The Archbold Board of Zoning Appeals granted zoning variances to allow Steve Wyse, Archbold, to construct a zero-lot-line residence on South Defiance Street.
The board met Thursday, May 2, with six members of the public in attendance.
Wyse and Rick Graber, architect on the project, said plans call for each living unit of the two-unit building to be about 1,750 square feet.
Each unit would have three bedrooms and two baths, to be built on the vacant lot at the corner of South Defiance Street and East Beech Street.
Because of the size and layout of the structure, Carma Grime, zoning inspector, said the building needed a variance of five feet from the front, or west side, facing South Defiance Street. In other words, the front overhang of the building will be five feet closer to South Defiance Street than allowed in the village zoning code.
Also, the right, or south, side of the building, facing East Beech Street, requires a six-foot variance. The roof overhang is six feet closer to the street than allowed.
Grime told board members the lot is in an area zoned R-3, or medium-density residential. A zero-lot-line duplex is an allowed use in an R-3 area, she said.
The building will have two, two-car garages. One driveway will be off East Beech Street; the other will be from the alley on the east side of South Defiance Street.
One area resident asked about maintenance of the alley, noting that several homes already access their parking through the alley. Grime said their concerns would be expressed to Archbold Village Council.
Wyse said the goal for the project is an owner-occupied situation, but if they do not sell, then they could be rented. He added he could live there if he chooses.
He said the units would sell for more than $200,000 each. If he were to rent them, the cost would be $1,100 to $1,200 per month.
“It’s not a low-end product,” he said.
Plans call for construction to start in the fall so the contractor would have the building closed in time to finish over the winter months.
Wyse said people need to reinvest in small towns, particularly downtown areas. If those areas are lost, then the whole town goes, he said.
Tim Smith, zoning board president, said the project proposed by Wyse “sets a good example for others,” adding there is a shortage of available housing in the community.
On the vote, Brad Short, zoning board and council member, Brad Roth, Smith, and Tim Ziegler voted to grant the variance. The remaining board member, Marty Mayer, was absent.