County Council members yesterday voted to approve a scaled-down version of a proposed condominium development in Southern Ellicott City next to the planned Route 100.
K&M Development Corp.'s rezoning petition asked the council members, sitting as the Zoning Board, to change 50 acres of office/research-zoned land to apartment zoning to accommodate 730 units between the planned highway and the Oakland Ridge Industrial Center.
Three council members agreed to change only 30 acres to apartment zoning and allow only 450 condominium units in 19 buildings. The revised plan leaves parcels closest to Route 100 zoned for office/research uses. Councilwoman Shane Pendergrass, D-1st, abstained.
The approved plan, an alternative submitted by the developer at the project's Oct. 28 Zoning Board hearing, is similar to an one recommended by the county Department of Planning and Zoning.
The county Planning Board recommended against the site-plan petition in August, agreeing with the county planning department that it did not meet the legal requirements needed for any zoning change.
The rezoning is expected to give new life to the site developer Patrick McCuan tried to develop into an office park. He invested $1.5 million in a one-mile segment of Route 100. The developer was stymied by a slumping office market and the state's failure to complete Route 100, which would provide easy access.
Councilman Paul Farragut, D-4th, who did not attend yesterday's meeting, had suggested that 5 percent of the condominiums be reserved for low-income buyers, but that was not made a condition of the rezoning.
Mr. McCuan said then he expected the units to sell for about but said he could provide some units in the $60,000-to- $70,000 range.