Public hearing on proposed 4-story apartment complex near UTA postponed

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A scheduled public hearing on a developer’s request to build a four-story student housing apartment complex near the University of Texas of Arlington was postponed Wednesday.

Officials of Greystar Student Living are now scheduled to appear Aug. 7 before the Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission.

The proposed 229-unit Arlington Lofts projects, if approved by the city, would replace the two-story, 120-unit Catalina Apartments at 815 W. Abram St., just west of Cooper Street.

Lance Hanna, Greystar’s managing director of development for student living, asked the commission to delay Wednesday’s public hearing to give the company time to incorporate the city staff’s suggestions into its application. The city has asked the developer to improve the planned architectural treatment of its seven-story parking garage and its main drive and entrance off Abram Street as well as to address traffic and pedestrian circulation concerns around the development.

Three residents spoke at the meeting about their concerns with the Arlington Lofts.

UTA’s enrollment has grown an average 3 to 4 percent during the past 10 years and is expected to continue at a similar rate, university officials have said.

P.J. Lockwood, a longtime property owner with homes on West Second Street, said she is worried that the large apartment complex could eventually become low-income housing if the expected student demand doesn’t occur. Lockwood also said that increasing the residential density on Abram Street would “put more stress on the infrastructure,” adding that she is already affected by low water pressure.

Jerry Pikulinski, who has previously run for Arlington’s mayoral seat, urged the commission to help protect the quality of living for surrounding residents.

“We have been opposed to apartments for a very long period of time. My understanding is we have a great difficulty managing the apartments we have now,” Pikulinski said.

Kelly Canon, an architectural designer, said she would prefer that the developer “tone down the density” of the large complex and make it look more residential than commercial.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Susan Schrock, 817-390-7639 Twitter: @susanschrock

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