Dormant Sunnyside corner to get townhomes

Plans for a tavern on the corner of 44th and Zuni fell through last year. (George Demopoulos)

Plans for a tavern on the corner of 44th and Zuni fell through last year. (George Demopoulos)

A boarded up Sunnyside corner is getting the townhome treatment.

WD Properties, LLC is planning 11 new townhomes at the Sunnyside corner where another local businessman scrapped plans for a restaurant called Blue Plains Tavern last year. The project would take shape at 44th Avenue and Zuni Street, at the current site of a single-story retail building and a two-story home.

Drawings submitted to the city last Friday show a row of six units facing 44th Avenue, with five more set back from the street on the other side of a 23-foot alley.

The buildings would stand three stories tall, the maximum height allowed by zoning at the site. About half the units will feature a two-car garage, with the rest of the townhomes having room for one car. In total, the development offers 17 parking spots for 11 units.

WD Properties is managed by Glenn Witman. A message left on the company phone was not returned by press time Wednesday afternoon. Humphries Poli is the architect listed on the plans, and Altitude Land Consultants is the civil engineer.

The new site plan would bring a change in use from retail on the Sunnyside corner to residential. Previously, the building played host to restaurants Carniceria El Rancho and La Bonita.

Last year, restaurateur Neil Jorgensen took a shot at opening a game meat concept called Blue Plains Tavern at the building, before high building costs made him decide to back away from the project.

Jorgensen bought the commercial property in December 2014 for $685,000. He turned it over to WD Properties in January 2016 for $700,000.

Plans for a tavern on the corner of 44th and Zuni fell through last year. (George Demopoulos)

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