Brad Wisler, newly elected president of Bloomington’s plan commission. (Dave Askins/Beacon)
The view to the north across Moores Pike, of the lot where the proposed PUD would be built. August 2019. (Dave Askins/Beacon)
During public commentary Moores Pike was described as “a pain in the butt to cross.” The closest crosswalk to the east is this one, almost a quarter mile to the east of the proposed PUD. August 2019. (Dave Askins/Beacon)
The view from the south of a proposed PUD on Moores Pike.
At Monday’s meeting of the Bloomington plan commission, a planned unit development (PUD) for 2.2 acres of land on Moores Pike, with 80 apartments in one 50-foot, four-story building, was forwarded to the city council with a negative recommendation.
A mixed use PUD proposed for the northwest corner of E. Longview Avenue and S. Pete Ellis Drive, with 19,000 square feet of commercial space, 264 apartments and a 306-space parking deck, was approved for its second of two required hearings, to be held in front of the plan commission next month.
Councilmembers Steve Volan (left) and Jim Sims (Dave Askins/Beacon)
Brandt Stiles, Collegiate Development Group (Dave Askins/Beacon)
Bloomington’s city council voted Wednesday night on proposed zoning for a student-oriented housing development at the site of the current Motel 6 on North Walnut Street. The outcome was 3–5–1.
That is, it got three votes in favor, five against, and one abstention from the nine-member council.
That tally defeated Collegiate Development Group’s proposal for planned unit development (PUD) zoning, to accommodate a 750-bed development at the site.
The bedroom count had been trimmed, from 820, in the week since the council’s land use committee met for a second time on the proposal. The committee’s vote on its recommendation to the full council was 0-1-3. The reduced number of bedrooms was a result of slicing the top floor off one of the buildings. Based on the formula used by CDG to calculate its contribution to the city’s housing development fund, the bedroom reduction dropped the amount from $2.46 million to $2.25 million.
Initial proposal from Collegiate Development group, with parking in front of the building.
Revised proposal based on land use committee feedback without parking in front.
Last Wednesday (Aug. 28) the Bloomington city council’s four-member land use committee signaled its dissatisfaction with several aspects of a proposed 820-bed student-oriented housing development at the site of the current Motel 6 property on North Walnut.
Three members abstained from the vote (Allison Chopra, Steve Volan and Chris Sturbaum) and one voted outright no (Isabel Piedmont-Smith) on the committee’s recommendation.
The committee’s roll call left the proposal with no votes of support, as it heads to back to the full council’s agenda. The full council will be considering the proposal as a second reading this Wednesday (Sept. 4).
Collegiate Development Group is requesting planned unit development zoning (PUD) for its site plan—that’s why it’s in front of the city council, even after receiving a recommendation of approval from the plan commission in mid-June. Zoning is enacted through ordinances, so PUDs have to go through the city council.
Part of the mix in the PUD proposal is a proposed donation to the city’s housing development fund of around $2.46 million, and the funding of an additional bus route in the Bloomington Transit fixed-route system.
New building projects in Bloomington can be controversial, especially when the proposed new apartments are marketed to students at Indiana University. Typical for such projects are higher numbers of bedrooms for each apartment.
A recently proposed 820-bedroom housing development on North Walnut, at the current Motel 6 site, prompted this comment from one city councilmember about the number of four-bedroom units in the proposal (compared with other, smaller apartments):
“All I can say is, Wow!”
Collegiate Development Group’s proposal will be in front of Bloomington’s city council for a first reading on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. In mid-June the city’s plan commission voted unanimously in favor of the site plan. Continue reading “Math Journal: Bedroom arithmetic”→