Council OKs ‘active adult’ development

Published 11:14pm Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an apartment complex for older citizens during its regular meeting.

The 51-unit, three-story building, called William Reid Active Adult Development, would be located on William Reid Drive on a 4.7-acre parcel near Elephant’s Fork Elementary School. Developer Steve Daniels initially thought about putting a handful of single-family residences there but changed his plans after considering what would be best for the community, said Melissa Venable, who has worked on the project with Daniels.

The building would be in a U-shape and feature a central courtyard, two parking garages as well as surface-level parking, a garden and a dog park.

Attorney Whitney Saunders, who represented the developer during the public hearing, said it is an ideal location for an “active adult” development, with the variety of nearby uses including medical offices, restaurants and retail.

A couple nearby residents spoke Wednesday in favor of the development. Caroline Nichols, who lives in Sadler Heights, said she is glad to see the property would be inhabited by older adults, similar to the makeup of her neighborhood, which backs up to the property.

Nearby residents raised concerns about drainage on the parcel and others nearby during last month’s Planning Commission meeting, but none appeared at Wednesday’s City Council meeting to speak. Saunders said the developer has been working with the city and school division since last month’s meeting to solve the problem and has identified some solutions.

Traffic was another concern of residents during the Planning Commission meeting. Folks who live on William Reid Drive said traffic backs up past their homes at the beginning and end of the school day.

The city will look into putting lane markings near the intersection of William Reid Drive and Godwin Boulevard to better indicate there is a right-turn lane there, officials said. Doing so should help traffic flow as it turns onto Godwin Boulevard, they said.

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