New development sought

City commissioners tonight will hear rezoning requests to allow for a new commercial and multifamily development along Sixth Street between Queens Road and Stoneridge Drive.

The development in northwest Lawrence could allow for a retail store, a bank, restaurants and a convenience store to stretch between Queens and Stoneridge. Farther to the north, approximately 300 living units could be built just south of Overland Drive, said Mary Miller, a planner with the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department.

Commissioners will consider all the multifamily rezoning requests and a portion of the commercial zoning requests at their meeting, which starts at 6:35 p.m. today at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.

The multifamily rezoning requests have been recommended for approval both by the Planning Commission and the city’s planning staff. Parts of the commercial zoning have been recommended for approval by the Planning Commission, but the city’s planning staff has expressed concerns that the commercial area does not fit with the city’s comprehensive plan.