Council nods on housing at Ili≠
An apartment complex near a light-rail station breaks ground in April.
aurora» A site plan for a new apartment complex near a light-rail station off East Iliff Avenue and Interstate 225 was approved by the Aurora City Council late Monday despite concerns from area residents.
Ground will break in April on the 424-unit apartment complex in 18, threeto four-story buildings, said Michael Sheldon, a lawyer representing the developer.
The City Council passed the measure by a 7-4 vote after public comment from residents mainly from nearby Heather Gardens, an active adult senior living community of about 4,000 people.
More than 200 residents of Heather Gardens packed the council chambers, pleading their concerns about traffic, parking and the fact that there are no single-family homes in the development. The color of the buildings is also a concern.
Tom Parko of Heather Gardens said the project will have an “extremely negative impact” on all communities surrounding the residential development.
Councilman Charlie Richardson, who represents the council district where the new complex will be built, said he understands the issues from Heather Gardens. But while living nearby, they are in another council district and his constituents were OK with it, once a few changes were agreed upon, including a masonry wall to block out traffic noise.
Councilman Bob Roth, who represents Heather Gardens, voted against the project, saying his constituents were concerned about increased traffic and speeding on South Heather Gardens Way, which is used as a “natural cut-through” from Aurora to Greenwood Village.
Designers of the project said they held several neighborhood meetings and submitted plans that lowered the density from 493 units to 424, said Diana Rael of Norris Design.
“Four-hundred and ninety-three was not acceptable,” Rael said. “We heard that loud and clear.”
The apartment complex will be south of a parking garage for light-rail commuters at the Iliff Station. It is bordered by South Blackhawk and South Anaheim streets, and East Harvard and East Yale avenues. There will also be a vertical park and a clubhouse.