On Friday, March 18th the Flagstaff City Council received a letter from a representative of Core Campus outlining additional compromises to their development. These changes are in anticipation of next week’s upcoming second read on a proposed rezone for the Hub student housing project.
A petition by surrounding neighbors requires the second read on the rezone to pass with a super majority of at least six votes in support. The first read was approved by a 4-3 vote. If the rezone fails, the company will move ahead with plans to build their project under existing zoning.
The letter from Core Campus included photos of what the project will look like with and without the rezone. The letter and photos are below:
“Mayor and Council,
On behalf of Core Campus, I am writing to provide additional information before our second reading for the Hub on Tuesday the 22nd.
In order to re-affirm our commitment to the community we would like to offer one last compromise, which we believe is quite significant since the community continues to state that three (3) stories is in line with what they envision for this project. Core Campus is willing to drop the building height on all three (3) frontages to three (3) stories with the two additional stories stepping back behind. I have attached an exhibit to demonstrate the change. This change will not only reduce the perceived scale and mass of the building but it will also reduce our bed count from the proposed 667 beds to 635 beds. The parking will remain the same at 231 parking spots.
Before the last City Council meeting, Core Campus said that, if its current rezoning application is not approved, it will develop the project accordance with the existing entitlements. There have been many comments, questions and a newspaper article regarding the uncertainty about what that might look like.
Based on those comments and questions from Council as well as members of the community Core Campus made a site plan submittal with the planning staff using the existing entitlements on the site. We can now outline the alternatives with specificity. The elevations from the two projects are attached to the this e-mail.
“Option A” is a project that is developed in accordance with the rezoning that is pending before to the Council. Option A has commercial uses along Mikes Pike and residential along Phoenix. It has uniform building heights on all frontages and pedestrian access is close to the NAU campus. Option A also entails a contribution of $500,000 towards south side parking solutions.
“Option B” is development under the current zoning, under a site plan is currently under review by City staff. Because residential uses (unlike commercial uses) must be elevated above the floodplain, the Mikes Pike street frontage under Option B is a six-foot brick wall. Moreover, Option B involves uneven building heights and pedestrian access is furthest from campus. The building height along Mikes Pike is eight feet more under Option B—50 feet versus 42 feet under Option A, with the reduction to three (3) stories.
For many reasons, we believe that Option A consists of better planning and is better for the neighborhood and better for the City—that is why we have worked so hard towards this option. Other people may have different opinions. My current point is simply that Option B is an actual, non-hypothetical reality that is currently in review.
Of course, I want to continue dialogue with everyone from the City. If you have questions or comments before the hearing please feel free to contact me.
Thank you for your time and have a great rest of your day.
Lindsay C. Schube”
With and without rezoning:
Reduced height on street: