Housing options continue to grow in Arlington.
On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved two new projects — a 188-unit apartment complex off U.S. 287 and a gated subdivision geared toward seniors near Veterans Park.
The Arlington Riverside Apartments, given preliminary approval by the council Dec. 2, are planned for a nearly 14-acre undeveloped site at 6500 U.S. 287 near Walsh Drive and Joplin Road in southwest Arlington.
District 2 Councilwoman Sheri Capehart said the zoning already in place on that property would have allowed for an apartment complex with a much higher density than the developer proposed.
“It was like, ‘How quickly can I say yes to this?’” Capehart said. “They didn’t have to come to council. They could have pulled a permit and built 22 units per acre.”
Capehart said she supported the proposed complex not only because it will be family owned and operated, but also because she was impressed by the quality and level of maintenance of other multifamily projects managed by the family.
Arlington Riverside will feature a mix of units ranging from 659-square-foot efficiencies to 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom apartments in buildings that will be two- to three-stories tall, according to a city staff report. Amenities include a clubhouse and about 6 acres of open space with an outdoor pool, walking trail, playground and gazebo area.
The project is located near two other larger apartment complexes — the Falcon Lakes Apartments and the Addison Parks Apartments — as well as a single-family residential neighborhood planned to the south.
“The epicenter of housing development right now is southwest Arlington,” Capehart said.
In west Arlington, the council gave initial approval to a development plan for a 35-home subdivision called Knott’s Landing at Little Road. The subdivision, at 2615 Little Road near Arkansas Lane, will feature small lawns and several amenities, including wide sidewalks with decorative lighting, a stone gazebo, a horseshoe pit and bocce ball court, designed to appeal to seniors, said Jim Parajon, director of community development and planning.
“As our senior population continues to grow, additional housing types such as high-quality, high-amenity projects like Knott’s Landing will continue to be proposed,” Parajon said.
The 6.6-acre site currently has two single-family homes and the zoning in place requires larger lot sizes than requested by the developer. Most of the homes will be at least 2,500 square feet and will sell from $300,000 to $450,000, said Charles Clawson, a representative for the developer.
A second council vote is scheduled for January. If approved, construction could begin next summer.
Arlington resident Richard Weber was the only speaker at Tuesday night’s public hearing, saying he opposed the planned development because it called for smaller lots than the current zoning allows.
A handful of residents wrote letters of opposition to the city earlier this year, saying they were concerned the planned subdivision would add traffic to Rushmoor Drive. As a solution, the main entrance to Knott’s Landing will be a gated entrance off Little Road, and the second gated entrance on Rushmoor Drive will be for emergency access only.
The subdivision’s fencing and landscaping would be maintained by a community homeowners association. The developer also plans to create a sidewalk connection to the existing sidewalks on Rushmoor, which will help residents connect to nearby Veterans Park.
Susan Schrock, 817-390-7639