La Plata seeks to build 128 apartments near Cordera

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La Plata Communities is proposing an eight building, 128-unit apartment development on 12 acres adjacent to its upscale Cordera neighborhood, where home prices range from $300,000 to $800,000.

La Plata sent an e-mail to Cordera residents inviting them to attend an information meeting last night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cordera Community Center, 11894 Grand Lawn to discuss the project.

The Briargate master plan, which includes Cordera,  calls for multi-family development where the apartments are proposed across Grand Cordera Parkway from the single-family development.

However, a zoning change from agriculture to planned unit development would be required before the project can move forward.

“In this particular case, since there is nothing there now and it’s a larger project, I recommended a neighborhood meeting,” said city planner Meggan Herington. “And since it’s in Cordera, sometimes there can be neighborhood opposition.”

If approved, the apartments would be located south of Briargate Parkway, west of Grand Cordera Parkway, and east of Powers Boulevard.

It would include one-, two- and three-bedroom units some with garages, Harrington said. The zoning change would allow 10.6 dwelling units per acre.

Pedcore Investments, an Indiana company, is the developer for the project, though La Plata owns the land, Harrington said.

The project is likely to go before the City Planning Commission in April and City Council in May, Harrington said.

Even though representatives from the city, the developer and La Plata Communities will be at tonight’s  meeting to answer questions, La Plata CEO Doug Quimby said he was not interested in discussing the details of the project.

Other Cordera plans

A 7-acre lot adjacent to the proposed apartment block is also in planning stages for the 153,00-square foot Summit Senior Living, which will include 80 independent living suits, 52 assisted living and 17 memory care units.

The land was zoned for that use in 2007 when Boneventure Senior Housing purchased the property from La Plata, Harrington said. The planning review will likely be approved by the end of February because there no zone change is required.

That project is expected to break ground this summer.