Oakes said they are trying to market the development to people who are interested in staying in Riverside but want to downsize.
“It’s the atmosphere we are trying to create for the audience we are trying to market this project to,” Oakes said.
Pultz said he and his wife, Lisa, are from that part of town and wanted to beautify the area.
“So this is where we grew up at, and it made sense to invest the money in not only a place that needed it but also a place that we love and we care a lot about,” he said.
Pultz said they ran through several different scenarios for the project, but this was the only one that would be profitable and was good for the city.
Gary Burkholder, Riverside community development director, said during the Board of Zoning meeting the city recommended denying the lot-size variance.
“I believe it is the city’s, I guess, philosophy that as we begin to redevelop these neighborhoods, that we not create additional noncompliant lots,” he said.
He also said during the Board of Zoning meeting that he would like to see distance measurements from each house to a nearby fire hydrant and more details about storm water management. The Board of Zoning tabled the discussion on plot sizes to the next zoning meeting on Feb. 23.
A hearing is scheduled for the project for rezoning on Feb. 4 during a Riverside city council meeting.