Panel to allow developer to build senior housing

March 01, 1994|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

Developer Michael Berman won final approval last night from the Mount Airy Planning and Zoning Commission on his site plan for the first phase of the town's first senior housing development.

The panel gave conditional approval in December to the plan, which calls for 11 housing units to be built at Ridge and Park avenues.

Mr. Berman has proposed 32 units for people over age 62 on 4 acres of the 10-acre site. The community is slated to be a combination of duplexes and detached houses, with prices starting at $80,000.

Before giving the plan final approval, the commission wanted the town's senior housing committee and county planners to review it.

With the site plan approved, the developer hopes to begin construction by late spring, said Russ Lillard, an engineer on the project.

The commissioners withheld final approval in December because they were concerned a new road within the development would be used as a shortcut to the Mount Airy library adjacent to the development. But the commission voted last night to accept the senior housing committee's recommendation for no connection from the new road to the library.

Another issue that delayed the commission's decision involved the developer's architect's proposal to build an alley behind some units to provide driveway access. The architect suggested the alley because the commissioners were worried about driveways extending into an intersection within the development.

The commission agreed last night with a county traffic planner's assessment that an alley isn't needed because traffic volume will not be sufficient within the development.

The final issue that concerned the commission involved the need for acceleration and deceleration lanes on Ridge and Park avenues outside the development.

After reviewing the proposal, a county traffic planner said the lanes aren't needed because of the low traffic volume, said Town Planner Teresa Bamberger.

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