Not all council members want five-story apartment complex

The city council votes 5-2 to build a new, five-story apartment complex in West Lafayette's Chauncey Village. (WLFI Photo)
The city council votes 5-2 to build a new, five-story apartment complex in West Lafayette's Chauncey Village. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A five-story apartment complex is one step closer to moving into West Lafayette’s Chauncey Village, but not all city council members are welcoming the new development.

The proposed $7 million development would be at the corner of North Street and Northwestern Avenue in West Lafayette, where a Bar Barry Liquors store currently stands. The project will have commercial space on the ground floor, with 4 floors of apartments above and 56 bedrooms spread over 44 units. Plans call for the liquor store to be demolished this summer and construction to be complete by the fall of 2015.

Monday night’s city council discussion centered around potential parking and traffic issues. While Mayor John Dennis said the developers have catered to the city’s needs, Councilors Gerald Thomas and Peter Bunder both voted “no” for the project.

“The current zoning is commercial business. It allows for a three-story building and I think that would probably be as tall as you want to go at that site. I think five-story increases density and that provides a further challenge for anybody who wants to park down in The Village,” said Bunder.

“The developer in this particular case, Alan White, was very pliable to what our needs were, was willing to make the appropriate changes to make it a pretty solid looking structure, an aesthetically appealing structure, and a good fit for that location,” said Dennis.

The council will vote a second time at its April meeting.

The council also approved a project that would extend a sewer main along the Cumberland extension to developers around the new U.S. 231 corridor.

It was also announced that the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office will fund a new K-9 for the West Lafayette Police Department. Kay retired because of minor health issues.

Monday night marked the first city council meeting away from City Hall while crews work to repair a mold problem.

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