City Planner Farhad Daroga said that a portion of the planned unit development was originally designated for commercial businesses, but the new applicant, BlackRidge Companies, is requesting that it also be used for multifamily housing.
That commercial portion is 3.18 acres and would bring the number of units on the 23.7-acre parcel to 380. Originally proposed as the Sierra, it was projected to have 246 units.
City leaders speculate that the economy in 2009 contributed to the development being halted.
Councilman Richard Carter said that, in general, he supports apartments in the right area and when there is not an over-concentration of multifamily units in one area.
“When they’re well-managed and taken care of, they provide a real necessary housing for a whole lot of people,” Carter said. “That’s something I think we need to be cognizant of. We want to be able to welcome everybody.”
Apartments in Broken Arrow often attract opposition from nearby home- owners.
While there are single-family developments in the area, they are not immediately adjacent to the proposed Creekside Apartments.
No one spoke in opposition at the public hearing last month before the planning commission, which approved staff’s recommendation to approve the request subject to the 3.18 acres being platted.
The final consideration will go before the City Council on Tuesday night.
According to the company’s website, this would be its first Oklahoma apartment project. It has multifamily properties in Arkansas, Missouri, North Dakota and Tennessee.
The company also has several hotel properties including a Hampton Inn & Suites in Williston, N.D., and a TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Cheyenne, Wyo.
BY SUSAN HYLTON World Staff Writer
Sunday, July 14, 2013
7/14/13 at 5:45 AM
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