Friday, June 11, 2021

New apartments for Fairview at Planning Commission Next Week

At the Planning Commission next week there is a major review for the second phase, for 183 new apartments, of The Grove at the Fairview site.

At Fairview, phase 2 of The Grove (yellow added)

Strangely, the City's list of Hearing Notices does not appear to show anything about this. So it snuck up.

On the morning of June 11th, no Hearing Notice

The first phase of The Grove was a large complex of three story walkup apartments set on a large parking lot. It's a standard cookie-cutter project in the suburban, car-dependent mode, not really very consistent with the original goals of the Fairview redevelopment.

The second phase continues the pattern, and I am not at all sure there is anything new or interesting to say about it.

Two of the adjustment requests may deserve more comment, and perhaps over the weekend there will be more to say:

  • Staff Report recommends denial of the request to cut down more trees.
  • Staff Report recommends approving increases in setbacks throughout the project area. This reduces the pedestrian and urban character of the whole. At the same time, it is consistent with the first phase of The Grove.

The Staff Report is large. And here is the meeting agenda. There are also some code amendments for a work session, but these do seem to be house-keeping and of only very specialist interest.

Previous notes on The Grove at Fairview here.

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