The Urban County Council gave final approval Monday to an affordable housing apartment complex on North Limestone after a five-hour hearing.
The council passed the changes to the zoning unanimously. The Planning Commission had previously approved the zoning changes for the apartment complex in the 1000 block of North Limestone.
The $6 million Arlington Studios complex — which is two buildings, one on each side of the Embrace Church at 1015 N. Limestone — is tentatively scheduled to open in the summer of 2016. The complex will have 76 studio and one-bedroom apartments with the bottom floor of each building designated for non-residential use — such as office space, retail or restaurants.
Monthly rents are planned to be between $400 and $700. The complex is targeted to people who make between $20,000 and $40,000 a year, developers say. Affordable housing — particularly downtown — has become a pressing need.
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Much of the discussion during Monday night's public hearing centered on traffic, parking and concerns about density. As a condition of approval, the council added some restrictions on the use of the Embrace Church parking lot to access one of the apartment buildings.
Chris Westover, a lawyer who represents Arlington Studios developer Bruce Nicol, said the group still needs to submit a final development plan and work on stormwater mitigation before construction can begin. Currently, the two lots are parking lots.