Plans underway to build 40 unit apt. building in WL

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Plans are moving forward to build a new apartment building in West Lafayette’s Chauncey Village.

Negotiations are underway to build a four-story, 40-unit apartment complex named South Street Station in Chauncey Village.
Area Plan Commission assistant director Ryan O’Gara said the 75 bedroom building will compliment other projects in downtown West Lafayette.

“A combination of brick and stone. We wanted to make sure there was a little more variety,” O’Gara said. “We do get complaints from time to time about just endless brick buildings, so there is a little bit more variety to this one.”

O’Gara said parking was a focal point as the plans moved forward to build at the intersection of South and Salisbury streets.

“It’s going to be a single underground garage level,” he said. “There’s going to be some surface parking on-site and then there’s actually pre-existing parking leases in the Chauncey Square garage directly across the street.”

South Street Station will be more than just an apartment building. O’Gara said as part of the negotiations developers agreed to build a public art space in front of the building.

“Which basically juxtaposes with the public art seating area if front of Greyhouse at the other end of South Street, so we saw this as an opportunity to point, counter-point environment for this heavily pedestrianized area,” O’Gara said.

The developer owns four old homes divided into apartments will be torn down to build the apartments.

“It’s sort of a natural progression. There are existing older buildings there and the property values are ripe for redevelopment and there is an opportunity here to add a little bit more residential density in a very appropriate place,” O’Gara said.

The plans will go to the Area Plan Commission in July. If passed it will go to the West Lafayette City Council in August. O’Gara said developers are hoping to open South Street Station in the fall of 2015.

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