2013-07-01 / Front Page

City considers rezoning inquiry for Berkeley facelift plan

Ledger Staff Writer

Gaffney City Council today will consider final reading of a request to rezone and subdivide a dilapidated apartment complex.

The owner wants to rezone the 99-unit Berkeley apartment complex from residential multi-family to a planned development district.

That would allow the owner to renovate the units into duplexes and quadraplexes.

The remolded units will have new appliances, new kitchen and bathroom cabinets, new flooring and new windows, according to information provided to the city’s building department.

The exterior of the units will look like stucco.

In May, the owner received the approval from the city’s planning commission. However, first reading was delayed because of concerns about how the rezoning would impact a court order. Under the court order, Windmill Investments had 18 months to bring Berkeley Apartments into compliance with city codes.

Gaffney Administrator James Taylor said the legal question involved if the rezoning request would restart the 18-month compliance period.

City council must approve two readings of the requests before they become official.

Today’s council meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the city hall council chambers.

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