The process is moved forward on the Elsey Partners rezoning request, which is needed for the developer to move forward with the proposal to construct a 140-apartment complex at 4201 S. Navajo St.
The council passed the rezoning ordinance on first reading on Sept. 3, set the public hearing for the Sept. 16 council meeting but no resident spoke at the hearing.
In keeping with council procedure, they will then take up the rezoning request on second and final reading during the Oct. 7 meeting.
Brook Bell, community development planner, presented the rezoning request to the council at the Sept. 3 meeting.
“This two-acre site is zoned industrial and was originally a cat litter manufacturing site and now is occupied by the manufacturer of outdoor bleachers,” he said. “The developer wants to build an apartment complex; industrial zoning doesn’t allow the proposed project, so the request is to rezone the site as a planned unit development.”
The plans call for the Navajo Apartments to be constructed immediately south of the proposed Oxford Station Transit Oriented Development project, which plans to build a 252-apartment complex. The Navajo Apartments would be about 800 feet south of the Oxford Light Rail Station.
The apartments would be rented at market rate, and parking for tenants would be inside the project. The estimated construction costs will be about $15 million. Based on that figure, the city would receive a building use tax of about $260,000. Also, the size of the site doesn’t provide the room to meet the city requirement for park dedication. So the developer will pay a fee of about $54,000. In addition, Englewood would annually receive property taxes of about $4,000 from the project.
Bell’s report stated the Planning and Zoning Commission had reviewed the rezoning request, held a public hearing on the proposal on May 14 and voted 8-0 to recommend the city council approve the rezoning.