WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Plans to build a new, five-story apartment complex in West Lafayette’s Chauncey Village will go before the Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission Wednesday night.
A “Notice of Request For Rezoning” sign sits outside the Bar Barry Liquor building on Northwestern Avenue in West Lafayette. Plans to build a new apartment building on the property are in the works.
“I think it’s wonderful to see this space being reconsidered,” West Lafayette resident, Stacey Smythe said. “The building is getting tired and I just don’t think it’s working with the overall landscape that Purdue and the local community are working with.”
“A new apartment coming here would be very beneficial for students,” Purdue freshman Ashwan Banneerselvam said. “They would be able to live close to campus. As of now, all of the on-campus apartments are filling up.”
“I think it would be really beneficial economically and infrastructure wise,” Purdue junior Jodie Cha said. “It would definitely alleviate a lot of the traffic.”
If approved, the Director of West Lafayette Development, Chandler Poole, said the new building would be five-stories high. The bottom story would be used for retail space while the other four floors would be used for student housing.
“It’s a really nice design,” Poole said. “It will fit the ‘Village’ really well and I think that everyone will be proud of this project once it’s done.”
However, some West Lafayette residents said while they would be happy to see the property used more efficiently, they’re not so thrilled of the size of the building.
“I think five stories would just be a little too high,” Smythe said. “I think it would make this corridor a little tight. It makes a nice entrance way into the university, but it’s almost like driving or lugeing at this point. And I would hate to see that continue to happen along here.”
The Area Plan Commission will have its final reading Wednesday night at a public hearing. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County building.
Poole said the project will then go before the West Lafayette City Council next month.