Council denies request for new apartment complex

Posted in: News
By Todd Brooks
Sep 27, 2012 - 8:47:44 AM

The wait is finally over for South 10th Street homeowners. The Marlow City Council took the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission and denied a request by Michael and Kelly Sellers to re-zone 806 South 10th from a single-family dwelling to a multiple-family dwelling in the form of an apartment complex.
Several South 10th Street residents were in attendance at the regularly-scheduled Marlow City Council meeting to voice their disapproval of the proposed project. Councilman Daniel Ross was not in attendance.
The city council had sent the proposal back to the commission as Sellers had proposed to alleviate traffic that many residents were voicing their displeasure over by making a driveway coming off of Caddo.
“We want to keep it a single residential area only,” Ken Thomas said.
“We have a problem with the existing apartments on the street; we don’t need more,” resident Harold Seals said.
“If I would have known about those apartments there now, I wouldn’t have bought my house,” Phyllis Baker said. “Making the driveway on the back of the property coming off of Caddo will not alleviate the traffic on 10th Street.”
Sellers’ attorney, Jay Watkins, countered with some points on behalf of his client.
“Mr. Sellers is not cherry-picking a new area,” Watkins said. “There is already precedent with the apartments south of there. Not everyone can afford to rent a home.
“The residents are concerned about their property values, and we are concerned about a vacant lot,” he continued. “Mr. Sellers is willing to go through considerable expense in order to put the driveway in because the traffic on 10th Street was one of the main issues with residents.
“We don’t feel like this is an unreasonable request.”
After both sides of the issue had been heard, councilman Mickey Hoy, citing the importance of listening to the opinions of the surrounding residents, made a motion to deny the request. The motion was seconded by councilman Don Ridley and the vote was passed unanimously.
Councilman Wes Walker made a comment, along with his vote, to say the city needed to really look hard at the zoning laws so they can show some consistency because they were not at this point, in his opinion.
Mayor Bob Hill added he thought that Sellers would have built a top-notch place and his vote was nothing personal against Sellers, but he could not vote for it the way the plans were laid out.