Close to 40 people turned out Monday evening to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club to see Mark Baker, a consultant for property owner Frank Wood, present a proposal to rezone parts of Glenwood Avenue and North 35th Street.
Wood is seeking a conditional rezoning of a 2.4 acre parcel north of Glenwood Avenue from R-5 to R-8 to allow for a higher density development. The proposal map (below) shows 30 units that would be allowed with rezoning, and a reconnected 36th Street.
This is not a project yet per se, but is an attempt by Wood to lay the groundwork for a potential project. Baker said a few times that the idea is to get the zoning in place to be able to market the land to a developer. As such, Baker had a map showing the potential density, but no renderings or mention of a price point for the individual homes.
The vocal neighbors at the meeting repeatedly expressed concerns about the density and height of a potential development under R-8 zoning. The crowd expressed a strong preference for single family detached houses in a style and density more closely matching the surrounding neighborhood.
There also seemed to be a general skepticism about the process and Mr.Wood’s intentions. It was stated that Wood had previously agreed to develop detached single family homes at an earlier attempt to develop the property.
The proposal has been submitted to Planning, but has not been considered yet. It would then be sent to Council.