4-story, 46-unit apartment building proposed at southwest corner of Spruce and Kiowa
A concept plan for the project, called “22 Spruce Apartments,” was recently submitted to the City Land Use Review
Following a review and recommendation by a city planner, the proposal will go to the Planning Commission (a body of city appointed land-use specialists); then, because there's a zone change request, to the elected City Council.
One of the parcels is between Kiowa and the alley to the south. The second, smaller parcel is just south of the alley (see graphic on this page).
The larger of the two buildings north of the alley was most recently home to a Dollar Store. Both buildings are to be torn down.
The new apartments would range in size from 450 to 950 square feet.
Building amenities would include below- and above-grade off-street parking, a small gym, a café/lobby and a “community room and outdoor deck” on the top floor, according to Land Pattern's Project Justification Document (which accompanied Challenger's application to the city).
Under the Land Pattern/Challenger request, the zoning would change to a more flexible planned unit development (PUD), in which all that's permitted within the current C-6 (general business) zone would be retained. The PUD would additionally allow a 60-foot building height, a zero lot line and reductions in city requirements for landscaping (from 15 percent minimum to 10 percent) and for parking (the 64 off-street spaces represent a 15 percent reduction from requirements).
As asserted elsewhere in the Project Justification Document, the project would “enhance and support the city's Comprehensive Plan through an integrated multiple neighbor use [and] decreased housing cost and provide urban services in a more cost-effective manner through a high-density development… in an established neighborhood.”
The zero lot line - meaning the building would be at the edge of the sidewalk - “will provide a significant street presence and define the streetscape,” the document continues.
The Project Justification Document also notes that along that part of Spruce Street, there is more commercial activity on the east side of the street (including a hotel, commercial center and office building), while the west side of the street is more residential. “The proposed redevelopment infill [22 Spruce Apartments] ties the two sides together in a more cohesive pattern, allowing a smoother transition from one side of Spruce Street to the other.”
The document adds that a “6-foot-high screen wall will provide a buffer [for the neighboring properties] along the west and south property lines.”
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