The Lafayette Metropolis Council will decide Monday no matter if to demolish a downtown apartment and retail developing to make way for a new four-story household job that involves inexpensive housing.

Developer Madison Park needs to construct a 71-device, two-setting up job at 3483 and 3491 Golden Gate Way, just south of the Lafayette Library. The building’s peak would lengthen to more than 53 ft and incorporate an underground parking garage, 65 apartments and six townhomes.

It would also require the removal of 48 trees on the site’s 1.47 acres.


The city’s Design and style Review Fee and Arranging Fee have already signed off on the job, which has been in the is effective for far more than two years. Manufactured in 1962, the present building is two tales and conforms to the city’s 35-ft downtown restrict, comprising 27,040 square feet of household and retail house.

There is been substantial pushback from the local community more than the project’s peak, the trees staying removed and its opportunity result on targeted traffic and parking, in particular due to the fact it is really throughout the street from the library.

“There are so quite a few points improper with it, I rarely know where to start off,” wrote resident Ty Allison, in a May perhaps 13 letter to the Design and style Evaluate board. “This would produce a monstrosity in the center of Lafayette and adjoining a household community as nicely as getting in bloated distinction to the library complicated.”

Gary Fulcher, who life throughout the creek, south of the sophisticated, wrote the Setting up Commission previous October he’s owned his household for 35 decades and will reduce a degree of privacy.

“Two a long time ago, the developer advised me that they required to make a three-tale creating, they wouldn’t minimize any of the redwoods, and that no one would be capable to glance into my property,” Fulcher wrote. “Now they say they want 4 stories, and they want to minimize down the trees. They lied to me.”

The strategy has undergone revisions at the city’s ask for, which includes more charging stations for electric powered cars, an enhance from 50 bicycle parking areas to 70 and the addition of a photo voltaic h2o-heating component. Madison Park has agreed to minimize the size of fourth flooring windows, add exterior shutters and inside shades to home windows on the third and fourth flooring facing southeast.

The staff report for Monday’s conference also addresses tree removal, indicating trees have been evaluated in an arborist’s report, determining “some of the trees to be removed are in poor health and fitness and others are not in inadequate wellbeing, but are found within just the space of progress. The nutritious trees outdoors of the design space are proposed to be retained.”

Madison Park will plant new trees at the web page. The report claims the trees in the parking whole lot — which include things like redwoods — will be lower down to make way for construction. “The trees together the southern residence line are staying preserved to the extent feasible.”

The City Council meets just about at 6 p.m. Monday. The meeting can be accessed on the city’s YouTube channel (http://little bit.ly/LoveLafayetteYouTube). The agenda and recommendations on joining the meeting by means of Zoom can be uncovered at https://bit.ly/3aFBCz8.

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