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Plans for a 310-unit apartment complex in Washington took a major step forward on Monday as Washington City Council unanimously approved the preliminary development platform, known as Terrace in Washington.
The developer behind the 23-acre project is Monty Taha, who is the developer behind the Legends Terrace Apartments in Eureka.
With the approval of the preliminary platform, the council approved the lot layout for the 15 apartment buildings and planned streets, which include an extension of Don Avenue and the construction of a new road, KJ Unnerstall Drive.
A final dish will be presented to the city later, according to Washington’s director of community and economic development Sal Maniaci. Maniaci said he expects the developer to end up sharing renderings of what the apartments will look like with the city as well, although they are not required to share renderings by city code.
Such renderings are only required in certain areas, such as downtown Washington.
The Terrace in Washington, which will be located south of Highway 100 near Pottery Road and High Street, will include walking trails, a clubhouse, pool and other features, according to city officials.
Before the vote, there was a discussion between council members and Maniaci.
Ward 1 Councilor Steve Sullentrup asked if neighbors have expressed any concerns. Maniaci said the city received a lot of feedback when council initially zoned the property, but many of those concerns were addressed by adding duplexes at the south end of the development. The duplexes, Maniaci said, will act as a buffer between the parking lot and the road and homes on Spring Valley Drive.
Duplexes are currently not included in the 310 apartments offered.
Ward 3 Councilor Greg Skornia asked if fire trucks would be able to navigate the bends of the proposed apartment complex. Maniaci said the developer would have to prove to the city that fire trucks can go around before building roads.
Skornia, who represents the neighborhood where these houses would be built, feels a bit torn by the project.
“For 20 years, I have wanted more affordable housing and smaller lots,” he said. “And now it’s here, and I’m not happy with the density, but it’s what it is.”
Maniaci said The Missourian that the buildings are being constructed in two phases, but it is not yet clear when construction will begin. It is also not known what the square footage of each of the apartments will be.
Maniaci hopes this development will fill a gap in Washington’s housing market. He said the city has long had a shortage of options for young renters who aren’t ready to buy a home. He hopes it provides those options.
In June, preliminary population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau showed a 2% increase in Washington’s population since 2010, while Union grew 16.5% and Pacific grew 3% over the same period. . Maniaci is hoping projects like this can help increase Washington’s numbers.