LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A prime piece of Lafayette real estate near downtown got a recommendation Wednesday night that should make it easier for future development.
The Area Plan Commission (APC) recommended a rezoning of the old Soller-Baker funeral home at 4th and Alabama streets to a Central Business zoning.
More than a decade ago, a developer hoped to turn the building into a condo project called Queen Anne Courts but abandoned the project. The city took over ownership of the parcel and tore the building down this summer.
APC Assistant Director Ryan O'Gara said a Central Business zoning encourages urban development and allows for mixed usage.
"Any developer or architect who is interested in taking the site and doing something with it, really has a nice big canvas to work with. Hopefully they will really let their imagination run wild and look at what's around it and try to find something that fits in," said O'Gara.
The Lafayette City Council should vote on the request next month.
The APC also recommended approval of a rezoning request Wednesday to allow a proposed liquor store on State Road 43, just north of I-65, next to the State Police Post.
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