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Joplin residents worried about rezoning issue

Updated: July 1, 2013 06:49 PM

Another new apartment complex could be in the works to help fill Joplin's housing needs but some potential neighbors are concerned.

The residents hope the new complex won't spoil the peace and quiet of their neighborhood.

Joe Singer's backyard along North Grace Drive is calm and peaceful for now.

"It's like a park for me," says Singer.

But he has concerns about the proposed apartment complex being built that may disturb the peaceful scene.

"It's really centrally located - it's a dead end street and its backed up on this big piece of property," says Singer.

The proposal presented to the Joplin zoning commission is to build multiple apartment buildings on part of the old Joplin Stockyards land on Newman Road.  The currently vacant land is zoned for industrial use, but the owners have now applied for multifamily residential rezoning.

Residents living along Grace Drive say they aren't opposed to the idea of an apartment complex here, just simply what's being taken away from them is not going to come at a higher cost.

Joplin city code requires a buffer of 20 feet from commercial to residential areas to be in place.

But residents like Singer say 20 feet is not enough to preserve the nature in his backyard.

"I'd really want them to see them give us some sort of guarantee in writing, so we have something to fall back on, so that people that live at the end of this street have some equity into this part of the country," says Singer.

The zoning panel voted 6 to 0 to advance the zoning request to the city council with a recommendation to approve it at their July 1 meeting.

We were unable to reach a city spokesperson.

The stockyards owner declined to comment on the issue.

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