Following Delay, Lafayette Council Approves Sundar Project
The Sundar Apartments project, delayed in recent weeks by design concerns and neighbors’ pushback, now appears primed to move forward with its plans to usher large-scale residential development at Lafayette’s southern gateway.
City council deliberations on the nearly 700-unit complex stretched well into Tuesday’s early morning hours, spotlighting questions over the project’s access routes and surrounding buffers that served to stall a decision last month.
The plans eventually were given an official go-ahead on first reading, dealing a blow to neighboring residents who say the project will transform the surrounding rural landscape by saturating local roads and forming harsh buffers between properties.
Milestone Development Group, which also built the city’s Luna Bella Apartments, plans to build the 684 units — spread across 19 apartment buildings — near the U.S. 287 and Dillon Road intersectionon land recently used for an 8 North, LLC-owned well site.
The development’s approval would prevent any opportunities for larger-scale drilling in the future, officials say.
Further negotiations around the project’s fencing will have to be resolved before an official approval is given, say city officials who now are charged with bridging the gap between a proposal from neighboring Maple Grove residents for an 8-foot high, solid, fire-proof, pre-fabricated concrete wall separating the two properties, and fencing for which the developers are more likely to pay.
Officials have mentioned the possibility of allocating funds from the Mary Miller Theater — $400,000 promised by the applicants on the condition that plans were approved this year — though it’s unclear if that will come to fruition.
“We’re disappointed in the overall process,” Maple Grove resident Doug Miers said Tuesday. “We understand that there will be development that will be going in on this property,” he said, adding he was disappointed other options weren’t explored.
If officially approved on second reading, the apartments will be built in two phases, records suggest, with the first phase also to include construction of a road connecting U.S. 287 to Dillon Road that would sit along a new Regional Transportation Department bus route.
The second phase is expected to usher in a signalized intersection at crossing of the new, unnamed road and U.S. 287.
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