The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 15, 2013

Joplin zoning panel recommends denial of plan for fourplexes

By Debby Woodin

JOPLIN, Mo. — A Joplin neighborhood that last year opposed a plan by a developer to build an apartment complex is now opposing a proposal to build fourplexes.

Three residents and a builder of Joplin Square, a neighborhood south of 32nd Street, expressed opposition Monday to a proposal to rezone two lots there from single-family residential zoning to fourplex zoning. After testimony at a hearing before the Joplin Planning and Zoning Commission, the commissioners voted to recommend that the City Council deny the zoning change.

Residents Jerry Chew, 2302 E. 36th St.; Allen Shirley, 3520 S. Alabama Ave.; and Barbara Medler, 2613 E. 35th St., all testified against the plan. Testimony in opposition also came from Jake Mayberry of Mayberry Construction Co., which has built houses and duplexes in the area.

Chew and Shirley said there are property covenants that reserve the land for home construction for single families, not multifamily dwellings. Shirley said the location proposed for the zoning change is on the last two lots open for building in the neighborhood. “It behooves the commission to keep with the type of homes built there,” which he described as houses valued at $250,000 to $300,000.

Medler said that when she bought her home, she was told by the seller that those lots were intended for single-family homes.

Mayberry, whose company has constructed homes and duplexes in the neighborhood, said he did not recommend fourplexes in that area.

That neighborhood turned out heavy opposition last March to a proposal to build apartment houses near 36th Street and Alabama Avenue. Developer Branson Harris withdrew his request for special-use permits for land he intended to use for parking for the apartments after a number of residents voiced opposition to the zoning commission.

The panel recommended approval of:

• A request for a special-use permit to extend parking lots to 2715 and 2727 S. Joplin Ave. for the office building of Dr. Cynthia Croy.

• A special-use permit for Triple R Recyclers to operate at 510 S. Tyler Ave. Owners Ricardo and Alicia Rodriguez said they will handle clean cardboard and plastic only.

• A change to commercial C-3PD zoning on Eighth Street, east of St. Louis Avenue, for Richard Nixon to build a new business, Nixon’s Garage. He currently leases a building at 720 S. St. Louis Ave., owned by Dennis Ruark, who also obtained a recommendation for rezoning of property at the northeast corner of Eighth Street and St. Louis Avenue as C-3PD.