Crescent City officials aim to replace a former seafood processing and ice plant with condos on U.S. Hwy. 101 near the harbor.

At a meeting last week, the city Planning Commission recommended that City Council allow home construction at the site near Oceanworld.

Zoned commercial-manufacturing, the only residential use now allowed at the 2-acre parcel includes motels, hotels or RV parks.

The change would let developers build up to 60 condominiums per acre, with special use permits. Mixed-use projects could also include retail businesses.

andquot;We'd really like to get this property demolished and redeveloped,andquot; said city planner Will Caplinger, noting requests from real estate agents to ease building limits in order to allow more condo construction. andquot;We feel it's a good jumpstart.andquot;

The change marks one step that the city can take to clear the blighted property. Other options include a state receivership law that lets a municipality temporarily take control of property, clean it up and bill the owner for the work after citations have failed to prompt such work.

andquot;That's a big eyesore for us,andquot; Caplinger said of the property at the city's southern entrance. andquot;We're extremely interested in seeing it redeveloped.andquot;

The city also aims to buy a 9-acre site west of the ice plant near Shorline RV Park for open space, Caplinger said.

The City Council could consider the zoning law change next month.

- Triplicate staff