Planning Commission approves 15-unit apartment building in West Calhoun

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The city Planning Commission approved plans Dec. 4 for a three-story,  15-unit apartment building at 3823 W. 31st St.

The project will have five surface parking spaces, and it qualifies for a parking reduction due to its location near the proposed Southwest light rail station, which would begin service in 2022.

At the Planning Commission meeting, West Calhoun Neighborhood Council President Allan Campbell said that while board members are supportive of the general concept, they have concerns about parking. Light rail construction would be years away, he said, and residents must illegally cross tracks to reach a bike trail.

“We would hope that the residents are able to do without cars, but the concern is that the site does not have good enough access to transit to allow renters to go without cars,” he said.

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City staff noted that a Midtown Greenway Land Use and Development Plan recommends 3-5 story apartment buildings for the area.

In voting to approve the project, Planning Commissioner Nick Magrino said he thinks it’s a good example of “missing middle” housing, providing new housing in a relatively small building.