Last Tuesday, July 6, it was decided.
Two days later on Thursday, it was official.
Approval was given by the Seymour Board of Aldermen to Seymour developer Ron Cardwell to rezone a strip of land at the intersection of A Street and Van Every Street from single-family residential to multi-family residential, allowing his company, Ron Cardwell Construction, to build a pair of triplexes at the site.
Cardwell said construction will begin immediately.
The decision by the aldermen came after a recommendation to change the zoning came from the Seymour Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission after P&Z officials held a public meeting July 6 on the issue, which was attended by three neighbors.
At the P&Z hearing, Cardwell detailed his project to the board members.
He said his plans were to build a pair of multi-family triplexes, all of them being two-bedroom, two-bath units that included about 1,000 square feet of living space.
Each will have a covered patio but won’t include a garage.
They also will have a front porch.
“They’re about identical to the ones I built on North Main Street and North Commercial Street, except they don’t have garages,” Cardwell explained.
They triplexes will face A Street to the east.
There will be a large parking lot along the front, spanning almost the entire 230 feet facing A Street. To the west of the parking lot will be a 5-foot sidewalk.
“These are going to be nice ... really nice,” Cardwell said.
“I’m not trying to sound boastful or arrogant, but I won’t put my name on something that isn’t well built and that looks very good.”
Early in the public meeting, a few objections were raised by the three neighbors present.
After about 10 minutes of discussion, where Cardwell detailed the project, those concerned were remedied.
“Are any of you now against this?” asked Alicia Hagen, chairman of the city’s P&Z board.
All of the neighbors said they were satisfied after having Cardwell detail the project’s plans.
When the P&Z board voted on its recommendation for the zoning change, the vote was 5-0 in favor of it. Casting votes were board members David Carpenter, Mary Carpenter, Jason Thompson and Hagen, as well as South Ward Alderman Dan Wehmer, who is the Seymour Board of Aldermen’s liaison to the P&Z commission.
At Thursday’s meeting of the aldermen, Ordinance No. 795 was passed in a 3-0 vote, which changed the property’s zoning. Voting in favor of the change were North Ward Alderman Darrel “Bub” Wallace, South Ward Alderman Nadine Crisp and Wehmer. North Ward Alderman Jim Ashley abstained from voting, noting that Cardwell is a relative.
With Thursday’s vote, the zoning change became effective immediately.
Cardwell said his plans are for the triplexes to be finished by early fall, hopefully sometime in September.