Shotgun style home

Craig Stafford produced this photo, one of four, to the Denham Springs Council Monday night as an example of what the front exterior of his homes will look like.

DENHAM SPRINGS – With variance in hand, courtesy of Tuesday night’s city council vote, Denham Springs resident Craig Stafford intends to turn what was family land into five lots that will contain high-value homes.

Stafford’s variance request met but one dissenting vote at the Planning and Zoning meeting Monday night, and passed unanimously before the full council. The lots will be located at the corner of Third Street and South College Drive.

Only three of the five lots required the variance, with one lot retaining a 70’ front and another having an 80’. The lots range from 227’ deep to 134’.

Denham Springs' building code requires a 70' lot road frontage.

Stafford informed the council that he intends to put New Orleans shotgun-style homes on the lot, which have a long and narrow design, that will range from 1400-1700 square feet. He intends to build the homes with amenities that will place them within the $135-$145 per square foot range.

Currently, two-in-seven homes are listed at that price in Livingston Parish.

A neighbor voiced concern over drainage during the planning and zoning meeting, prompting the lone dissenting vote. A conversation after the meeting, Stafford said, convinced the woman not to attend the council meeting with dissent.

Stafford said her drainage concern was fill dirt, but the homes he would be build would be ‘pier-and-beam,’ and would not require much if any fill.

When asked by councilman Jeff Wesley how much time he expected before construction could begin, Stafford explained that just one lot still had blighted property to be moved away or demolished and then construction would begin. 

"Not long," Stafford said, "I was just waiting to see how (the council meeting) went.

"It was the last piece of the puzzle.

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