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The apartment complex that wasn’t

Submitted by on 1, August 6, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

A plan to allow Warmington Homes to move five homes for low- and very-low income residents out of its planned Grand Marina project in exchange for building at least nine units of rental housing on the old Island High site is DOA.

Early this morning, the City Council and its doppelganger Community Improvement Commission went beyond what even some of the neighbors who opposed the plan asked of them, approving an agreement that requires those homes to stay on the Grand Marina site They had been considering an agreement to let the developer build the housing at the former Island High site or another offsite location.

Council members questioned what kind of precedent would be set if they allowed the low-income housing to be moved offsite. And they expressed varying degrees of anger with Warmington for telling neighbors as many as 36 rental units could be built on the site at a presentation a few weeks ago.

Scores of neighbors turned out to voice their opposition to the proposal, particularly what they believed was a hard-and-fast plan to put a 36-unit apartment complex on the old Island High site. A handful said they would support a smaller project on the site. School board president Bill Schaff asked the council to okay the agreement as written, to keep the option to have Warmington develop the site open.

The district has been working with the city to develop housing for teachers and district employees on the site.

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