A planned development amendment to the north end site was approved by City Council with a 4-1 vote Monday night.
The approval allows up to 168 apartments, three restaurants and a 125-room hotel to be built on the property, north of Adams Street.
“I am very excited that it is going to move forward,” Mayor Geri McCaleb said. “It’s not going to make everyone happy, but you have to give a little.”
She noted that it has been a long time coming for the approval, and she’s glad to see the case come to a conclusion.
“I think it will be a good project,” McCaleb said. “It puts people to work … and it’s a huge thing for our taxpayers.”
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The plan by the developer, Redstar Shores LLC, includes dedicated parking for all units — at least one per unit immediately adjacent to the building where the unit is located — and a row of shrubs between existing Adams Row townhomes and the proposed apartments. Other site amenities include unifying elements to complement the existing development, and a kayak launch and walkway near the river's edge.
City Manager Pat McGinnis noted Monday’s approval clears the way for the developer to eventually begin construction. He’s hopeful that there will be construction starting this year.
"I think (the developers) hope to build this year," McGinnis said. “(But) they still have to do very fine detail work before they can start building.”
Councilman Bob Monetza voted against the proposal. Prior to council’s vote, he suggested several amendments to the proposal, all of which were either not taken up or were voted down.
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