Plans approved for new apartments, business

Commerce – A new apartment complex is to be constructed while a vacant downtown building will soon be occupied in Commerce.

The City Council approved applications last night for separate conditional use permits.

Dewayne Cogburn plans to convert a structure at 2200 Monroe Street into a multi-family dwelling, plus develop the vacant lot to the south, adding more than two dozen units. The proposed site between 2200 Monroe and Cooper Street will be similar to Cogburn's 10 unit complex, recently erected just south of the Sam Rayburn Student Center along W. Neal Street.

Meanwhile, Ray Embro and Durwood Smith are planning to operate an indoor miniature golf course, equipped with an arcade and birthday room, at 1209 Washington. It's the site of the old S&S Martial Arts Building at the northwest corner of the downtown square. The nine-hole mini golf course will cover a range of theme holes including a mountain, pirate ship, piney woods and the tropics.

Durwood Smith told council members Tuesday he hopes they can have the site open to the public by Christmas.