“It’s a great development opportunity,” said Siel. “I think (the developers) will facilitate a quality product.”
While there was broad support for bringing more housing to the area, several commissioners weighed in on the design of the buildings and their compatibility with existing historic buildings.
“I have to say that looking at (the drawings) I was a bit disappointed,” Ald. David Bogdala, who sits on the Planning Commission, said.
Commissioner Lydia Spottswood said she believed the plans submitted were common ground – not emulating the historic character of the area, but neither going the other way.
“It seems dull to me. I don’t feel like there’s a visual impact in there, ”Spottswood said. “I would rather see a cleaner, more contemporary approach, rather than something in the middle. “
Burlington-based PSG Inc., the company behind Arbor Apartments, initially presented Commissioners with a 32-unit development last fall. More recently the size and scope of the project has changed and it is now two units less.
The Arbor apartments will be specialized for people with disabilities and a member of staff will be on site at all times.
PSG is in the process of applying for a conditional use permit to move the project forward. Commissioners granted preliminary approval Thursday, setting the stage for a second and final reading and a public hearing next month.