Packed room for public meeting on Glenwood Ridge Apartments

02/07/2017 7:44 PM by

Shane Doran from the Humanities Foundation and lawyer T. Preston Lloyd, Jr. of Williams Mullen faced a curious and at least semi-hostile crowd of about 50 at the Family Resource Center this evening, presenting and taking questions on the proposed Glenwood Ridge Apartments at a meeting organized by Councilwoman Newbille.

The proposed development consists of two 3-story (on a podium) apartment buildings on the site of the old trolley barn off of Glennwood Avenue. The 82 unit complex will consist of 12 1-bedroom units, 46 2-bedroom units, and 24 3-bedroom units, with maximum rents of $815 for 1 bedroom units, $978 for 2 bedroom units, and $1,129 for 3-bedroom. Doran stated that the rents would likely be about $100 lower. The project as drawn has over 150 parking spaces.

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Shane Doran

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Glenwood Ridge Apartments

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The units are mandated to be affordable (based on the tax credits applied for), and would be mandated to be so for the next 35 years.

The project is by-right based on the the zoning (zoned R-63 in 2010), with 82 units an effective under-utilization of the potential density of the location. The project is in the early stages and still need to go before Planning and to be permitted by the city. Doran stated that they hope to have permits by April.

The density/scale/massing of the buildings and the “affordable housing” tag were areas of concern based on questions from the audience.

While Doran states that he is not involved in “any active or inactive” conversations about other property in the area, he did say that he had been in contact with Frank Wood about adjacent properties up the hill.

The development documents were first brought to Planning and Review on November 23, 2016. Cynthia Newbille was only made aware of the proposal after calls from the community after the demolition permit was recently discussed here.

The Humanities Foundation is a South Carolina non-profit developer of affordable and workforce housing, with a for-profit arm that manages the properties once built. The Humanities Foundation has 11 developments completed or underway in Virginia, though only 3 are shown on their website. They recently had a project denied by the Hopewell City Council.

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