Changes in zoning have been requested for two proposed projects where the developer wants to refurbish vacant local buildings into housing.

Plans for the former Public Safety Building at 1702 Wesley Street and for the former Washington Hotel building downtown are scheduled to be the focus of the Feb. 19 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Feb. 27 meeting of the City Council.

The Landmark Group has signed option contracts on both building, with hopes of transforming the structures into residences.

A public hearing is scheduled during each meeting, to review allowing single family and multi family residences within the central zoning area by right.

“That would open the way for the hotel to be used,” said Philip Sanders, the City of Greenville Director of Community Development.

The Landmark Group has indicated it wants to convert the Washington, also known as the Cadillac Hotel, into lofts and retail. The developer uses tax credits to pay for renovating older buildings into affordable housing.

A second public hearing during each meeting would consider allowing a zoning change from public/semi-public status to single family two and multi family one for the former Austin Elementary School/Public Safety Building.

The Planning and Zoning Commission would vote whether to recommend approval of the zoning changes to the City Council, which would have the final say.

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