Plan submitted for house and cottage on odd-shaped Midland lot

       The new owner of an odd-shaped, undeveloped lot in the Midland area has proposed to build two dwellings on it and, in the process, eliminate problems of transient camping, garbage and an unofficial shortcut between 24th and 25th streets.

The rear of the two-story, original Midland School (now the home of Terra Nova Engineering) rises in the background, facing onto 25th Street, in this photo looking west from 24th Street onto the Independent Education Corp. lot between Hagerman and Howbert streets.
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       Consisting of 7,300 square feet and shaped something like a gun, the property faces onto 24th Street between Hagerman and Howbert streets in the Midland area with the gun “barrel” extending almost to 25th Street, according to the plan submitted to City Development Services.
       The owner is the Independent Education Corp. (John Wellnitz, president), which bought the land last fall. The lot is in a block that has otherwise been developed for many years, including the original, 107-year-old Midland School which faces onto 25th Street.
       Wellnitz proposes a three-bedroom home toward the front of the lot, on the south side, and a small cottage in the rear part of the lot, on the north side.
       To make the two units work in the space, city variances are needed from the residential zone's requirements for a 25-foot setback, a 20-foot driveway, a 50-foot distance from a dwelling unit to the rear of the property and alignment of the rear unit “with the four corners of the primary structure.”
       “The homes would bring families rather than transients and therefore would bring safety to the area,” reads the Independent Education Corp.'s Project Statement to the city. “Further, the change from abandonment to utilized land would improve the property values for the surrounding residences.”
       Other two- and three-bedroom homes and cottages are in the neighborhood so the proposed project should fit in, the Statement adds.
       Development Services will take public comments on the proposal through April 23, according to city planner Erin McCauley, who could administratively approve the variance requests. Her number is 385-5369.

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