South Augusta apartment complex still planned

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Plans for a south Augusta apartment complex are still on the table, though a construction date has yet to be nailed down.

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Site plans for Augusta Place Apartments that were submitted to the city in March would put a 252-unit apartment complex on 25 acres at 3731 Peach Orchard Road, near Tobacco Road.

“We’re still going forward with things,” said developer John Robison, the chief operating officer for Management Resources Development. “It just isn’t moving along as fast as we would like.”

Several city departments, including engineering, trees and landscaping, utilities and traffic, have rejected the plan for not meeting city codes or standards, said Augusta’s planning and development administrative manager Lois Schmidt, who added that it’s normal for proposed projects to need revisions in the beginning phases.

MRD Apartments, based out of East Lansing, Mich., has built multifamily, military and affordable housing developments across nine states, mostly in the South and Midwest.

Robison said the apartments’ rent will be set at market rates and Section 8 vouchers will not be accepted on the property.

The site on Peach Or­chard Road was attractive,
Robison said, because of the area’s booming industry and nuclear plants.
Robison said MRD Apartments developments are three-story buildings with 36 units each.
“Our intention on that property is to build them all at once,” he said. “If it goes real well, we might add on to that.”

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triscuit 05/29/13 - 11:10 pm
Beware of Developers with

Beware of Developers with promises.

bumblebeerose 05/30/13 - 01:55 am
That is to big a complex

That is to big a complex for this side of town. There are not enough schools to handle all the children that would come with that type of housing.

Is this complex supposed to replace Cherry Tree?

I hate to say it but I hope this never gets off the ground. I like the quiet south side that is why I live here.

soapy_725 05/30/13 - 08:22 am
What are they building next to Pepperridge?

The old Rosier Plantation site.

nocnoc 05/30/13 - 09:07 am
QUOTING "Robison said the

"Robison said the apartments’ rent will be set at market rates and Section 8 vouchers will not be accepted on the property. '

OK Commissioners
Here is the gold opportunity to lock in that "promise" and also show the South Side that is NOT going to become another Richmond Hill Apt. Crime area.

IF the other issues are corrected and approved including the Educational overcrowding issue, fire response time and ladder truck that will be needed for multi-story apt.. Then add that promise to the Legal restriction on the rezoning approval and the DEED. So when they sell the property the "new owner" it does happen anyhow.

If the ARC Commission and John Robison, the chief operating officer for Management Resources Development are dealing honestly with us why not?

BTW: has a P&L been done on the property.
How much will it cost ARC taxpayers to build out the infrastructure needed to support these 250+ apt's. What is the breakeven date in years vs. taxes, is it 20, 30, or 40+ years? Or beyond the estimated life of the Apt. Complex itself?

nocnoc 05/30/13 - 09:39 am
BTW: Pulled up


Pulled up

then cross-compared it with.

Wow look at all those pretty


for section 8.
Just on page 1 of 5 and then only part of the listing and just for Michigan only. It seems to indicate that a large number of their Apartment complexes accept Section 8's aka Housing Choice Vouchers - Section 8:

A quick scan of part of page 1 of 5 showed.
Admiral Farragut 317-319 Lytle Ave. Harbor Beach MI
Portland 1800 Lillian Blvd. Portland MI
Sherman 501 Homer Rd. Concord MI
McDowell I &II 55919 Co. Rd. 687 Hartford MI
Lyon 518 River Rd. Paw Paw MI
Grierson I 310 Prairie Ronde Decatur MI
Ellsworth 610 Hillsdale Homer MI

See and judge for yourself.
Will they stay NO Section 8's. as said?

like-it-is 05/31/13 - 12:37 am


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