Council may vote to approve apartments

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 19, 2003

The former Burr Oak Manor issue might be put to rest Monday.

Three motions pertaining to the planned 18-unit apartment complex are up for council approval.

If they pass, Kevin Schammel will have the go-ahead to start building his apartments on the lot.

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The first motion would amend the comprehensive plan from a low-density residential to high-density residential land use.

The second motion would approve findings of fact for the rezoning of the property from an R-1 (single family residential) district to a PDR (Planned Development Residential) district.

The third motion would approve that zoning.

The plan has had much opposition from neighborhood residents, who say the complex would cause noise, increase traffic and lower property values, among other things.

Neighbors have been represented by attorney Scott Richardson throughout the process.

Schammel's proposal has been to this stage before, however.

At the April 21 council meeting, the council was set to vote on the rezoning. However, the process was sent back to the beginning stages because of a question of procedure.

The council has been divided on this issue in the past. The last time it was before the council, at the June 2 meeting, they voted on the conceptual plan. The plan was approved by a 4-3 vote.

Matt Merritt can be reached at 434-2214 or by e-mail at