2 housing projects get planners' nod

273 units approved near downtown

Staff WriterFebruary 15, 2006 

Nearly 300 apartments and condominiums could soon be built near downtown Raleigh.

The city's Planning Commission endorsed two plans Tuesday for residential buildings. The City Council, which must make the final decision, will consider the plans Tuesday.

Charlotte-based development firm Crosland wants to put 179 condominiums and apartments on Tucker Street between St. Mary's Street and Boylan Avenue in Glenwood South. Plans call for a building that would stand as tall as five stories. There would be a parking garage and front stoops that lead into ground-floor units.

City planners raised concerns about the project and encouraged Crosland to include retail space on the first floor.

But David Ravin, a vice president, said that the slope of the land would make it difficult for a shop or restaurant to be successful. A majority of the commission agreed that the lack of retail wasn't a problem. It voted 8-2 to recommend that the council approve the project. If final approval comes swiftly, the building could be complete by fall 2007.

Commission members also voted 9-1 to endorse Bloomsbury Estates. Developer John Bruckel is proposing a project with two seven-story buildings with parking and 94 condominiums at Boylan Avenue and West Hargett Street.

Construction could start as soon as May and take about a year to complete, pending final approvals.

Staff writer Sarah Lindenfeld Hall can be reached at 829-8983 or slindenf@newsobserver.com.

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