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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — The Colfax Zoning Board of Appeals is recommending a zoning change from B-2 business to R-1 single family housing for a portion of the Area Nursing Home lot on University Avenue.
Although Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer, had sent out letters to the required landowners in the area of the property at 1005 University Avenue, Niggemann reported at the September 2 meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals that she had not received any comments by telephone or by e-mail.
No members of the public attended the meeting, which also included a public hearing.
Mike Kiekhafer, chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals, asked for a motion to open the public hearing, and since no members of the public were on hand to comment on the request for a rezone, then asked for a motion to close the public hearing.
A Certified Survey Map (CSM) approved by the Colfax Village Board in July divides the former nursing home property into three lots: Lot 1 where the vacant nursing home is located on 3.56 acres; Lot 2, directly west of the old nursing home, covering 1.94 acres; and Lot 3, on the southwest corner of Lot 2, which has a house on the lot and covers .66 acres.
The property that the Zoning Board of Appeals is recommending the Colfax Village Board rezone is Lot 3, which has a house and covers .66 acres.
The entire former nursing home property was divided into three lots and offered for sale through an on-line auction in June.
The auction had to be completed and buyers in place to know whether there was one buyer, two buyers or three buyers before any of the property could be rezoned, Niggemann said.
As it turned out, the three parcels were sold to three different buyers, she said.
Area Nursing Home, doing business as the Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center, purchased the two lots west of the nursing home in the spring of 2009 with the idea of building an assisted living facility. There were also plans to build a new clinic east of the nursing home and to expand the nursing home into the clinic space on the west side of the nursing home.
Colfax Health and Rehab eventually abandoned those plans and built a new nursing home on the south side of Colfax in 2012.
The entire lot with the three parcels covers a little more than six acres, and all of the property is zoned as commercial, Niggemann told the Zoning Board of Appeals.
After the auction ended, the Hansen website indicated the former nursing home had received 127 bids with a high bid of $64,000, while the empty lot directly west had received 97 bids with a high bid of $14,250 and the lot with the three-bedroom house, described as having hardwood floors throughout and a two-car attached garage, received 91 bids with a high bid of $47,500.
The owner of the lot with the house, Tyler Schultz, is planning to remodel the house but still plans to keep it as a rental property, Niggemann said.
The Zoning Board of Appeals includes Mike Kiekhafer, chair, and Rich Bautch, Mark Mosey, Jason Johnson and Gene Gibson.
Gibson commented that the request for a rezone for Lot 3 was probably the most straight-forward request for a rezone to come before the Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to recommend the rezone to the Colfax Village Board.
Board members also noted the meeting and public hearing also probably constituted some kind of record since the meeting concluded in under 10 minutes.