Student Housing: Student housing given green light

Student Housing: Student housing given green light

by BRITTANY DUPREE for City North Messenger

PROSPECT’S first student housing complex will be built on Churchill Rd, after the project was given the green light last week.

Prospect Council’s Development Assessment Panel approved the three-storey apartment building, which will house up to 82 students.

The complex will contain 41 two-bedroom apartments, each measuring between 59 sq m and 69 sq m, some with balconies or private courtyards.

Pym Properties director Nicole Footer said she was pleased to be able to move forward with the project, which was expected to be completed in the second half of 2012.

Ms Footer said the site was chosen because it had good access to public transport and was a “vibrant and caring” multicultural area.

“The site lends itself to that purpose with excellent transport links on the train and bus into the city and out north, in addition to close proximity to Regency Park-based institutions,” Ms Footer said.

The council’s DAP put a number of conditions on the approval, including only full-time students being allowed to live there.

Seven residents had lodged submissions against the proposal with Prospect Council, highlighting concerns with increased noise and traffic congestion.

Danni and Alex Kmet said they would not move into their property located next to the development as planned.

They had owned the property for 40 years and had used it for their business, but were planning to live there this year.

“We have spent $50,000 developing but will now sell it or develop it,” Ms Kmet said.

Since it is the first development of its kind in the Prospect district, the council does not have minimum requirements for apartment size.

However, the council is considering introducing minimum sizes in the future.

[city-north-messenger.whereilive.com]

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