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April 2, 2013

New Albany council OK’s land use for complex

No consensus yet for paving campaign

NEW ALBANY — On second reading, the New Albany City Council unanimously approved permitting a 12-unit, townhouse-style apartment complex at 822 Northgate Blvd. off Grant Line Road Monday. 

The proposal to permit the multi-family complex was brought forth by Receveur Real Estate and will require a third vote of approval by the council. 

In 2008, the council OK’d a Planned Unit Development District for the property that allowed the site to be developed with offices. New Albany Plan Commission Director Scott Wood said some initial work was done on the property, but construction ceased before offices were built. 

“The economy went in the tank. They stopped work,” Wood said. 

As planned, the units would be two-bedroom and start at $750 monthly for rent. A representative with the real estate group said they would not seek government subsidies for the apartments, and that they would only be designed for rent, not purchase. 

Though the ordinance passed unanimously, Councilman Dan Coffey questioned whether the city was accumulating an abundance of apartment complexes in one area. 

He referenced the Stonecrest apartment complex that was approved by the council last month, though the project would be located about a mile from the Northgate Boulevard development. 

Coffey said he wasn’t specifically referring to the Receveur project, but added the city should examine where such developments are being built. 

Wood said it’s a fair question, and that the city should consider reviewing its comprehensive plan, which is now 14 years old. 

It’s good practice to revisit comprehensive plans every five years, or at least every decade, Wood continued. 

However with just a two-person planning staff, Wood said reviewing the plan would likely require the help of an outside consultant. 

 

COUNCIL TALKS PAVING

Prior to the meeting, the council held a work session to discuss funding for paving for this year and beyond. 

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