COLUMBIA — A plan revision at Crosscreek for a luxury student apartment complex was unanimously approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday night.
The 228-unit complex, proposed by Houston-based developer Asset Plus, will be built on a lot previously proposed as a car dealership. The plan for the car lot means the area is already zoned for a construction project. Developers asked for a change in the development plan so the apartment complex could move forward.
The development team that presented Thursday night consisted of Robert Hollis, the attorney working with Asset Plus; John States, of Little Dixie Construction; Tim Crockett, of Crockett Engineering; and Mark Lindley, senior vice president of construction and development for Asset Plus.
This new development will have less impervious surfaces, less stormwater runoff and more green space than the dealership, Crockett said.
There have been concerns raised by neighborhood residents about traffic, Crockett said. A traffic assessment found that there would be less traffic created by the apartment complex than by the car dealership, he said.
When traffic concerns were raised at the March 7 meeting, Lindley said Asset Plus would be open to creating a bus system for the complex or finding a way to connect to the Columbia transit system.
A public hearing on the project was scheduled for Thursday, but there was no comment. Previously, the development team met with the Timberhill Road and the Shepard Boulevard neighborhood associations to gain their approval for the project.
Commissioner Bill Tillotson attended the meeting with the neighborhood associations. He said he was "impressed" with Lindley's presentation to the neighborhoods and the cooperation of the neighbors and Asset Plus.
"I'm assuming that's why we don't see anyone (at the public hearing)," Tillotson said.
In 2008, Stadium 63 Properties, which proposed the car dealership, and the Shepard Boulevard and Timberhill Road neighborhood association entered into mediation over the lot. Residents did not support the dealership plan. This time around, developers are making sure to involve the nearby neighborhoods. The lot sits empty, for now.
"I'm delighted to see something be built there," Ann Peters, a member of the commission, said.
The next step in the process for Asset Plus and their development team is approval of the plan by the City Council.