They came well-organized, well-researched and well-mannered and it paid off Thursday night for opponents of a controversial high-rise student apartment complex being proposed near 600 East and 1000 North in Logan. Members of the Logan Planning Commission agreed to table developer John Brandley’s design review permit until a number of issues have been worked out. Commissioner Konrad Lee said he agrees with one neighbor, Ted Nyman, that a traffic study needs to be completed first. He also cited other reasons for holding off on a decision for now. “I think Nancy Stewart’s reliance on section 17.11.02, indicating the preference in the code for the preservation of views hasn’t been adequately addressed,” Lee stated. “Section 17.12.010 provides that any development has to have positive visual qualities to promote the city’s traditional neighborhoods. “I think there’s a serious question about parking. We have 478 students to be housed in that facility and it is 100 parking spots short.” Approximately 150 people came out for the Thursday meeting, concerned about the proposed project on property recently zoned Campus Residential with what many claim was inadequate notice. After a two-hour public hearing where at least 20 neighbors spoke out against the project for safety and other reasons, the Commission tabled the vote until December after a traffic study is done. Some neighbors complained about inadequate parking but Brad Hirst, who represented the developers, had an explanation. “I think that as we have thought this through many rules can be put in place to facilitate that,” Hirst stated. “But I think what it boils down to is if it is less convenient to go get the car to drive across the street to a shop to get groceries than it is just to walk, then that will happen. We’re trying to provide grocery opportunities for them at that location.” He says the street-level retail space will include a small grocery store and small restaurant. The high-rise project would house a maximum of 478 students. The neighbors have complained that they were left in the dark until it was too late to try to stop the rezone but last night they did at least delay a decision on the design review permit. Ted Nyman said it would be wrong to build where an intersection already has major problems. “The city acknowledges that they’ve been trying to figure out a way to handle the traffic on this corner for years but it hasn’t been solved yet,” Nyman pointed out. “A four-way stop doesn’t handle it now, a round about is dangerous to motorists and provides for unsafe pedestrian crossing. “Maybe a stop light would help, but one thing is for certain and that’s adding a mega high rise of this nature right on the corner is certainly not going to help.” The planning board decided to put the issue on hold until the December 8 meeting and by that time the traffic study will be completed.
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