the last year,” Commissioner Bonnie Cox said.

At the commission’s previous meeting on March 17, William Hawkins requested a review of zoning ordinances for the opening of a game room for youngsters at 110 Railroad Street, according to Eddie Foster, commission secretary.

Foster said that the Board agreed that the proposed business met the zoning criteria and instructed Hawkins to apply for required permits and licenses at city hall.

The planning commission meets the third Monday of each month in the boardroom of city hall. To be placed on the commission’s agenda, contact Vivian Snider, city clerk.

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