By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The solitary house on a block dominated by the Gloster Street Church of Christ should be able to accommodate businesses, the Tupelo Planning Committee ruled Monday.
Committee members unanimously voted to rezone the property at 826 W. Jefferson St. from residential to residential-office, paving the way for a doctor’s office, law firm or other small business.
The committee previously had rejected the property owner’s request to rezone the lot commercial, citing concerns about its impact on the residential neighborhood the house abuts. The owner, Pamela Morris, had appealed that decision to the City Council, but the council simply sent it back to the committee for further review.
“We’re very much excited about the change from general commercial to … residential-office mix, because we feel it’s more appropriate for the neighborhood it’s in,” said neighbor Karen Kenney, who also chairs the Gravelee Neighborhood Association where the home is located.
The tidy brick home on the corner of Jefferson and Park streets stands as the final barrier between a growing commercial district and a once robust residential neighborhood.
It’s currently slated residential, but no one wants it as a single-family dwelling, Morris said, because it’s the only home on the entire square block – and the only piece of property not owned by the Gloster Street Church of Christ.
The church recently knocked down several other houses on Park and Jefferson streets, including the former Mockingbird Inn Bed and Breakfast. Now the Morris home sits alone with vacant lots on either side of it and a large church complex nearby.
The council still must approve the committee’s decision before it becomes final.