The project, to be located at the southwest corner of Ivy Avenue and Highway 33, will include 60 for-sale units accommodating up to 186 persons.
Approval of the project did not come without a few concerns vetted by residents of Mary Jane Avenue, whose properties will border the condominiums. One of those residents, Carla Nelson, went on record regarding the unfinished masonry wall that currently sits as a hazard.
“I’m actually afraid that one day we’ll be in the backyard and the wall is going to fall over,” said Nelson.
Project developer Mike Owens was on hand to dispel any negative implications associated with the condos and assured concerned neighbors that he would facilitate a neighborhood meeting before construction begins, which he anticipates will commence in late August or early September of 2014, pending the city council’s approval.
The redesigned community center portion of the project touts two tot-lots, a work-out room, outdoor seating areas, as well as a water splash play area, which replaces the pool in the original plans. Developer Mike Owens cited water conservation as the reason for the switch.
Commissioner Applegate asked Owens if numbers were available regarding the amount of water that will be conserved, and while Owens could not give an exact number, he assured commissioners that usage would be considerably less. Owens cited plans for the splash area to be passive and not full-time, engaging only when people are present.
Owens went on to add that the project will be a LEED facility, and that drought-tolerant, low-water usage plants will be utilized for the landscaping of the entire project.
Additionally, Commissioner Applegate raised concerns about soil investigations, stemming from neighbors’ concerns, and updating the plans to use current fire building codes instead of those originally approved with the 2005 La Paloma project.
City of Patterson Associate Planner Teresa Rodriguez assured Commissioner Applegate that the fire building codes applied would be current before Applegate motioned to approve the project that passed on a 5-0 vote.
Associate Planner Rodriguez said that the project may seek council approval as soon as the Aug. 14 meeting.
Pending council approval, project applicant Mike Owens foresees a 16-month building cycle, hoping to have folks ready to move in by January of 2016.
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