Proposed Pelham apartment complex moves one step closer to approval

The Pelham Planning Commission approved a rezoning request to allow a proposed apartment and retail development on Huntley Parkway. The decision now goes to the City Council. (Contributed)

The Pelham Planning Commission approved a rezoning request to allow a proposed apartment and retail development on Huntley Parkway. The decision now goes to the City Council. (Contributed)

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The Pelham City Council is set to vote on a rezoning request to allow a new 228-unit luxury apartment complex and retail development on Huntley Parkway during its Sept. 9 meeting after the city’s Planning Commission gave the rezoning its seal of approval on Aug. 8.

During its Aug. 8 meeting, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to rezone 14.83 acres off Huntley Parkway to Planned Multiple Family District, and to rezone 4.64 acres to Planned Commercial District.

The plots currently are zoned Planned Single Family District and Planned Attached Family District.

If the rezoning is approved by the City Council, developers will move forward with constructing the Grand Reserve Apartment Complex and a retail complex across Huntley Parkway from the Huntley Apartments.

The proposed complex would include 72 one-bedroom units, 108 two-bedroom units and 48 three-bedroom units. It would also include abundant green space, a large pool and a clubhouse, developer Steve Corbett said previously.

The Planning Commission originally was scheduled to vote on the rezoning during a July 11 meeting, but tabled the matter until Aug. 8 to give commission members more time to review the development plans.

“They were really very professional in submitting all of the information we needed,” said Planning Commission Chairwoman Mildred Lanier. “We felt very confident with what we approved tonight.”

If the rezoning is approved by the City Council, the Zoning Board of Adjustments would still have to approve a variance to set housing density for the property, Lanier said.