Residents oppose new student apartments near LSU
Athens, Ga.-based Landmark Properties—which a month ago submitted plans for a 274-unit apartment complex on a 4.5-acre block bordered by West Chimes, Alaska, Aster and Iowa streets near LSU—will face opposition from nearby residents tonight when its application comes before the Planning Commission.
In a six-page letter sent to Planning Commission members on Thursday, an area couple expresses concerns about the short-term and long-term impacts the construction of the five-story apartment building and six-story parking garage—known as The Standard—will have on their property and home, which is located on the corner of Aster and Iowa streets.
The couple's letter includes questions and concerns about such things as the side setback requirements for the property; the protection of a 30-year-old pecan tree; the mitigated fill requirement for construction on a floodplain; stormwater drainage; the impact of pile driving and the parking garage's vibration on the pier foundation of the couple's home; noise level; air pollution from the parking garage; and increased traffic.
Objections of the sort are likely to mount, especially if plans for additional campus housing developments continue to pop up, as real estate agent Wesley Moore expects.
"Enrollment is at its all-time high at LSU and I don't see it trending downwards," Moore told Daily Report after The Standard's plans were submitted, "so that supports adding additional beds and units. I consider multifamily in general to be successful, and I expect demand to continually increase."
Plans for at least one other apartment complex in the LSU area before the Planning Commission tonight are unopposed, however. The second phase of 333 Lofts North on East Boyd outside of South Gates will include a 12,728 square foot, three-story complex with three one-bedroom, 15 two-bedroom, 15 three-bedroom and three four-bedroom condos. Plans for 333 Lofts are on the consent portion of the agenda for tonight's meeting, says Planning Project Coordinator Ryan Holcomb, adding the Planning Commission had not received any written objection to the project as of this afternoon.
Plans for The Standard call for a total of 750,685 square feet of development, including 36 one-bedroom apartments, 81 two-bedroom units, 33 three-bedrooms, 80 four-bedrooms and 44 five-bedrooms—along with a 1,000-square-foot leasing office, and ground and rooftop pools.
The Planning Commission meets at 5 p.m. tonight on the third floor of City Hall, 222 St. Louis St. See the full agenda.
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