Council vote allows first floor residences in B-1

The Henderson City Council voted unanimously during its regular short session meeting on Monday evening to allow first floor residences in the B-1 zone.

The B-1 zone encompasses downtown Henderson, including major parts of Garnett Street.

According to Henderson Community Planning Director Erris Dunston, apartments would be in the rear of B-1 buildings with no front window space. There must also be rear access, off-street parking, and separate utility hookups.

When asked by Henderson Mayor Pete O’Geary how many buildings would be affected by the change, Dunston replied one with a potential of four.

City Attorney John Zollicoffer told members that the change could theoretically affect all B-1 buildings.

After O’Geary opened and closed a public hearing on the issue at which no one spoke, the council voted unanimously for the change, with members Mary Emma Evans and Mike Rainey absent.