Southlake Journal

December 30, 2013

Grapevine City Council denies request for apartments in Historic Downtown Grapevine

Height was cited as a major factor for turning down the owners who wanted to add the lofts to their multiuse building.

A proposal for apartments in Historic Downtown Grapevine ran into a brick wall when the City Council unanimously voted Dec. 17 to nix the project.

Anthony Bologna and Nandu Madireddi of The Source had sought permission to build apartments in a section of their multiuse downtown building.

At a presentation before the City Council, Madireddi said he had received approval from the Grapevine Historic Preservation Commission.

The City Council asked few questions, with Mayor William D. Tate expressing concern about the proposed height of the building that would require parking on the lowest level and three floors of living space.

“The biggest issue is height,” Tate said.

After the Planning and Zoning Commission heard the presentation, members discussed the issue and returned and voted 7-0 to recommend denying the request by The Source for “a planned development overlay to allow a residential component in the Central Business District.” The City Council agreed.

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