Apartment project trimmed back

Apartment project trimmed back

CHAMPAIGN – Developers of a 24-story apartment complex in Campustown have scaled back plans for an adjacent complex next door.

Campus Acquisitions LLC, which built the 309 Green complex two years ago, had planned to erect a 20-story tower immediately to the east.

But new plans submitted to the city of Champaign indicate the developers now hope to put an eight-story apartment building at the southwest corner of Fourth and Green streets where the College Corner Mall now stands.

Plans for the proposed 311 Green apartment complex – scheduled to go before the Champaign Plan Commission in October – show the building would have 70 units, most of them with one or two bedrooms.

The first floor would have 6,400 square feet of retail space, with apartments on the second through eighth floors. There would be 28 two-bed apartments, 21 one-bed apartments, 14 four-bed apartments and seven three-bed apartments.

Developers are seeking two waivers from the city: one for parking requirements and the other for open space.

Zoning ordinances require 77 parking spaces for the new building. But since the adjacent 309 Green building has 213 parking spaces – five more than required – developers are hoping to convince the city that dedicated space for bike and scooter parking and the availability of short-term car rentals will adequately address the problem.

The developers also hope to convince the city that open space requirements can be satisfied through the use of vast balconies and a rooftop terrace that will connect by ramp with the eighth-floor terrace of 309 Green, which includes an outdoor pool, spa and fitness center.

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture of Chicago, which designed the 309 Green building, also came up with the plans for 311 Green.

In a preliminary planned development application, Campus Acquisitions said it wants to begin construction on the eight-story building in spring 2010, with completion slated for August 2011. The company said it wants to replace a "run-down partially vacant retail building" with an "iconic mixed-use structure."

The building would be 95 feet tall, or roughly one-third as tall as the 279-foot-tall 309 Green structure.

Members of Campus Acquisitions LLC include Tom Gillespie, Brian Neiswender, Tom Scott, Marc Lifshin and J.J. Smith.

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