Thu. Oct 14th, 2021

JEFFERSONVILLE — A area developer has passed the initial hurdle in his plans to redevelop an historic previous church developing and its property in Jeffersonville into condos and patio residences, but some citizens of the encompassing neighborhood say they’re likely to keep on to speak out against the undertaking.

Close to 20 people today attended the Jeffersonville Setting up and Zoning conference Tuesday, with most fascinated in one individual docket merchandise — the proposed rezoning of the previous Bethel A.M.E. Church building at 200 West Park Spot from NS (Institutional) to MS (Multi-household, medium). The software was formerly submitted by Nick Jones of Nick Jones Custom Residences, LLC. Jones also entered a sales agreement with the church pastor on July 31, which was contingent upon the rezoning approval. 

Jones stated in his introduction that, if permitted, he intends to transfer toward placing 6 patio residences in what is currently the church parking whole lot, and six condominium units inside the developing “or what ever we can do with it,” he reported. 

While the plan commission eventually voted unanimously to propose the rezoning to the Jeffersonville City Council, which has closing say on that phase, it did so right after 9 residents spoke about the prospect — eight towards the modify and one particular in favor. 

Most of the concerns have been centered all over parking, site visitors and place concerns, and the effects they say roughly 12 extra residences in a small area could have on their silent community. 

“We by now have ample issues with parking,” resident Heather Sauer said through public remark, incorporating that she was apprehensive about the lack of initial information and facts at this phase on what specifically issues would glance like there. “He desires to be seriously certain about what his plans are.”

A different resident, Dennis McAndrews, claimed he was anxious about “as well quite a few residences coming into a little region,” and that he preferred to know that it was a place that would be effectively-taken care of, not just designed, offered and left. “I do not want to see a spot that’s not appropriately managed.”

Yet another resident reported she, like Sauer, had issues about the nonspecific preliminary designs. 

“An mysterious amount of condos is actually horrifying,” the resident explained, incorporating that due to the fact the patio houses will abut her home, “My privacy will no lengthier occur. If the proposed making goes by way of, I am searching to transfer and then they can tear my residence down, too.”

But Graham Park, who moved to the neighborhood about a calendar year back, stated he wants to see other family members have that choice. 

“I assume to exclude multi-people from choosing this would be a miscalculation for the town,” he said, including that Jones’ strategy seems to be to be fantastic for the previous church making alone, as well. “Normally, who will get it up? It may possibly fall into decay.”

Following general public remark, Jones tackled some of the concerns. While a official growth plan has nevertheless to be designed and will have to go ahead of numerous boards before it is entirely authorised, he envisions roughly 1,000-sq.-foot-condos inside the church with 1,000- to 1,200-square-foot patio houses. All units will be bought to operator-occupied and the patio houses will be ruled by a homeowners’ affiliation. He sees the dimensions as currently being something a lot more geared toward just one or two individuals, not big family members. 

As significantly as the will need for off-street parking from the advancement, “I’m not projecting any,” he mentioned. A rudimentary, to-scale sketch supplied to the fee before the vote displays 8 parking places specified for the condos, and he reported the patio households will just about every have a driveway and garage. 

He said after the conference he was “incredibly delighted” with the board’s selection, and will now work to finalize the purchase and formal design and style ideas. With the former church building alone, he stated he wishes to preserve as considerably of the historic facade as possible, and when he may possibly substitute some windows, wishes to try out to keep some of the stained glass. He mentioned the patio households will have typically brick to match the church alongside with vinyl, despite the fact that he does not still know if they will be a person- or two-story dwellings. 

He reported he wasn’t amazed by the number of folks worried about the challenge mainly because, “It’s a very good street, Park Put. I plan on earning it glance great.”

McAndrews, who was at the assembly with his spouse, Charlene, and was a person of the men and women to speak for the duration of general public comment, said right after the meeting they will keep on to oppose the enhancement and “will do whatever we can to struggle the homes’ setting up.” 

Sauer, who also spoke all through general public remark, isn’t halting both. Others gave the exact sentiment as they have been leaving. 

“We’re not for it,” she mentioned. “As a group, we are not performed.”