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Buckeye Planning and Zoning to review 216-unit apartment complex

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BUCKEYE — If the main item on the Buckeye Planning and Zoning Commission’s agenda is approved at Tuesday night’s meeting, the city will be getting 216 more downtown residential units.

Approval of the Roers Buckeye Downtown Site Plan is the item, and the apartment complex would change the area around the southwest corner of First Street, marked as Miller Road, and Monroe Avenue, or MC 85.

Tuesday night’s meeting, to be held in the Buckeye City Council chambers, is set for 6 p.m.
The development would be infill behind the U.S. Post Office, with a built-out single-family subdivision behind the 12.3-acre site.

The developers, James Riley and Roers Cos., will seek a downtown commercial zoning recommendation from the commission at its Oct. 26 meeting. If approved then, the recommendation would go to the Buckeye City Council in early November.

An application to subdivide the property and dedicate right-of-way are currently in review, according to a staff report, and are scheduled to go before the City Council on Oct. 19.

The site review hearing will not only cover a long list of city-imposed requirements, but also aesthetics, such as the color of the bricks the developer plans to use. There also will be discussion of aspects such as traffic flow, as one random example is residents only being able to turn right onto Monroe Avenue when exiting the complex.

The developer also will need to build paved right-turn pockets to enter the complex.

The other main item on the published agenda — a plat approval for a 610-unit development called Legacy Trails — has staff reports included, but also a staff recommendation for continuing the item to a to-be-determined date.

The planned was on the commission’s Sept. 28 agenda, but was postponed until the commission’s Oct. 12 meeting, at the applicant’s request, with no further explanation provided.

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