Tallmadge -- The Tallmadge Planning and Zoning Commission voted Sept. 5 to approve landscaping and lighting plans for a planned senior apartment complex on West Avenue.
Clover Construction, the Buffalo, N.Y., based developer of the independent senior living facility at 260 West Ave., wants to begin construction of the complex on 6 acres of undeveloped land behind Rocky's Skating Center as soon as possible, according to Lon Marino, real estate manager with Clover Construction Management.
"We'll plan on submitting the engineered site plan to the city's Planning and Zoning Department. We're excited to move forward," he said about the next step for the project. Neither the Planning and Zoning Commission or City Council need to approve the site plan before the construction starts, he said.
Those 55 years of age and older will be eligible to live in the market-rate apartments.
The landscaping plans for the complex call for a driveway entrance off West Avenue that will be lined with narrow strips of lawn on both sides.
Decorative grass, plants and flowering shrubs will be planted at the entrance, and the sign for the complex will have landscaping around it as well.
Shrubs will line the west side of the three-story, 119-unit building, along with evergreen and deciduous trees.
On the east side of the property, trees will be added to provide an additional buffer between the building and Nottingham Street. A hill and woods already serve as buffers on this side of the property.
"We designed the landscaping plan according to the [city's zoning] code and to make it pleasing for our residents," Marino told the Commission.
The lighting plan calls for a lantern-type porch or balcony lights for each unit, in between each garage and for each storage unit.
Marino said the lamps affixed to the main building are "low lighting, just enough so you can see to get in the door."
Before approving the lighting plan, Commission members discussed how neighbors in the surrounding area might be affected and agreed some might be unhappy.
"I want to make sure this is the least intrusive lighting package on this building," Patrick Larson said.
Dianne Sumego suggested changing the type of lamps behind the storage units from those that will be on from dusk to dawn to lamps that are activated by motion.
Julie Oliver called the lighting plan "minimal" and unlike one that might be on an industrial property.
"I don't believe it's going to be a light that's so intrusive to [the neighbors] they won't be able to sleep," she said.
Marino said the lighting plan was designed with the surrounding properties in mind.
"Our lights won't be shining out; they'll be shining down ... We're designing it so there's the least amount of spillover," he said.
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