A local developer is seeking rezoning at the southeast corner of Sixth and Iowa streets that would allow a large office building and/or high-density housing.
Duane Schwada has requested that the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission consider rezoning 4.23 acres of the land to residence-office (RO-1) from multifamily residence (RM-2). There are about 7.5 acres at the site.
The planning commission is scheduled to discuss the request at its May 22 meeting.
City Planner Sheila Stogsdill said today that the zoning would allow Schwada, who filed the request as a partner in Nollid West Partnership, to use the property "for a large office use."
"We haven't seen any plans yet," she said. "His application is pointing out the fact that the rezoning would allow flexibility."
The rezoning also would allow a higher density residential use than under current zoning, Stogsdill said.
Another 3.22 acres at the corner is now zoned for limited commercial use (C-5).
The city staff recommendation to the planning commission should be completed later this week, Stogsdill said.
Schwada has done extensive grading work on the property since purchasing an option to buy the plot in the fall of 1989. He completed the purchase of the property from Dr. Richard O. Nelson in April 1990.