Board of Adjustment approves apartments

Published 9:18 pm Thursday, February 20, 2020

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Two apartment complexes totaling 88 units are one step closer to being built in Troy after gaining approval from the Troy Board of Adjustments on Thursday evening.¬

Both complexes will still have to gain approval from the Troy Planning Commission before moving forward. Neither is on the agenda for next Thursday’s meeting of the Planning Commission.

Walt Stell, who represented both property applications, said both of these complexes have come before the board before and gotten approval with tweaks to be made.

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One complex would host 16 one-bedroom units at 508 and 512 E. Madison St. in the R3 high-density residential zoning district.

The board approved the density variance to allow the complex, but the combining of the two lots the property is set on must still be approved by the Planning Commission.

Stell also requested a special exception, density variance and height variance to allow the construction of a 72 dwelling-unit three-story apartment complex on nearly three acres to the east of South Brundidge Street, north side of Smith Street and south side of Center Street.

Stell said there is plenty of parking with 151 spaces including two handicap spaces. The complex would only be accessible from Center and Smith streets and could not be accessed from South Brundidge.

The board unanimously approved the request pending Planning Commission approval.

The board denied Stell a request for variance to allow two patio home lots on a curbed only street and a lot area variance to allow one of the lots to be substandard at 4,797 square feet. The homes would have been at 110 and 112 Pinckard Street.

Stell said there were two houses there that the owners tore down to build nicer patio homes on the lots, one of which he said was already substandard.

Perry Green, member of the board, said he was concerned about the precedent that would set.

“If we approved this, it would create a precedent of creating substandard lots,” Green said. “I think we’d be overstepping our bounds.”

Stell said his client had bought the two homes and “paid a pretty good price” and had them torn down hoping to put two back. Green motioned to deny the request and the board unanimously agreed.

The board also approved the placing of a mobile food truck at 609 N. Three Notch St. to operate from the lot when it is not out at festivals and other events.

Johnny Wilson, a corrections officer, told the board that he will be serving barbecue from the food truck and expects to be out at local festivals such as TroyFest and anywhere else that a food truck might be welcomed.

The board also approved variances for a building sign at Fastenal and a V-shaped sign at the entrance to the Summit at Oak Park Subdivision.

Phase Two of the subdivision is on the agenda for next week’s Planning Commission meeting.