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A specific use permit has been approved for a market rate apartment building located at 704 Neches St.
A specific use permit has been approved for a market rate apartment building located at 704 Neches St.
A specific use permit has been approved for a market rate apartment building located at 704 Neches St.
The Beaumont City Council approved a specific use permit for a market rate apartment complex at 704 Neches St. in downtown Beaumont.
A 12-unit, three-story apartment building could soon be in the cards for downtown Beaumont.
During its Tuesday meeting, the Beaumont City Council approved a specific use permit allowing for the construction of a multi-family development at 704 Neches St. in the central business district
“With economic development, one of the steps is to have more people down here to go to the restaurants and use what is here,” Mayor Roy West said. “Having residents downtown is an important component of our downtown development, so we’re excited at this prospect.”
The market rate apartments will be located on approximately 0.165 acres of land owned by GP Realty Building Company, Inc on the corner of Neches and Forsythe streets.
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The property is adjacent to New York Pizza and Pasta and the Cathedral Square townhouses and condominiums. 
According to an application from GP Realty Building Company, Inc. President Richard Gilbert, the building will include four 740-square-foot, one-bedroom apartments; eight 962-square-foot, two-bedroom apartments; and four 1,237-square-foot, three-bedroom apartments.
The Enterprise reached out to Gilbert, but did not receive an immediate response.
The City Council’s decision came about a month after the Planning Commission made a 7-0 recommendation that the council approve the specific use permit for the development.
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The recommendation came with two conditions regarding construction plans. Construction plans are expected to comply with all of applicable Building, Engineering and Fire Code requirements and meet all of the requirements by Water Utilities for water and sanitary sewer services, according to a memo to city council from Assistant City Manager of Community Services Chris Boone.
The memo states that off-street parking requirements are exempt from developments within the central business district.
“Residential uses in the downtown planning area may bolster economic activity by increasing pedestrian traffic,” Boone said in the memo.
The apartments will be three blocks away from the proposed Crockett Street canal — a draft plan set for possible completion by 2035 to help bring more life and economic development downtown.
Courtney Pedersen is the Environmental and Governmental Policy Reporter for The Beaumont Enterprise. Get in touch with her by email at courtney.pedersen@beaumontenterprise.com.

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