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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • City council OKs storage units on Elm Street

  • Leroy and Nora Daniels got the go-ahead Monday night from the Rolla City Council for their plans to build storage units on lots in the 200 block of North Elm Street.
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  • Leroy and Nora Daniels got the go-ahead Monday night from the Rolla City Council for their plans to build storage units on lots in the 200 block of North Elm Street.
    By a vote of 10-0, the council approved the rezoning ordinance that changed 201-205 North Elm Street from C-1 (neighborhood business district) to C-2 (general retail district) zoning.
    The couple, who live at 13095 County Road 3320, own the property, designated as Lots 10-12 in the James Addition. Lots 10 and 11 are vacant and lot 12 has a single-family home on it. That is at the corner of Second and Elm streets.
    In their application, and confirmed by Leroy Daniels at Monday night’s meeting, the couple plans to remodel the single-family home. It will remain a residence.
    Community Development Director John Petersen explained the house could remain in use as a residence even though the property will be zoned commercial.
    “Legal non-conforming use” is how he described it. The building can be renovated and repaired, but not expanded, according to the provision of non-conforming use by the zoning ordinance.
    The three lots, 201, 203 and 205 N. Elm St., take up about 0.49 acre, or 19,151 square feet.
    In a memo to the council, the owners noted their immediate plans are to remodel the home at 201 N. Elm St., beginning soon. Later plans are to add storage units at 205 N. Elm St. They also noted they own adjoining property at 103 and 105 W. Third St., already zoned C-2.
    “The building footprint cannot exceed 7,660 square feet (40 percent) of the total acreage,” Petersen told the council.
    “The neighborhood is in transition,” Petersen said, and the use of the property for a commercial enterprise such as storage buildings fits with what is going on already.
    The property to the north is zoned C-1 and C-2 and has commercial buildings and a storage space for a business. To the south, east and west, zoning is C-1, and there is a church, an office building, open space, single-family rental units and parking in those directions.
    Petersen said he has received no letters or comments for or against the rezoning, and there were no comments during the public hearing except for those solicited by the council from Leroy Daniels.
    The Planning and Zoning Commission at its July 9 meeting recommended approval of the rezoning.

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