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Apartment complex planned for northeast Roswell

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Lisa Dunlap Photo A local businessman is interested is building apartments and storage units on this East College Boulevard property.

A Roswell man plans to build an apartment complex in northeast Roswell.

Dean Schear, one of the partners in Roswell Family Care medical clinic, has received approval for the zoning change necessary for his plans for about 10 acres at 611 E. College Blvd., near North Garden Avenue.

The property is now owned by a family trust, but Schear has indicated his intent to purchase it.

The applicant is “considering building some multipurpose units on one portion of it, which is 360 foot of frontage, and then the west portion, 140 foot, is for storage units,” said Riley Armstrong, the chair of the City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission, who recused himself from voting on the matter to speak on behalf of Schear, whom Armstrong said was not available to attend the Tuesday meeting.

The commission unanimously recommended approval of the rezoning, which will be the final decision unless the matter is appealed by today.

The rezoning affects the eastern portion of the lot. It would change from Industrial 1 to Residential 3 to allow for a multifamily project. The western portion will remain Industrial 1 for the storage units, which Armstrong said likely will be fenced off from the apartments.

“The applicant does realize that, should this pass, that he does need to rework the summary plat” to separate the parcels, said Armstrong.

The rezoning also was supported by City Engineer Louis Najar and Roswell Planning and Zoning Technician Miguel Martinez.

“I think this would be great for the neighborhood,” said Martinez. “I think it would be nice to have infill there. I think it would have a positive outlook overall for the neighborhood.”

No one at the meeting spoke against the application or development plans. A letter from a neighboring property owner, Dodson Lumber Co., questioned what would happen about an existing easement on an adjacent property to the west. Najar said that the easement was developed to ensure that the 611 W. College Blvd. lot had access from Garden Avenue. He said it might be vacated in the future if that is what property owners decide.

In other actions at the meeting, the commission approved a few other cases: the rezoning of property in the 1000 block of East Brown Street so that the south side of the lot could be fenced off and used for storage; a variance request so that operators of a restaurant at 3012 N. Main St. can relocate a business sign; and the rezoning of about 7 acres of land at 1403 E. Alameda St. from manufactured or mobile home community to residential mobile home subdivision, so that the owners could possibly sell lots in the future after they place about six double-wide mobile homes or manufactured homes on the acreage.

Although some neighbors objected in the last case, a couple of commissioners voiced their opinions that a subdivision, which would entail larger lots and fewer units than with the current zoning, would be better for neighbors. Neighbors against the application were informed of their right to appeal.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.