When a Kansas developer proposed to build a four-story apartment building containing 220 apartments in place of a 32-unit complex at Boyd and Classen, neighbors took notice. The high density, they argued, didn’t fit the neighborhood. Parking and traffic would be a nightmare, and the nearby Lincoln Elementary School could be overrun with students.
That developer, and others, didn’t go away. They are simply looking at other pieces of campus-vicinity property that would draw fewer objections from neighbors.
In light of that request and a planned one on Asp Avenue, the city is asking community residents for their comments on high-density and infill housing options. A series of meetings is scheduled, with the first one 6:30 p.m. Monday at the City Council Chambers, 201 W. Gray St.
How tall should an apartment or condominium owner be allowed to build? A multi-story building makes better use of space and clusters residents and businesses. Walking or cycling becomes more of an option if the structure is located near businesses or the university.
The issue becomes more important when a high-rise is planned next to an existing residential area. When infill housing becomes high-rise housing, neighboring property owners often show their collective concerns. Developers also want to have their say in planning such an investment. The series of meetings that begin Monday will give all parties an opportunity to express their concerns.