TROY — The Law and Ordinance Committee agreed to move forward with a positive recommendation of the proposed rezoning of an abandoned railroad property south of East Race Drive from residential to light industrial on Tuesday.
Chairman John Schweser and members Bobby Phillips and Lynne Snee were in attendance. Schweser abstained from voting due to being a board member of Habitat for Humanity.
Snee and Phillips agreed to move forward with a positive recommendation for the property to be rezoned.
The property owner is Habitat for Humanity. According to the application, Habitat for Humanity has deemed the property not suitable for residential development. The organization plans to sell the land to Spectracam, located on Race Drive, if they should choose to expand their facility in the future. The property is 2.6942 acres of abandoned railroad property, located south of East Race Drive, abutting the lots with addresses of 910 E. Race Drive to 1112 E. Race Drive. The Planning Commission unanimously recommended the rezoning issue on June 22.
Phillips said the proposed use for the property makes more sense as a parking lot or expansion of a company rather than to sit vacant or for the organization to sell small sections of the property.
At the Aug. 1 council meeting, several neighbors were against the rezoning issue due to the increase traffic volume on the streets and wanted to keep the wooded treeline.
Counsel for the Spectracam property Steve Justice, said the property if rezoned, would likely expand parking or future storage or addition to the building.
“The purchase agreement to allow Spectracam to buy the property hinges on the rezoning,” Justice said.
Habitat for Humanity executive director Bill Horstman said there are no current negotiations with local residents to purchase the property.
Horstman said in 2008 a general discussion was made with the board about selling the property, but nothing came of it. Horstman said the board wanted to sell all the property in its entirety.
Director of public service and safety Patrick Titterington said the property was rezoned in 2011 to residential from manufacturing zoning for Habitat for Humanity to build properties. Titterington also said a buffer of 25 feet from the property line and a screening will be required if Spectracam should develop the parcels.
Titterington said the company is small and they have yet to submit formal plans in regards to the future use of the property. According to the Troy Chamber of Commerce, Spectracam moved operations from Dayton to Race Street. The company is a pattern maker for auto interiors.
Phillips asked if there has been a traffic study done in the area, which Titterington said there has not been.
The rezoning issue will be on the council agenda on Monday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
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