Cape 19-duplex project gets P&Z approval

Thursday, July 10, 2003

A Little Rock, Ark., developer plans to build 19 duplexes bordering Missouri and Jefferson avenues for a project aimed at providing affordable, family housing.

PDC Companies vice president Richard Pierce presented the project to the Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday. The commission approved a special use permit, but the city council will have the final say at its Aug. 4 meeting.

Pierce called the development "affordable housing" and said 12 two-bedroom duplex units would rent for $400 monthly and seven three-bedroom units will rent for $450 monthly. Residents will be selected in part by income levels.

The total project, called Napa Ridge, is expected to cost about $4.1 million. PDC will receive some tax credits from the Missouri Housing Department Commission, Pierce said.

The property is zoned for two-family residential structures, but because plans are to build an entire duplex community, the special permit is required, said Kent Bratton, Cape Girardeau city planner.

Fort Hope Apartments, a similar project developed by PDC at 801 Good Hope St., is an example of how such housing can help revitalize downtown neighborhoods, Pierce said.

"We are looking at this as a second phase to the Fort Hope project," said Pierce. "We think good changes are being made to the area."

Single car garages, a community building and a playground and picnic area will be among the amenities offered to help revitalize the area, according to the planning and zoning application.

But some residents of the area are skeptical that the complex will be beneficial.

"I just hope the renters take care of it," said Daisy Koch, a Jefferson Street resident for 46 years contacted at her home. "Otherwise it will be torn up in five years."


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