Grand Landing gets go ahead

The next phase of the Grand Landing development was given the green light to proceed.
Alex Doty
Apr 15, 2014

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.”

See the plans: Download the Related File below (PDF)

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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Comments

jane furfey

I am with Bob Monetza, more work needs to be done. Parking is awful now and can't see it getting any better. Have gone there several times and haven't been able to park.

papa bear

What a waste of space

Willylowman

what kind of clientele is this going to attract? " 168 apartments "

justpondering

"includes dedicated parking for all units — at least one per unit immediately adjacent to the building where the unit is located". I wonder who was smoking what when coming out with these specs and this project, not alone on approving it.

1stWorldProblems

This won't end well. The dumpster fire that won't stop burning.

ohwell

What a waste is right. The city council needs to takes it blinders off and quit thinking of the tax revenue they think they are going to get. When in reality, when this project flops, they are going to be standing there with empty pockets and rotting buildings.

Say no to new taxes

Apartments are cash cows for the developer. Can't fill them at market rates? The Government will be happy to load you up with Section 8 tenants.

Lifesabeach

Yup.

nextdoor

No problem there

happycamper

everyone needs a place to live, section 8 helps a lot of people, but just not in your town, right ?

Willylowman

right

mlouiswolf

I just hope this means that someone will budget to redesign/rebuild that idiotic human-live-trap of a round-about that is there. It only allows you to go down a dead-street. Love to watch 168 residents negotiate that thing every morning.

Gwen66

They should turn those condos into apartments because that is all they are worth now. Very poor planning. No future outlook and you all are right, what a huge waste of space. Wow. Almost speechless.

LIAMD

Great job Council ! This was the best use of the property,who would buy a condo there..we already know that answer..move on, fill the place with YUPS, get some new digs to eat at for the Divas as well !

happycamper

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Real estate maven

As I've said before this thing is a white elephant. Guessing the hotel is just a wet dream and still hard to figure out what happens to the dozens of empty condos. I would still like to see some credentials on and other projects completed by the developer/sponsor.

just-a-guy

I agree, this is not going to end well. I find it very difficult to believe that there is a shortage of housing in the price range that the apartments are going to rent at. The up keep and maintenance cost on that many buildings is going to be high. And without high enough occupancy rates things can go down hill in a hurry. Parking has always been an issue on the site. The current condos do not even come with an assigned parking space. The project was to large from the beginning.

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