Student housing project given conditional use permit, as long as changes made to plan

The Logan Planning Commission narrowly approved a conditional use permit for a 108-unit housing development on 1000 North near 650 East, but not without a significant change to the building’s plan. Should the developer wish to continue with the project, called the “Independence Student Living,” he would need to redesign the project, lowering the height of the west wall to match the height of neighboring buildings. From the west wall, the project would need to gain height gradually until it met its maximum height of 68 feet. The permit was approved in a 3-2 vote Thursday night. The permit was approved with a few smaller conditions, such as attaching three parking stalls to the title of each housing unit and adding a tire shredder to the underground parking structure’s one-way entrance from 600 East. The permit decision was continued from the commission’s December 8 meeting. The project has received opposition from neighboring residents concerned about the building’s height and location. Developer John Brandley spoke Thursday before the commission had reached any decisions. He believes the project design already meets code. He said the commission’s purpose is to make sure developments meet the city’s codes, and requiring more changes to this project’s plan would go above bringing the building to code and instead could be seen as an attempt to redesign the project. The projects’ developers had already redesigned the project seven times at “great expense,” Brandley said, and they were “not willing to make any more concessions or changes to the plan.” However, should developers wish to continue the project, the next step is applying for a building permit. –

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