Plans for redevelopment of the Flood Middle School site cleared a major hurdle Dec. 3 as the Englewood City Council approved the second and final reading of the request to zone the site as a planned unit development.
There were three different zone designations on portions of the two parcels of land making up the Flood property. The rezoning was needed for developer Bradbury Holding to construct the two-building apartment complex.
The council unanimously approved the rezoning. After the vote, Council Member Jill Wilson said she was excited to see the Flood project move forward.
“This is a good project,” she said. “But we need to be sure to monitor increased traffic to lessen impact on the neighborhood. I also hope the developer will make sure the neighborhood residents are kept informed of the schedule and progress of the project.”
The other council members, including Mayor Randy Penn, agreed.
“It is good to see this project move forward. There were some concerns were raised early but I feel the developer adequately addressed those issues,” Penn said. “I, too, urge the developer to keep the neighbors informed and up to date on the project. I love Flood Middle School. But it is time to say goodbye to it and replace it with a project that will be an asset to our community.
Edward Barsocchi, a principal partner in Bradbury Holding, said after the council decision that plans are to begin demolition the first quarter of 2013 or, at the latest, early in the second quarter of next year.
“Work will begin on hazardous material remediation and then demolition can begin,” he said.
The design is for two buildings, one on the Flood site and one on the adjacent ball field. The concept is to design the buildings so all tenant parking is on the site. Originally, the plan was for 350 apartments, but the developer agreed with the Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation and reduced the maximum number of apartments to 310.
The plans include a number of amenities, including a pool, landscaped courtyards, a fitness center, a cyber cafe and a bicycle shop.
Neighbors expressed concern about increased traffic. However, a traffic study performed for the developer concluded no improvements are needed to surrounding intersections to efficiently handle the traffic generated by the project
Estimates are that, if demolition begins in the first quarter of 2013, it will take about 18 months to complete the project, with the first tenants moving into apartments in the summer of 2014.