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Developer, Barton Hills begin talks on Terrace PUD
Monday, March 10, 2008 by Kimberly Reeves
Negotiations between the developers of the Terrace Planned United Development and the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association began in earnest Thursday night, with the neighborhood association’s leaders putting out a possible compromise that ended up on hold.
The neighborhood association also would like to have its name added to the parties able to enforce restrictive covenants on the property so it could have a greater say in future amendments to the Terrace PUD, which the city first approved in 1987.
The downside to the neighborhood compromise is that it would mean moving the parking garage to another portion of the current site, something that was part of the original plan,
The group did not coalesce around any particular argument. A dozen people or so expressed a viewpoint.
“Building III would be right there on that hill at the intersection of
“We gain two acres of impervious cover with our proposal,”
In a presentation to the neighborhood association,
Opinions at the meeting ranged from one neighbor who asked developers to find in their hearts to create “a feat of humanity to actually do the right thing” to a greater majority that appeared to favor further discussion on either the amendment or the alternative to the amendment being proposed for discussion.
It was the consensus of the group that the Terrace developers would benefit financially from the compromise. Removing Building VII would mean avoiding drilling a three-story underground parking garage,
For some members of the audience that was an issue; for others, it wasn’t a problem.
One homeowner said it was clear that Suttle and Arend would not have been back at the neighborhood association if they could get their building built any other way.
“Why don’t we call their bluff?” he asked the group.
That point was dismissed by a number of others in the group, who said it was clear Arend could make a deal work on the land, regardless of where a compromise might land. Office prices were simply too high in the Southwest corridor.
It might have made more sense – as one homeowner suggested — for Arend to add height to Building I and Building II at the Terrace, which are both close to MoPac. Those buildings, however, have been sold, although Arend still manages them. Arend’s company, W&G Partnership, also has sold land for the apartment complex that was approved with the Terrace PUD’s original site plan in 1987.
Lacking for time – the group could only stay at the elementary school until 9 p.m. – the group agreed to strip the compromise out of the proposed resolution. Now, instead of a compromise, the resolution authorizes a volunteer task force to explore further alternate solutions and present an alternate resolution to the membership at the next regularly scheduled general membership meeting on April 22.
Suttle said his client has only filed a PUD amendment request with the city. It has not been set for hearing before any city board or commission.
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