Potential triplex set for Whittier

The Whittier Alliance Board denied variances to reduce a lot size for a proposed triplex development at 2624 1st Ave. S. at an April 27 meeting.

Developer Greg Langford has proposed building a triplex on a vacant 29-square-foot lot – smaller than the 40-square-foot lot required by city code.

Under Langford’s proposal, the triplex would be 29 feet tall, congruent with neighboring buildings. The exterior plan features a brick and stone front façade. Langford hopes to add a rooftop garden. Currently, the property is zoned for multi-family housing.

Some Whittier community members are worried that the proposed triplex would overwhelm the lot. Twenty-one neighbors have signed a petition against it.

Langford, meanwhile, said the project would be good for the neighborhood and create a new housing opportunity for residents.

“I really want to appease the neighborhood,” he said. “It’s a lot that now has a lot of future, a viable housing future.”

The city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment will review the proposal on May 4. Pending city approvals, Langford hopes to start building next spring.