Read to the bottom of today's Business Record AM Daily and you will find a link to a story I wrote about Hubbell Realty Co.'s plans to turn more than 80 acres of weeds, scrub trees and abandoned railroad and industrial sites into a mixed-use residential development called Gray's Station.

It's an ambitious plan that calls for apartment buildings, single-family residences, smaller-scale missing middle housing that bridges that gap between single-family and apartments, lots of green space and a conservation wetland that would replace aging stormwater basins.

It has a lot of wow factors, some elements that recall neighborhoods of the past (read this Business Record Insider article), and the promise to link Gray's Station to Gray's Lake and Water Works Park. Pedestrian and bike paths would interlace the development. The plans are attention-grabbing. 

Problem is that Hubbell wants to classify Gray's Station as a planned unit development and it wants some changes to existing zoning that establishes minimum building heights, and it would like a reclassification to a more flexible neighborhood zoning designation.

Hubbell will take its request to the city's Plan and Zoning Commission this evening. The meeting is one of several that will lead to a final decision on whether Hubbell will close on its purchase of the property, which is owned by Norfolk Southern railroad.

At this first step, it will be met by a round of "nos" from city planners, according to a staff report to the commission. The City Council will have final say on all issues. The council earlier this year gave preliminary approval to an incentive package for the project.