The Huntsville Planning and Zoning Commission approved a preliminary plat on Monday of The Grove — a new apartment complex to be located off Sycamore Avenue.

Representatives from Campus Crest Properties of North Carolina, who will develop the area, made a presentation on the proposed student apartments positioned close to Sam Houston State University.

The preliminary plat, creating two lots, is the beginning of the project that will replace the current Brookwood Villa Manufactured Home Park.

According to Campus Crest representatives, construction is projected to begin late summer or early fall.

The projected opening date is July 2009.

Commission members had concerns on the traffic impacts the new complex would bring to Sycamore Avenue.

“The developers have met and consulted with public works director, Steve Stacy, about the projected traffic impacts and (Sycamore Avenue and Sam Houston Avenue) are supposedly built to handle this sort of thing,” said Stan Hamrick, city planner.

The area will increase to more than 100 multi-family units at The Grove from about 60 single-family units at the current Brookwood Villa.

Several Huntsville residents currently living at Brookwood Villa attended the meeting, stating concerns and requesting information about the process.

The complex will offer students fully furnished amenities as well as an active lifestyle plan.

Representatives told the commission that the complex takes an active interest in its renters, offering the usual pool, fitness center and courtyard set up as well as guidance on cooking, using credit cards and balancing checkbooks.

Campus Crest representatives said further detailed site plans would be generated in the next few weeks.

Campus Crest has several other property locations across the United States, including Stephen F. Austin University in Nachodoches, Georgia, North Carolina and New Mexico.

During the meeting, the commission also:

• Approved the final plat of Lot 28 Sunset Lake Club located along Sunset Lake Road in the extra-territorial jurisdiction of Huntsville for the purpose of consolidating two tracts into one contiguous lot,

• Approved the final plat of Evans Property Subdivision located along state highway 75 North near the FM 1696 intersection in the extra-territorial jurisdiction of Hunstville for the purpose of creating three rural lots,

• Approved amending plat of Lot 1, Block 47 Water’s Edge at the Eighteenth, Elkins Lake Subdivision located on At The 18th in the City Limits of Huntsville for the purpose of consolidating the lot and a portion of the green belt into one contiguous lot,

• Approved the Feb. 18 meeting minutes,

• Heard chairman comments on the Huntsville Development Code.

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