A new development is on the horizon that aims to transform what today is a secluded industrial manufacturing site into a multi-story apartment complex- which seems a more appropriate use in this location consistent with development patterns of Underwood Hills.
Redevelopment of Industrial to Residential is a good thing for a number of reasons: it cleans up potential environmental/ brownfield issues, it improves stormwater management, and it reduces commercial traffic (i.e. tractor-trailers).
The proposed multifamily development boasts 341 dwelling units spanning 333,200 square feet. Parking will be accommodated in a newly constructed garage as part of the project, and access to the property will be facilitated via Defoor Avenue.
The sheer scale of this development holds some implications, and a vote on this matter will take place at the Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association meeting scheduled for Monday, August 14. Drawing from past experiences, the investment in high-quality developments has yielded substantial benefits for the area and its residents. These advantages include the proliferation of local eateries, shops and the transformation of former eyesores into meticulously maintained establishments bordered by trees. Additionally, enhancements to infrastructure, such as walkways and streetlights, have greatly improved the neighborhood.
Notably, recent successful developments have seen the conversion of dirt paths strewn with litter into well-tended areas featuring pruned trees, clean sidewalks, trimmed shrubbery, and neat grass. This marked enhancement undoubtedly elevates the quality of life for all, not solely pedestrians.
However, this progress comes with its share of drawbacks, notably increased traffic, and congestion during peak hours. The application also sets a precedent for an increase in density that may have an impact on future decisions.
The developers will present their case during the upcoming General Meeting, and all residents are encouraged to participate through Zoom or in person.
Here are some ideas what questions to ask during the meeting on Monday, Aug 14: