Short-term rental housing continues its roll in Edwardsville

Edwardsville’s administrative and community service (ACS) committee voted 3-0 in favor of a special-use permit for its fourth short-term rental property, in the 400 block of Hillsboro Avenue.

Kurt and Gretchen Ackerman applied for a Type B, non-owner-occupied, short-term rental at the northwest corner of Hillsboro and North Fillmore. Guests would be on-site between two and 90 days at a time.

This property is different from the three others that preceded it. Those were all detached, single-family homes while this would be the main floor of a three-unit apartment. The city has capped the number of short-term rental properties at 30.

Gretchen said the pair has owned the property, a tri-plex, for 26 years and live “just down the road.” It was a rental when they bought it in 1996.

“Recently, we had our last long-term tenant leave, who had lived there for six years, a SIUE professor,” she said. “We have always tried to be careful renting this property to people with as few vehicles as possible, so we were looking at the odds of being able to rent it again to just one person to leave a lighter touch on the neighborhood.”

The other two building units, one upstairs and the other in the basement, would remain in the city’s long-term rental housing program, as they are both one-bedroom units while the main floor has three bedrooms.

“We keep a close eye on it. We have smart locks, so we can tell when people are coming and going,” she said. “We have strict house rules – only the renters can stay there long-term, quiet hours start at 10 p.m., etc.”

The Ackermans seek to provide visitors with “a more local experience for their stay.”

“We are requesting to expand the rental type of the main floor apartment from long-term/mid-term to also include short-term,” the Ackermans’ request states. “Our primary focus is renting for several months at a time to traveling workers (nurses, pipefitters, etc.) and individuals in the process of selling their homes, with a secondary focus on short-term rentals via Airbnb to individuals visiting family in town (weddings, holidays, etc.).”

This location would fit the city’s walkable goals, being two blocks from city hall. Gretchen said it would work for people attending weddings or other events at the Ink House or to walk up and down North Main Street.

Following a public hearing before the city’s zoning board of appeals, on June 27, the board voted 3-1 in favor. The board member who was opposed was against any potential disruptions, like a party, in general, according to City Planner Emily Calderon. City staff recommended approval with the conditions that the approval is in the applicants’ names only and that the special-use permit is not transferable.

This resolution will now to the full city council on Tuesday for a vote.

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July 1, 2022 at 08:53AM

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