The Planning Commission on Monday recommended approval for a request that a large, brick St. Elmo home go back to apartment usage.
Patrick Johnson said after he bought the house at 5301 St. Elmo Ave. he found out that it had reverted to R-1.
He said it was built as a private home in 1905 and was converted to apartments in 1935.
Mr. Johnson said the house is divided into five units, including one under the porch and in the basement. He said it would be difficult and costly to change it back for a single family.
He said he will be able to offer on-site parking on the large lot.
A neighbor, Kevin Osteen, said the house has been vacant for almost 10 years.