The site is currently zoned H-R, high density residential, and will utilize the existing site plans from the previous La Paloma apartment project originally approved in 2005 for the site at the southwest corner of Ivy and Hwy 33. If approved, the complex will add 60 apartment dwelling units to the city, which will accommodate a maximum of 186 persons.
According to the Planning Commission report, the new owner of the property intends to recommence construction of the project soon, but wishes to amend the community center area to better match those amenities currently desired by residents and to better meet energy and water efficiency needs.
Original plans showed a pool and a community recreation facility set in the middle of eight separate dwelling unit structures. Seven of those will be two stories tall and will make room for eight apartments each, while the remaining structure will be only one story tall and will house four apartments.
The reworked plans being considered by the Planning Commission show no changes to the dwelling units or original site plan except for the community recreation facility.
A letter provided to city staff and commissioners by project applicant Michael Owens outlined the changes to the rec. facility, which include replacing the pool with a water play splash zone with three separate seating and lounging areas, and an outdoor steel log fire element.
The re-designed 2,700 square foot community recreation facility will feature a split roofed pavilion which will include an outdoor gas fired BBQ, kitchen and bar center, double sided fireplace, movie wall with video equipment and projector, two restrooms, an equipment room and covered community mail area.
A tot-lot with overhead shade sails will be placed adjacent to the recreation facility and will contain two distinctive age appropriate play areas.
Site plans call for an 8 foot masonry wall to be constructed along the properties’ boundaries with existing homes from the Colony Park housing subdivision directly to the west, while a 6 foot masonry wall is called for to surround the rest of the Ivy Terrace property.
The original La Paloma project stalled part way through construction and eventually was foreclosed upon in 2009. Eventually the two nearly completed structures at the site burned to the ground in a fire deemed ‘suspicious’ October 4th, 2012.
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