Twin Lakes Village board discusses Mills senior apartment project

The Twin Lakes Village Board discussed the senior apartment building development being proposed by Mills Development at its Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night.

The state earlier had granted state senior housing tax credits needed in the developer’s opinion to make the project viable. As proposed, it will have commercial space in the lower level and senior apartments above. Selling the credits will help finance the building.

Following are updates posted as they happen:

  • Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald asked about reducing the impact of a wheelchair ramp.
  • S.R. Mills, representing the development company, said that it formerly ran about a third of the building. Now it’s recessed to have less visual impact. The ramp is needed because the building has been raised slightly so that entrances to the first floor commercial space will be a couple steps up. This increased ehight was due to a high water table at the site.
  • During discussion of handling trash, Mills said he does not expect a trash heavy business in the commercial spaces, such as a full service restaurant. More likely will be small service type businesses.
  • UPDATE 7:34 p.m. — Mills says the project will break ground in September or October and be under roof by the time of normal snowfall.
  • UPDATE 7:35 p.m. — Regarding neighborhood feedback, Mills said: “We’re real pleased with the feedback we’ve gotten so far.” No one from the neighborhood attended or spoke at Monday’s meeting.

The Plan Commission considered and approved the project at a meeting last week. As this was a committee of the whole meeting Monday night, there was only discussion among the Village Board. The board moved on to other topics about 7:37 p.m.

Additional highlights from memos obtained after the meeting:

Village planner Mark Smith, in a memo dated July 2, said his firm is recommending the village:

  • Allow for the possibility of a future extension of Burden Avenue between Main and Bassett streets.
  • Consideration be made regarding the impact of the higher height on the viability of the commercial spaces.

The board is expected to vote on the project at the July 16 meeting.

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