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Although the plan is in its infancy, one local homebuilder hopes to construct a major rental home development that currently straddles the Dothan city limits.

Drew Kriser of Kriser Homes addressed aspects of a sketch plan for Simplicity Park – a 238-rental home development that would include 118 individual homes for sale – with the Dothan Planning Commission Wednesday. The intent of the discussion was to allow Kriser to gain feedback about the project before advancing to preliminary and final plans that will need the commission’s approval.

The 238-home development, made of 43 quadplexes and 33 duplexes, reflect a new trend in real estate development, Kriser said. The development offers a chance for investment as people can purchase the duplexes or quadplexes then rent them.

Owners would be responsible for homeowner association dues, which will be used to maintain the roads, a clubhouse, walking trails, and several other amenities.

“Traditionally rental units are in apartment complexes. This provides rentals in a more neighborhood experience,” Kriser said. “I think it’s the way to go. You get all the amenities without any of the responsibility.”

According to drawings submitted to the city, a quadplex would be 1,472 square feet and include three bedrooms, two bathrooms a dining room, and a garage. The duplexes would be 1,620 square feet with two bedrooms, a dining room, and a garage.

Kriser said the rent costs for residents project to be from $850 to $1,150 a month.

The plat of land is approximately 50 acres near Bob Hall and Trawick roads. Portions of the development lie outside the city limit, but developers have applied for annexation into Dothan for those areas.

Through discussions, members of the planning commission asked Kriser to evaluate the space needed for additional parking, mailbox clusters, and trash collection.

In actions, the planning commission:

>> Recommended the Dothan City Commission approve amendments to the zoning ordinance and table of permitted uses to include a designation for carry-out/take-out and delivery restaurants. The move stems from the initial rejection of a proposed Pizza Hut at the intersection of Brannon Stand and Flowers Chapel roads – busy thoroughfares near several residential neighborhoods. City commissioners expressed a desire to include more flexibility in the zoning ordinances regarding the issue.

>> Approved the development plan for a 71,000 square-foot freezer warehouse located at the intersection of Technology Drive and Westgate Parkway.

>> Approved the development plan for a Five Star Credit Union located in the 3500 block of South Oates Street.

>> Approved the preliminary plat for a 126-lot single-family subdivision called Charleston Mills located on 86.64 acres near the intersection of Bethlehem and Murphy Mill roads. The development was formerly known as Magnolia Lake.

>> Recommended the Dothan City Commission rezone property located at 3348 Denton Rd. from the R-1 residential designation to the B-3 business designation. B-3 zones serve as transitional spaces between residential and commercial areas.

>> Allowed Dothan’s planning department to move forward with advertisement of amendments to the dry cleaning establishments code.

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