“It’s a public hearing on the proposed ordinance change,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
The developer, Red Star Shores LLC, is asking the city to amend its planned development ordinance for the north-end property in order to permit them to move forward with their proposed project.
“It’s a planned development,” McGinnis explained. “If it is approved, they can build what is on those plans.”
The entire project is broken up into several phases — meaning even if City Council gave final approval, developers wouldn’t immediately pop up everything they have on the drawing board.
“The project continues to be an incremental approach,” McGinnis said. “We don’t expect them to break ground on all the final elements all at once.”
According to the draft ordinance, the revision would allow a mixed-use development that includes both residential and commercial elements. These elements would include a mix of the following:
• A hotel and restaurants/retail on the site’s east end.
• Ten 12-unit and two 24-unit apartment buildings.
• Unifying elements to complement the existing development.
• A walkway near the river's edge.
The plan differs from what the site’s original developer proposed back in the mid-2000s. That plan called for more townhomes and condos, retail, and a hotel/conference center.
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