Council committee approves apartment complex request

The Pine Bluff City Council’s Development and Planning Committee agreed Tuesday to recommend the full council’s endorsement of a Texas firm’s requested time extension for repairs to and financing on a 23-unit apartment complex at 2301 West 34th Ave. that is currently on a condemnation list as a nuisance property.

Aldermen Charles Boyd and Lloyd Holcomb Jr. approved the 90-day extension request from Rodney Forte of PRIMO Apartment Holdings in Southlake, Texas. Alderman Steven Mays, the remaining committee member, was absent.

Forte said PRIMO is an apartment development company whose owners were born and raised in Pine Bluff and have nearly 20 years of experience in the field. Forte pledged that while the company will be continuing a pursuit of more favorable financing, it will also be working on a secondary source within the new time frame.

In other business, the committee supported:

• Continued monitoring of a 2903 West 11th Ave. residence that is currently the subject of a lawsuit, according to local attorney Noel Bryant, who was representing owner Fredrick Jackson;

• A 60-day extension on a Michael Bean-owned business site at the intersection of Dollarway Road and Jefferson Parkway, with Bean’s pledge to make improvements on the property; and

• A 30-day extension on a 2319 Linden St. residence owned by Ben Coleman Sr., who asked for an additional six months while the site’s eligibility for federal Housing and Urban Development rental rehabilitation funding might be determined.

Hearing requests and making recommendations to the committee was chief housing inspector Mitzi Ruth of the city’s inspection and zoning department.