Representatives of Bradbury Holding told the Englewood City Council that approval of their rezoning request was essential to their plans to redevelop the Flood Middle School property.
The presentation was made during the Nov. 19 public hearing on the zoning request. The only other person to testify at the hearing was Bob Laughlin, president of the South Broadway Business Improvement District, who presented a letter from district representatives supporting the rezoning and the project.
The city council listened to the public hearing testimony and will vote on first reading of the rezoning request at the first meeting in January. If it passes with no major changes, it will come up for second and final reading at the second meeting in January.
The rezoning proposal was presented by Brook Bell of the community development department.
The developers then made their presentation. Edward Barsocchi, a principal partner in Bradbury Holding, said the team of traffic specialists, architects and landscape designers has been working on the project for almost a year. He added that city departments have worked with the developers to help resolve issues that arose.
“This is basically the same project we presented to the city council in April,” Barsocchi said. “However, we now are presenting the project in a lot more detail.”
He said the first order of business is rezoning the site from the current three zoning designations to a planned unit development. While current zoning would allow up to 164 units, the developers want to demolish the middle school building and construct an apartment complex. The plan was to have a maximum of 350 units, but the developers agreed to the Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation to reduce the maximum number of apartments to 310.
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.
Wood Partners was selected as contractor for the project. He said it will be a green project with an effort to receive at least silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation and possibly gold designation.
Plans are for there to be a number of amenities, including a pool, landscaped courtyards, a fitness center, a cyber cafe and a bicycle shop.
Traffic was a subject of discussion. Billy Harris explained the traffic study his company conducted, with the conclusion that no improvements are needed to surrounding intersections to efficiently handle the traffic generated by the project
There was a question about the timeline for the project. Barsocchi said, if the rezoning is approved in January, the demolition of the Flood building should begin in the first quarter of 2013 and should take 90 to 120 days. It is estimated it will take about 18 months to complete the project, with the first tenants moving into apartments in the summer of 2014.