Clarksville City Council rejects application to rezone MLK Parkway apartments
The Clarksville City Council on Thursday voted against a rezoning application that the landlord said would have allowed the construction of about 210 new “upscale” apartments off Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.
Outweighing the ongoing community chorus regarding the need for more housing in the fast-growing Clarksville-Montgomery County, there were concerns about traffic flows near the proposed rezoning.
There were fears of an increase in traffic that could overwhelm a dead end street, Jones Road. It was estimated that the proposed three-storey apartment buildings would have added over 400 vehicles to the daily traffic mix in this vicinity.
In the end, the majority of council said “no” to Richard Tucker’s request for a zoning change from the C-5 Freeway and Arterial Commercial District to the R-4 Multifamily Residential District.
The site approaching 20 acres would have been on the south face of MLK Parkway, near the intersection of Memorial Drive, and also along the west face of Jones Road.
Tucker had said he had a buyer for the property who wanted to develop “nicer apartments” and was looking to provide a “transition zone between commercial and single-family and provide multi-family development”.
Despite the council’s lack of a vote, staff from the Regional Planning Commission and the RPC’s voting body had recommended approval.
Nearby neighbors were concerned about the rezoning, including County Commissioner David Harper, who successfully appealed to the council, noting that Jones Road is a “two-lane dead end road”.
It had been suggested that motorists needing to turn left to exit the property could make U-turns at the intersection onto the boardwalk, to which Mayor Joe Pitts responded, “U-turns are illegal in the city. of Clarksville.
“I just don’t see it hurting the neighbors,” Tucker told the council ahead of the vote.
“Change is never easy, but it is change for good,” he said, adding that as part of the project, plans with the city streets department were underway to improve Jones Road, allowing it to handle more traffic.
With the “no” vote, under the CPP rule, Tucker would now have to wait a full year before seeking another rezoning of the property. But his argument that Clarksville desperately needs the variety in its housing inventory may have some merit.
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According to the Clarksville Regional Multiple Listing Service, there were 767 residential real estate closings in March, far surpassing the same month a year ago when the total was 572.
In the first three months of 2022, the total number of residential real estate closures in the Clarksville MLS zone is 1,778.
For the same three months of 2021, that number was considerably lower, at 1,465.
The average residential square footage sold so far this year in the Clarksville area is 1,940, which is slightly higher than a year ago.
And prices are now soaring in the region.
The current average closing home price in and around Montgomery County is $312,893, up from $249,050 this time last year.
Homes always sell quickly in Clarksville. The average number of days it takes to sell a home now, from listing to closing, is 23. That’s a slight increase from just 17 days at this time a year ago.
There are currently 275 active residential real estate listings in the Clarksville market.
There are growing concerns around all of this, and in part, it’s driving more apartments and the development of “affordable housing” across the county, officials said.
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