(Posted Dec. 28, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
A new apartment complex is in the works for London.
Developer Mark Seimer looks to bring Keny Station Apartments to Keny Boulevard on land located between the Madison County Chamber of Commerce office and The Tire Shop & Lube.
The plan is for 55 apartments renting for $1,200 per month. A pool and clubhouse are part of the layout. The complex will not include Section 8 or subsidized housing, according to Rich Hays, London city council member.
Seimer’s original plan called for 61 apartments and two entrances to the complex, but London’s planning commission requested a reduction to 55 apartments and one entrance. One of the entrances in the original plan sat across from an entrance to the London Condominiums. That entrance has been eliminated from the plan due to concerns about traffic trouble.
Seimer is seeking a zoning change for the land from residential to planned unit development (PUD). The city’s planning commission has approved the change. The request now goes to city council.
Council plans to hold the first reading on the legislation at their Jan. 5 meeting. Second and third readings are slated for council’s Jan. 19 and Feb. 5 meetings. A public hearing will take place at the Feb. 5 meeting prior to council’s vote.
Pulte Group project
In other housing news, Mayor Patrick Closser reported that Pulte Group is still interested in building a housing development in London. The company applied for a conditional use permit in May, asking that land known as the Heath property be rezoned to PUD.
Pulte wants to build 236 single-family homes on 73 acres located east of Richmond Avenue, between Lafayette Street and East High Street.
Pulte has worked through issues with the Environmental Protection Agency. The company plans to reduce its number of homes from 236 to 235 to work around wetlands on the property.
Closser met with a Pulte representative on Dec. 14. The representative said Pulte plans to come back to the city with small changes to its PUD zoning request, including the reduction in number of homes. Closser also said the developer hopes to finalize the contract with the landowner soon.
“They are still very much interested in this project and working toward this project,” the mayor said.
A London resident commented at a recent council meeting that she believes the city’s infrastructure issues are the reason for the holdup on the project, not environmental issues.
About that, Closser said, “Pulte is a gigantic company. They are not going to come in and build if they don’t think the infrastructure can handle it.”
The housing complex is planned for an area that already has houses and businesses surrounding it, he said.