URBANA -- The city council would need to approve a special zoning permit before a project to build an estimated $30 million apartment complex just north of University Avenue can move forward.
City council members tonight are scheduled to take a look at the proposal that the city's plan commission has already unanimously signed off on. The Urbana City Council meets at 7 tonight in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.
The Bainbridge Cos., a Florida developer, plans to build the five-story, 197-unit complex with beds for 510 students in the 1000 block of West University Avenue. The complex would, for the most part, be behind Hot Wok Express and the recently closed Cocina Real restaurant.
The project would include a seven-story parking structure with 401 spaces on Goodwin Avenue, just north of Durst Cycle and Fitness.
The building would also house about 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
It?s a continuation of an old project, according to city documents. Another developer in 2008 applied for and received a so-called ?special use permit,? which allows deviances from the city's zoning codes. But the project was dropped after the 2008 economic crisis.
Bainbridge has since picked up the project and is asking that the city allow shorter setbacks than the zoning code allows.
The rules for the property call for a minimum setback -- the distance from the structure itself to the property line -- of between 17 and 28 feet in some directions. The developer is asking that the city lower the allowable setback to between 7 and 12 feet.