Maplewood City Council on Tuesday night gave the OK, granting a conditional use permit, for 22 Company, owned by Matt Williams, to use 7263 Zephyr Place as an apartment building. The 3-story, 6-unit building was built in 1925 as apartments, but has been vacant for about six years.
A resident who lives next to the building objected, saying there are several reasons why the permit shouldn’t be granted. He said it doesn’t meet setback regulations and doesn’t have enough parking. He also said the roof leaks and has interior water damage. He said the cost to repair would be too great and should be torn down.
Councilman Tim Dunn said the cost would be “astronomical,” but below the city’s standard that would require the building to be demolished.
City Manager Marty Corcoran said the conditional use permit would allow the building to go back to its original use. It lost its conditional use permit six months after the last tenant moved out. Zoning isn’t the issue, he said. He said setbacks and parking doesn’t apply, but air conditioning units would need to adhere to current setbacks. The council voted unanimously to allow the permit.
The officials also, without discussion, passed a bill to strengthen the city law regulating “Animals and Fowl,” adding horses to the list of farm type animals not allowed. The city does allow up to six chickens or ducks. They also OK’d a conditional use permit for Mark Rubin to use 2009 Yale Avenue to be used as an office.
Last night in Maplewood: The council amended the city’s code to prohibit the keeping of horses in the city. No word on any "nay" votes.
— Lisa Eisenhauer (@STLed) January 12, 2017
Later in the meeting Corcoran said the city has sold 7440 and 7442 Zephyr Place to Maplewood residents who plan to build a single house on the the lots. The lots were the site of the houses involved in the shooting of Maplewood firefighter Ryan Hummert in 2008. He said after the meeting that the lots were sold for $62,000, and the funds went into the city’s general revenue.