A St. Louis company’s plan to renovate the former Oxford building in downtown Commerce into apartment units suffered a major setback Monday night when the Commerce Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the city council deny the company’s rezoning request.
JES Holdings, doing business as Residents of Oxford Mills LP, sought to have the 2.69-acre tract rezoned from central business district to R-5 (multi-family housing) as a first step in the project. The Commerce City Council will vote on the request at its April 21 meeting at 6 p.m. in the Commerce Room of the Commerce Civic center. Its plan is to renovate the former sewing plant building —which is owned by the city — into 36 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments and build 24 townhouse apartments on the back side — all designated as “affordable housing.”
And that appeared to be the rub.
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