The St. Cloud City Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on a voluntary annexation request from the developer of a new 36-unit apartment complex for seniors.
The project won unanimous support from the city's Planning Commission in December. Owner/developer Jose Quezada is seeking high-density residential zoning for the 2.2-acre parcel on Brown Chapel Road, just south of Summer Cove Apartments.
Quezada told GrowthSpotter he has invested in commercial and single family residential projects, but this is his first multifamily project. He bought the property last July for just $115,000 and estimates the total investment will be $3.5 million.
Planning & Zoning Manager Andre Anderson said the proposed zoning allows up to 18 dwelling units per acre, but this project would be capped at 16.7 units per acre. In addition, the developer has agreed to an enhanced buffer between the Morningstar property and a neighboring church, which is located in a residential zone.
"We don't require buffering between residential projects," he told the Planning Commission. "He's going to include residential-to-commercial standard buffering."
Each 900-square-foot unit would have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The amenity package is still being finalized, but Anderson said the complex will be market rate.
"We're trying to hit a price range where it's still affordable," Quezada said.
Arfrant Construction will serve as general contractor. Quezada said he hopes to start construction in the fall.
Consultant Phillip Hollis helped develop the concept and is representing him through the entitlement process. He told planning commissioners the three-story buildings would have elevator access and spacious parking.
"We've not shown any compact (car) spaces in our plan," he said. "In our experience, seniors appreciate the good-old-fashioned 10-by-20 spaces."