Council voted 6-1 in favor of the proposa on first reading, with Councilman Ken McDowell in opposition. He said plans, specifically the access to the subdivision that RiverNorth residents are not happy with, needed to be re-examined before council voted.
Plans have a single access point coming off of RiverNorth Drive, and residents say that the entrance to their neighborhood cannot handle that much traffic.
The nearly 29.46 acres off U.S. 1 on the riverfront would contain 246 apartment units and up to 65 single-family homes. Construction is expected to begin next summer with units available for move-in by fall 2011.
In other business, council unanimously approved on second reading the 2010 budget of $12,640,528, which does not include increases in rates for residents.
The final reading of the budget and second reading of the Gardners Landing development will be Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.