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Lavaca man wants to build duplexes here

<p>Looking things over: Developer James Webb of Lavaca looks over plans for between 12 and 15 duplex units while visiting the 5.4 acre sight on North Dandridges Street in Paris where they will be built. Webb said the project will cost an estimated $3 million.</p>

Looking things over: Developer James Webb of Lavaca looks over plans for between 12 and 15 duplex units while visiting the 5.4 acre sight on North Dandridges Street in Paris where they will be built. Webb said the project will cost an estimated $3 million.

A Lavaca developer is planning to construct a housing complex in Paris composed of at least 12 to 15 duplexes. The project will cost an estimated $3 million.

James Webb, owner of Clearwater Properties, wants to build the duplexes on a 5.4 acre empty lot on North Dandridge Street, behind the Bank of the Ozarks branch in Paris. First, he has to get a conditional use permit from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, which is expected to take up the request when it meets Thursday, June 13 at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall. The property is presently zoned Commercial-1.

The duplexes will be built two at a time and Webb estimates it will take 18 months to complete the work. Webb added that he may build as many as 18 duplexes on the site. The duplexes will be two-bedroom units of 851 square feet each, Webb said. Webb also said he might build some one-bedroom units.

Webb said he wants to build units in Paris because there is a need.

“My son, who is my partner, has relatives who live in Paris and they mentioned that rental units are needed,” Webb said last week. “That’s what we try to do, provide housing units.”

Webb has previously built duplex complexes in Pocola, Okla. and Fort Smith.

However, Webb said some residents of the area are opposed to his plans.

“Apparently some people are having problems with their sewers when it rains,” he said. “We don’t having anything to do with that. I don’t understand why they are opposed to it. They also wanted us to do a traffic study and an environmental study and those things aren’t required.”

Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers said there are residents of the area that are “greatly concerned” about the project’s impact on the neighborhood.

“They’re concerned about sewer problems they are already having and whether the sewer lines can handle the additional load if the project is built,” Rogers said. “They are also worried about the amount of traffic this would add to the street. The street already has a lot of traffic.”

Rogers added that a couple of residents from the area voiced these concerns at the May meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

If the project is approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission, Webb said he could begin construction on the first two units almost immediately.

“Hopefully, we could begin the day after the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting,” Webb said. “We could begin at least five days after the meeting. I’ve got people on standby ready to start work.”

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