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Tiburon Apartments One Step Away from Final Approval

If the City Council approves plans for The Tiburon, the apartment complex will be constructed on Olson Memorial Highway.

There was some confusion among Planning Commission members during their Nov. 26 meeting this week.

Will The Tiburon apartment complex be built if the city doesn't create the public infrastructure necessary to sustain it? Commissioners weren't sure of the answer.

In October, when City Councilmembers approved preliminary plans for The Tiburon, the council liked the idea of new development, but knew the proposed location on Olson Memorial Highway would need some public improvement, like sidewalks and improved street lighting.

Councilmembers asked the Housing and Development Authority to explore the idea of designating the area near Tiburon as a Tax Increment Financing district, or a TIF district. But on Monday night, when the Planning Commission was asked to recommend approval of final planned unit development plans for the apartment buildings, some commissioners weren't sure if they should approve plans without knowing if the area would become a TIF district.

Planning Commission Chair Cathy Waldhauser was able to redirect the group, noting that the approval of the TIF district would come from City Council. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the TIF district resolution earlier in the evening.

Steve Dunbar of Dunbar Development Corporation addressed concerns that commissioners had last September. In new plans, Dunbar showed outdoor bike racks, more green space, fewer parking spots and more landscaping.

If built, the 142-unit complex would be located on Highway 55 and Golden Valley Road.

"The recommendations we made [in September] were to make a good project even better," Commissioner Mike Kisch said. "I appreciate the efforts made by the applicant."

With a unanimous reccomendation for approval, the City Council will review final plans at their meeting on Dec. 18.

Jan Frisch November 28, 2012 at 02:31 PM
What steps will be taken to address the increased traffic on an already congested intersection at Winnetka and Golden Valley Road? Especially in the rush hours, when traffic does not clear the lights?
Valerie Engler November 28, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Jan, good comment. I know that the City's Public Works staff is in the process of conducting a traffic study. Those are questions that are being considered for sure and we'll report on the traffic conclusions when the study is closer to completion.
Carrie O November 28, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Is this unit going to be built near the Wendy's on Golden Valley Road?
Valerie Engler November 28, 2012 at 03:15 PM
The exact address is 9130 and 9220 Olson Memorial Highway. We included a map of the where the construction would be in this article: http://goldenvalley.patch.com/articles/plans-approved-for-new-golden-valley-apartment-building
Valerie Engler November 28, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Also, Jan, wanted to add that if the City decides to designate the area as a TIF district, public improvements to the roadways would probably be made...which may impact traffic flow. Council will review TIF information on Dec. 18, I believe.
Carrie O November 28, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Interesting. It's across the street from my apartment/townhome complex. It might cut down on the highway noise; but will have more loud (stereos cranked) vehicles coming & going at all hours of the night/day. No wonder they upgraded this section of Golden Valley Rd with new curb/gutters & blacktop. Is the city planning on changing the way Golden Valley Rd junctions Olson Memorial Hwy?
Valerie Engler November 28, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Carrie, as I understand it, public improvements will be dependent on whether or not the City creates this TIF district: http://goldenvalley.patch.com/articles/public-improvements-redevelopment-could-come-to-golden-valley

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