Two historic Greenville buildings which currently sit vacant could be transformed into residences, provided the City Council approves the zoning needed for the projects.

The Council also intends Tuesday to vote its public support for both efforts, even though some residents who live near the one of the structures have objected to the plans.

The Council is scheduled to consider all of the items during Tuesday’s regular agenda, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Last week, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend approval of proposed zoning changes for the buildings which once housed the former Washington Hotel downtown and the former Austin Elementary School/Public Safety Building at 1702 Wesley Street.

Landmark Development wants to revamp both buildings into housing and has signed option contracts, hoping to obtain federal tax credits to make the projects affordable. The company is planning to spend approximately $6 million on the Washington Hotel and $4 million on the Public Safety Building.

While there has been no public opposition to the plans for the hotel, also known as the Cadillac, some of the residents who live near the former elementary school have objected to the creation of additional apartment-style units in the neighborhood, citing fears of increased traffic and crime.

The Council will conduct its own public hearings Tuesday before taking final votes on the zoning issues.

The Council is also scheduled Tuesday to vote on resolutions of support for both projects, in order to assist the developer with seeking the tax credits from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

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