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March 19, 2014

Property owners ask for multifamily zone change

Some planners opposed to more apartments in city

RICHMOND — Owners of two adjoining properties on South Killarney Lane are asking the city’s planning commission to recommend a zone change so an apartment complex can be built on the site.

However, some commission members expressed concern about allowing more apartments to be built in Richmond.

“I thought as a board we’ve voiced an opinion that we have too many apartments in this town already,” planner Neen Wiggins said.

At a Wednesday morning speech to the chamber of commerce, Mayor Jim Barnes said he would not vote to approve any more R3 (multifamily) zone changes. The city commission, of which the mayor is a member, has final say on zone changes.

One of the properties discussed is the site of the former Richmond Realty office at 138 S. Killarney Lane. The building was destroyed by fire, but before it was a realty office, the building was an apartment complex.

The property’s net taxable value is $90,000, according to the county’s PVA records.

The second, adjoining property, at 130 South Killarney Lane is owned by KLPP LLC, whose registered agent is Robert Michael McCord, according to state business filings.

The total taxable value of the property, which has a building that formerly housed the McCord Accounting office, is $165,000, and the land value is $30,000, according to PVA records.

The owners, represented at the meeting by attorney Mike Eaves, want to change the zoning of the two properties from B3 (business) to R3 because a third party is interested in buying the land and constructing an apartment complex.

The area already is populated by several apartment complexes in B3 zones, according to Planning and Zoning inspector Kevin Causey. At one time, before a revision of codes ordinances, multifamily structures could only be built in B3 zones.

Richmond had a total of 13,788 housing units recorded in the 2010 Census. The homeownership rate, from 2008 to 2012, was 39.5 percent, and the total housing units in multi-unit structures was 53.3 percent.

The board took no action on the matter at the work session, and it will be discussed again at the 5:30 p.m. business session Thursday at City Hall.

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