North Commercial and North Main streets

Two sets of two-unit duplexes like this are planned in the city of Seymour by developer Ron Cardwell.

Pending the ultimate approval by the Seymour Board of Aldermen early next month, two sets of two-unit duplexes will be constructed on a strip of land between North Commercial and North Main streets.

The builder is Ron Cardwell Construction of Seymour.

Cardwell recently purchased a tract of land between the two streets, just north of the former Anderson Street Apartments and Anderson Street, measuring 74 feet by 250 feet.

At a special meeting last Tuesday, May 12, of the Seymour Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission, Cardwell told board members that the duplexes “will be very nice and of high quality,” adding that two structures, each with two duplex units will be constructed.

All four of the units with be two-bedroom, two-bath models with a one-car garage.

One duplex will face North Commercial Street.

The other will face North Main Street.

“The goal is to bring Seymour four nice, high-quality housing units on a strip of land that now sits vacant,” Cardwell explained to P&Z officials.

“I think there’s a big need here for this type of housing.”

All five of the P&Z board members at the meeting said they agreed with Cardwell’s analysis.

Cardwell’s request was that zoning for the property be changed from R-1 (single-family residence) to R-2 (multifamily residence).

P&Z members voted 5-0 to accept Cardwell’s application, moving his request to the next step in the process, which is a public hearing on the matter. Public notice will run for two editions in the Webster County Citizen, beginning today (May 20), while a printed notice was placed at the property last Wednesday, May 13.

The public hearing arrives at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, in the board room at Seymour City Hall before members of the P&Z commission.

This meeting is open to the public, and all interested parties can attend and speak on Cardwell’s zoning request.

After the hearing, P&Z members will vote on the board’s recommendation, then at the Thursday, June 4, meeting of the Seymour Board of Aldermen, elected officials will take the P&Z’s recommendation and vote to accept or deny Cardwell’s zoning request.

Cardwell said that if his request is granted, construction of the new duplexes will begin immediately.

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