St. Peters has given the okay to a planned unit development [PUD] agreement that will allow the construction of 180-unit apartment complex along Highway 364.
The city’s board of aldermen voted 6-0 at their Oct. 13 meeting to approve a bill containing the PUD agreement with Kaplan Development and Investment Co. and ZM Management, LLC for development of what will be known as the Meadowridge Apartments.
The development is on 9.34 acres on the south side of Highwy 364, east of Robertridge Drive. Cliff Heitmann, president of Bax Engineering, representing the developers, told the board that the development will include 15 buildings of up to three stories with one- to two-bedroom apartments plus a club house and a pool.
Heitmann said the property was envisioned for multi-family housing back in 2006 but it set vacant due to the recession and economic downturn.
An apartment site plan was recommended by city staff and the city’s planning and zoning commission. The commission’s recommendation at its Oct. 5 meeting came after Heitmann said changes were made in the layout of the development in response to residents living south of it.
The club house and a detention basin were moved, pushing some buildings away from the existing residences and changes were made to a six-foot fence, he said.
The PUD agreement with the city sets forth conditions for the development, including a maximum of 180 units, with no more than 12 per building, no unit will have more than two bedrooms and a landscaping plan will be in place that is city compliant.
Alderman Patrick Barclay [Ward 4], who serves as the board’s liaison to the planning and zoning commission, thanked Heitmann and the developers for changes in response to residents’ concerns, particularly moving buildings back.