Sioux Center approves lot zoning request

The Sioux Center City Council approved a rezoning request that supports the move of two existing apartment complexes to lots north of the Seventh Avenue Northwest/Sixth Avenue Northwest intersection.

SIOUX CENTER—The Sioux Center City Council approved a rezoning request that supports the move of two existing apartment complexes to different properties in town.

Two private developers made a request to rezone two lots on Seventh Avenue NW from R-1 single family to R-3 multifamily. The two lots are owned by the Sioux Center Community Foundation, which is willing to sell the lots for the purpose of relocating the two apartment complexes on to the two properties if the zoning change is possible.

Assistant city manager Dennis Dokter said the proposed project involves moving two apartment complexes on First Avenue NW, one in the 600 block and the other in the 700 block, a half mile down Seventh Avenue Northwest to its intersection with Sixth Avenue Northwest.

“Both apartment structures were once parsonages to churches in town,” Dokter said.

Colonnade Apartments at 722 First Ave. NW is owned by Vision Builders of Sioux Center. Midwest Apartments at 644 First Ave. NW is owned by North 43, LLC.

“Basically the bank owns one and Vision Builders owns the other,” said council member Dale Den Herder, who is also founder and CEO of American State Bank in Sioux Center. “We talked and felt like that would be a good place to go with the apartments.”

A plat of the Seventh Avenue Northwest/Sixth Avenue Northwest intersection shows a lot on either side of a proposed extension of Sixth Avenue Northwest.

“Developing the intersection into a four-way stop is important so that the entrances to the new apartment parking lots are off Seventh Avenue,” said building official Josh Dorhout. “We feel that would be best for traffic flow in the area.”

Dokter told the council that the Planning & Zoning Commission heard and recommended the zoning change.

“We talked a lot about if this is spot zoning but because its of a residential nature, the zoning change still fits the intent of the area,” Dokter said.

The council, with abstentions from Den Herder and Randy Vreugdenhil who are involved in the property projects, approved the zoning request.

Dokter said the proposal will move on to the Board of Adjustment, who will evaluate the relocation request before final approval on the move of the apartment buildings is made.

The next Board of Adjustments meeting is Friday, Oct. 22.