City to amend zoning for LBWCC housing

Published 12:00am Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Andalusia City Council expects to amend its zoning ordinance later this month to allow for the construction of apartments adjacent to LBW Community College.

The LBW Foundation Board is building the apartments in partnership with a developer. There will be 24, four-bedroom units, providing housing for 96 students. If the council approves the change later this month, construction will begin in January.

The property on which the apartments will be built is adjacent to the college campus and will be accessed from campus. It currently is zoned for business and single family duplex apartments. The Planning Commission has had a public hearing on the issue and has recommended it be rezoned R-3 for multi-family dwellings.

The council also considered an ordinance to transfer ownership of the River Falls Street industrial property to the Andalusia Industrial Development Board.

The council approved a resolution assigning the cost of abatements at 500 Auburn Ave., $185; and at 626 Rankin St., $85. Property owners who fail to clean up or repair abated property are responsible for costs incurred when the city steps in and resolves the issue.

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