Apparently the Planning and Zoning Commission hearing last night was the place to be. Two hours were spent on the rezoning long-sought by the owners of the Great Hangups property alone. In the end, according to planning and development staff, the commission approved the rezoning of the entire property from R-1 (residential) to C-P (planned commercial).
Whomever buys the property will be limited to 8,000 sq. ft. of total building space, on no more than two floors, on a footprint of no more than 4,000 sq. ft. They’ll still have to abide by all of the other ordinances that exist governing stormwater, parking and so on. You can watch the replay of the meeting, if you’re so inclined, on the city’s television station next Tuesday.
And while some view this move as little more than a pathway to immediate demolition and long-term vacancy, I can’t help but hope it represents a major step forward for a site ripe for infill development (specifically, that neighborhood pub/bakery I have conjured). I hope, too, that the neighborhood’s fears of rampant commercialization, late hours and noise go unrealized.