Pictured is the illustrative plan for an apartment complex going in on Cooks Pointe Boulevard. The plan, which was presented at Wednesday’s design review board meeting, will include a large area of open space to the west.
Cooks Pointe Boulevard is about to see it’s first bit of development in the form of apartments.
Marysville’s design review board voted unanimously to approve the development at its meeting Wednesday.
Applicant Joe Thomas, of Metro Development, spoke to the board about the project.
The property is located on the north side of the new Cooks Pointe Boulevard. It consists of six three-story residential buildings at 24 units each with a total of 144 units. There are six garage buildings for those who want sheltered parking and 288 spaces overall.
There’s a fire lane in the south that connects to Cooks Pointe Boulevard and clubhouse in the southeast.
Thomas said rates for residences his company has built range from $900 to $1,200 per month.
He said the development will serve the senior and young professional market.
Board member Tim Schacht said he likes how the buildings are pushed to the front of the property toward the street, but noted the entry road’s abundance of on-street parking could make navigating it “tedious.” He asked if the developer could bring the entry road up to connect with the northern entrance meant to connect with future developments.
“That way you’re not having people trying to park at the clubhouse, people trying to come into the site, and it getting really weird,” Schacht said.
Thomas said guests and staff are always coming and going from the clubhouse, so an abundance of parking is needed.
“It’s kind of a common theme amongst our different product styles to have that available parking,” Thomas said.
Thomas said he’s not in control of the ground in question. Since he doesn’t know what future development will look like near the entrance, modifying those plans could complicate things.
Thomas said the blank space to the west of the development would be a nature preserve. Schacht asked if that area would be an open field, or something else.
“Is that going to lawn, are you going to plant trees there?” he asked.
Thomas said he’s planning on working with the city forester to pick out some native grasses to plant there.
Thomas said the plan going forward is for the area to be a “no mow” area that the company could maintain.
Board member Brett Garrett noted many developments would use such a large, open space as an amenity.
“I was kind of surprised not to see that,” Garrett said.
He said it’s a missed opportunity.
Thomas said his company feels there’s enough walking space within the east portion of the development.
Board members said simply mowing a path through the space would be enough.
“Yeah, you might get your feet dirty and muddy, but hey, you’re outside,” Schacht said.
Board member Matt Stiffler asked why the emergency access entrance in the south couldn’t be a right turn only exit. He said residents who live in a building farther away from the entrance may want a closer exit.
Thomas said there was a “limitation on the plat” as far as how many entrances and exits are allowed. He also said as a developer, it’s better to limit how many entrances there are, since future access points haven’t been determined yet.
“We want to kind of funnel everything through the front entryway,” Thomas said. “I don’t have an overwhelming objection to doing a different driveway, but again, it would negate my sole reason to have that sort of entry design.”
Thomas said most residents prefer to go by the clubhouse anyway.
In other board new:
-Members elected this year’s leadership Wednesday. Melissa Marino will serve as chair, Scot Draughn will serve as vice-chair and Michael Lynch will serve as the board’s representative to city council. Schacht will serve as the board’s representative to planning commission.
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