DUNREITH — Tony Dickey wants to bring his brand of renovation and rehabilitation to Henry County.

Dickey, of Square One Company LLC, wants to turn the former Pine Manor Motel on U.S.40 in Dunreith into a 12-unit apartment complex.

The Henry County Planning Commission approved a recommendation Tuesday night to rezone the vacant building to R3 Residential.

Since opening as the Pine Manor Motel, the property has been used as housing in some form or another.

“The rezone just brings the property into compliance with its usage and current zoning ordinances,” Zoning Administrator Darrin Jacobs said.

Recent photos of the property show overgrown vegetation and damaged gutters.

Dickey’s goal, as presented to the planning commission, is to remodel the interior and exterior of the building. He plans to create 12 two-bedroom apartments with on-site storage units.

Jacobs said the property allows for possible expansion, but Dickey would need to get a variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals before adding anything beyond the original 12 apartments.

According to the rezone application, Square One Company recently completed a similar project in Pendleton.

A letter from Pendleton Town Manager Tim McClintick described how Dickey rehabilitated a “distressed property” in that town into 12 apartments.

“Town leadership like Square One’s plan and I can report that Square One delivered on its plan,” McClintick said. “We have appreciated Tony Dickey’s vision, communication and craftsmanship.”

There were no objections from the public Tuesday to Dickey’s request. The planning commission voted 6-0 to send a rezone recommendation to the Henry County Commissioners for final approval.

In other business, the planning commission agreed to stick with their current meeting schedule for 2020. They will continue to meet at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, as long as there aren’t other scheduling conflicts.

Jacobs also gave the planning commission members more general information Tuesday on solar regulations and development. The planning commission is currently researching a possible county-wide solar ordinance.