Having its proposal for renovating the former Oxford building into low-income apartments shot down by the Commerce Planning Commission, a St. Louis company presented a different proposal to the Commerce City Council on Monday night at the council’s “work session” meeting.
That proposal — 52 units of “senior” housing including 18 single-story two-bedroom apartments to be built behind the Oxford building — will still require a rezoning of the 2.7-acre tract from central business district to R-4 (multifamily housing — a previous story incorrectly indicated the request was to change to R-5) and variances in the number of units allowed per acre and the minimum square footage. Those recommendations will be on the city council’s agenda on Monday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at the Commerce Civic Center.
The original proposal was for income-restricted apartments, including 24 townhouse apartments behind the Oxford building.
The change in the project does not require JES Holdings to come back before the planning commission, said planning director David Zellner.
“They’re not changing the zoning (request),” he explained. “It’s still going to be R-4.”