After 3 Years, Luxury Apartment Proposal Could Materialize

There's light at the end of the tunnel for a landowner seeking to redevelop of a vacant contractor yard.

It’s been nearly three years in the making, but a developer is inching closer to constructing a 144-unit upscale apartment and condominium complex at Barker Road and Greenfield Avenue.

The project, titled Sutter Creek, would be built atop a 27-acre contractor yard. The land owners, Richard Walters and Kevin Thompson of BRP Holdings, LLC., initially proposed a 186-unit development in March 2010. They have since trimmed the size of the development, and the project will head to a public hearing in March.

Over 100,000 cubic yards of fill would be shipped to the site to reclaim the quarry at the contractor yard, and the project would be constructed in three phases. Plans call for 12 condominium units, and 132 apartments. Leases for one to two bedroom units would range from $1,140 a month to $1,771 a month. One-bedroom apartments are roughly 840 square feet, and two-bedroom units would be about 1,352 square feet.

Developers say the project will add roughly $20 million in property value to the city once all three phases are complete.

In addition to residential spaces, the project would also include a Sutter Creek Commons, which would serve as the central gathering place for residents. The commons would include a fireplace lounge, fitness center, swimming pool, aquatic gardens, and a conference area.

According to city documents, the target market for the development is empty nesters and young professionals between the ages of 35 and 65.

The Plan Commission overall felt the project was a good addition to that particular parcel in the city. However, plans only include one access point. Fire Chief Charlie Meyers would like access for emergency personnel off Greenfield Avenue. However, Thompson told commissioners he wasn’t sure if he would be able to secure secondary access for the project.

If all moves according to plan, the apartment development could receive final approval in April, and shovels could hit dirt in May.  


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