Sneak Peek at Proposed Old Cloverdale Apartments

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By Catalina Trivino

We have a sneak peek of 48 new apartments that could be coming to Montgomery's historic Old Cloverdale neighborhood. While some people are excited about them, others are concerned, including a business owner.

These plans we are about to show you have not yet been approved by the city. City Councilman Arch Lee, whose district includes Old Cloverdale, says the apartments could be too big for the property.

This piece of land on Boultier Street in Old Cloverdale is nearly empty, but it could soon look like this. Lowder Construction wants to build "48 Midtown" -- billed as the historic district's newest upcoming place to live.

Councilman, Arch Lee, believes an apartment complex would help the historic district thrive. But he's worried this design doesn't meet certain building requirements

"From the plans that are submitted and under SMART code, it is too big, too long, without changing and having a break in the building or multiple breaks in the building," Said Lee.

The apartment complex will be built on the corner of Boultier and Navarro Street. SMART Code has certain requirements for historic districts. The building can be no more than 95 feet long. The plans show it is more than 300 feet long.

Bill Flippo owns Sinclair's restaurant, which is across the street from where the apartments could be. He says they could affect parking, something he says he's already lacking.

"I think it's going to be a mess. The building appear to be too big, I mean they are going to be sitting right on the street I think its going to dwarf everything in this neighborhood that is one story," Said Flippo.

Todd Kirk lives in Cloverdale and says he has no problem with the plans, but he wishes there could be more public input.

"So if we can have some dialogue and we can have some talk... if you look at these plans from the boultier elevation, it's one long massive building. I would like to see separate buildings," Said Kirk.

Lowder construction says it's not ready to discuss the plans until after they've been approved.

Those plans will be taken to the city's Consolidated Review Committee to determine whether they abide by SMART code. That meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday.

If the apartments do not follow SMART Code, the construction company will have to go before the Board of Adjustments to get a variance.

That could mean a meeting for the public to give their input.