By Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa for Arizona Daily Sun
Flagstaff planning staff have approved the second rendition of The Hub, a multi-story apartment complex geared toward college students on about three acres in Southside.
The new plan calls for 591 bedrooms with 243 parking spots in a 301KSF building with 6,933SF of commercial space and 7,712SF of space for a lobby, study rooms, courtyard and other amenities.
The building is three and a half stories tall on Mike’s Pike, five stories tall on Milton Road and a split three-and-a-half-story and five-story building on Phoenix Avenue. Because the alternative plan follows the existing zoning on the site it will not need to come before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission or Council for approval.
Neighbors and other residents have objected to the plan as too large for the neighborhood or mainly one- and two-story buildings.
The City Council blocked the first application with a similar height and density when enough neighbors submitted petitions to require a supermajority of six votes on the 7-member council. Supporters on the council could muster just four votes, and Core Campus, the developer, has returned with a new plan that mainly flips the location of the stores and offices (AZBEX, March 29, 2016)
Core originally wanted to build a four to five story, 667-bed apartment complex. A large number of the neighbors in the community have objected to the project, saying the size and scale of the building does not meet the city’s transect zoning code.
According to the approval document from staff, Core is being required to pay one half of the estimated cost to construct a traffic light at the intersection of San Francisco Street and Franklin Avenue. The total cost of the light hasn’t been determined yet.
Core will also have to pay one half of the cost to improve the pedestrian crossing at Butler Avenue. Staff estimate that the number of pedestrians crossing Butler Avenue at Humphreys Street, at peak hour, will increase by 100 percent by 2017.
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