Neighbors ask for fence, sidewalk at proposed Lambeth Apartments

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | 10:08 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Members of the White Gate Neighborhood Association made clear Tuesday their conditions for supporting the development of 47 apartments between Clark Lane and Lambeth Drive.

The Columbia City Council approved a resolution for the development Monday. 

Residents said they want a perimeter fence around the apartments. According to Columbia Housing Authority CEO Phil Steinhaus, a contiguous fence is not completely possible because it would block access to the development for emergency vehicles near the Socket Internet building.

Other than that, fencing will extend around the majority of the site's property lines in all directions, except to the west, where it will end before the watershed section.

Residents also asked that the existing Clark Lane sidewalk be extended to the proposed apartments. That request is under consideration, Steinhaus said. 

ND Consulting Group, which is partnering with the Columbia Housing Authority and New Horizons Community Support Services on the project, revealed it expects to collect $650,000 to $680,000 in tax credits every year for 10 years from the Missouri Housing Development Commission to help fund the apartments. Those tax credits will be sold to investors to provide additional funding needed for construction.

The total project is estimated to cost $8.6 million, or $135,000 per apartment, according to Ken Nuernberger of ND Consulting Group. 

Supervising editor is Jacob Kirn.

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