Apartment proposal receives support from Springfield council

Springfield is in need of more housing, and a proposal for 14 one-bedroom units west of Mercy Hospital on Cherokee Street was described by multiple Springfield City Council members as just what the city needs.

The developer, One Hundred Two Glenstone Inc., is seeking to rezone lots containing four single-family homes along East Cherokee Street between Hampton Avenue and the TownePlace Suites at National Avenue and Cherokee to medium density multi-family residential. Plans call for a two-story building containing 725-square-foot, one-bedroom apartments, with 22 parking spaces behind the building on the properties, which total about 0.7 acres.

The development proposal was regarded both as a way to realize the step-down approach between higher intensity and commercial uses and single-family neighborhoods, while filling the need for “missing middle” housing. “Missing middle” describes housing that is between high-density apartments and single-family homes, such as duplexes and townhomes, a need highlighted in the city’s housing study.

Springfield City Council will consider a request to rezone several parcels of land in the area of 1100 East Cherokee Street from single-family homes to medium-density multi-family housing.

P&Z, council differ on development’s value

When the development appeared in front of the Planning & Zoning Commission in mid-June, commissioners said the approach was not “stepped down enough.” They recommended denial in a 2-5 vote, with one commissioner absent and one not voting. For them, the reasoning was similar to what neighbors of the property highlighted in their comments at the neighborhood meeting ahead of the hearing — a preference for low-density over middle-density housing.

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