Local lawmakers cleared a zoning path for 256 new mostly market-rent apartments to be built in Westville and Long Wharf.
Alders made those votes Monday night during the last regular fortnightly meeting of the full Alders Council, held in person in the Aldermanic Room on the second floor of City Hall.
Alders voted to amend the governing regulations of the two “Planned Development Districts” (PDDs) on both sides of the city to allow more rental housing to be built. (PDDs are small, close-knit sections of a city that are given unique sets of zoning rules about what developers can build there, without having to adhere to a city zoning code that might otherwise be applied to that area.)
First, modified Alders PDD 103, where Blake Street meets Stone Street, to increase the number of housing units allowed on the 1.89-acre site from 293 to 437.
The cap of 293 apartments has already been reached by Wintergreen in the Westville apartment complex at 400 Blake St. PDD #103.
The Alders Amendment will allow the construction of a new residential development in 446a Blake Street, above what is currently a rooftop car park and three-storey office building. Proposed by developers in Brooklyn and California, the project will include 144 apartments.
Last month, Alders lobbied during a committee hearing on a Blake Street proposal to include more affordable housing. The initial proposal was made before the Alders enacted the new overall division of the city (From) Law. The proposal allocates 11 of the new apartments to renters who make 80 percent of the area’s median income (or $63,120 for a single-person household).
According to Westville/Amity Alder and Majority Leader Richard Furlow Monday night, developers have since expanded their affordability plan so that six units are available to renters making an 80 percent amiand another six will be available to tenants at 60 percent capacity ami (or $47,340 for a single-person household).
In total, Furlo told colleagues Monday, the building will contain 30 studio apartments, 17 one-bedrooms, and 17 two-bedrooms.
““I think it fits in this area,” said Furlo, noting that the building would be ideal for empty nesting or “singles like me.”
“I can’t wait for this project to be finished. I might want to rent something there.
Second PDD The amendment was approved on Monday night affected PDD No. 65, which covers the Village Suites hotel at 3 Long Wharf Dr. and 175 Hallock Ave.
Village Suites owner Juan Salas-Romer plans to convert the 112-room extended-stay hotel, which spans 14 buildings, into 112 new apartments. In order to do so, Alders needed a modification PDD – which previously only allowed a hotel at that location – to allow a multi-family residence.
The Alders board of directors did just that. They voted unanimously in favor of both PDDmodifications, allowing both projects to progress. This project complies with the city’s comprehensive zoning ordinance by allocating 5 percent of proposed new apartments to tenants less than 80 percent ami.
Both developments “Providing much-needed additional housing” for the city, Furlow said Monday before the full council voted on the subsidy.
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