ARLINGTON — A developer has resubmitted plans for a scaled-back student housing apartment complex downtown after the Arlington City Council rejected its first proposal for having too many units.The new proposal calls for 169 units that would serve nearly 100 fewer students. The original proposal called for a mix of 231 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units that would have served 692 students.Arlington city staff are currently reviewing Greystar Student Living’s revised plans for the four-story Arlington Lofts at 815 W. Abram Street, which the developer has said will be marketed to students at the University of Texas at Arlington. The Arlington City Council voted 6-3 on Aug. 20 to deny Greystar’s original proposal. Greystar operates 14 student housing communities at about a dozen universities nationwide. The fully furnished units would have had full kitchens and bathrooms for each bedroom and amenities that college students have told the developer they want, including a resort-style pool, fitness center, cyber cafe and a courtyard with quiet areas for study, Lance Hanna, Greystar’s managing director of development for student living, has said.The development, if approved, would replace the two-story, 120-unit Catalina Apartments, built in 1969. The complex would include a parking garage with 475 parking spaces, according to city documents.The project is tentatively scheduled to go before the Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission on Oct. 16 and then to Arlington City Council on Nov. 5.At the Aug. 20 meeting, Mayor Robert Cluck and council members Lana Wolff and Michael Glaspie voted in favor of the project. Capehart and council members Charlie Parker, Robert Rivera, Kathryn Wilemon, Robert Shepard and Jimmy Bennett voted in opposition.At the Aug. 27 meeting, Bennett had asked the council to reconsider the project to give the developer more time to come back and provide additional facts. However, a majority of council members voted against reopening the public hearing. This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
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