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Cary affordable senior housing project moves to Village Board

After negative zoning recommendation, project requires supermajority

CARY – The Village Board will decide whether to move forward with an affordable senior housing project near the Route 14 Jewel-Osco in January, but it would need to vote over the negative recommendation of the zoning board to advance the project in its current form.

A 68-unit apartment building is being proposed for a 3.91-acre site at the southwest corner of Three Oaks Road and Feinberg Drive. The Committee of the Whole moved the project forward in a 4-3 vote after a conceptual review in October.

On Dec. 10, the Board of Zoning, Planning and Appeals heard a presentation from David Burg of the developer, PIRHL, which was seeking an amendment to the land's B-P Business Park District zoning and three variances.

The board voted, 4-2m in favor of the amendment and a setback variation, but voted, 4-2m to reject variations for density and an increase in the number of units on the ground floor.

While the zoning board voted on each amendment individually, the Village Board will vote on the project as one item at the Jan. 19 board meeting, Village Administrator Chris Clark said. The motion will require a supermajority of trustees to pass.

Concerns raised by trustees at the October meeting included the need to modify the zoning of the land, the fact the proposed commitment only was 30 years and the income restrictions would exclude a number of seniors.

Concerns from the zoning board included the height of the building, which some board members said would be visible far down the Route 14 corridor, and the fact this land was intended for commercial use in the village's comprehensive plan.

PIRHL has chosen to complete the process with the current proposal despite the negative recommendation, although there could be back and forth between the developer and trustees about potential changes to the plan, Clark said.

"It may be possible for the developer to make some amendments to that from a unit count standpoint," Clark said. "However, the comprehensive plan is what it is. It’s a senior use, not a business park. That’s a substantive issue for the the zoning board."

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