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Published July 17th, 2013

Kansas City developer proposes affordable apartments for seniors in Marshall

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

 

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Kim Lingle, president of Kansas City-based MBL Development Co., speaks before the Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday, July 9, about his plans to build an affordable housing apartment complex for seniors.
(Carlos Restrepo/Democrat-News) 
Kim Lingle, representing Kansas City-based MBL Development Company, presented before the Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission his firm's plans to erect a 34-unit apartment complex for older adults in Marshall during the commission's Tuesday, July 9, meeting.

 

The complex, which would be called Fox Creek Villas, would be located in lots 66, 67 and 68 of the Claiborne Fox Village subdivision on Atchinson Avenue near Fitzgibbon Hospital.

Lingle said the apartments would only cater to people 62 and older, although he said he might lower the age requirement to 55.

 

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A map showing the proposed Fox Creek Villages in Marshall. The lots are located on Atchinson Avenue a few blocks from Fitzgibbon Hospital.
(Image courtesy of MBL Development Co.)
"That age category in Saline County is growing and we are going to try to provide some affordable housing for that niche," Lingle said.

 

All the apartments would have two bedrooms. The site would also have a community building with a full kitchen, exercise facility, computers and WiFi. The apartments would have a total of 62 parking spaces.

"We tried to come up with a site plan that we thought could be very, very usable," Lingle said.

Lingle said if the city gives the company the go ahead, the plan would be a $4 million project. Rent would be between $400 and $500, Lingle estimated.

"It would be (for) people on a fixed income," Lingle said. "It's a very affordable-type thing."

Lingle said if approved, construction would begin in the spring of 2014 and last for approximately 10 to 12 months.

He told commission members the apartments would always be for older adults only.

"From a financial standpoint, the banks are going to require me to put that restriction on this particular complex," Lingle said. "It's called a land-use restriction. So the bank is going to file with my mortgage papers that this will be a 55 or 62 and above. In my lifetime, and then beyond, that's the way it's going to be forever. We are never going to make these apartments into keg parties with young kids. It will always be elderly housing."

City Administrator and commission member Connie Latimer said she liked the idea of the project.

"It looks like a nice project to me," Latimer said.

 

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A rendering of one of the proposed apartment duplexes for Fox Creek Villas in Marshall, showing the building elevation. Fox Creek Villas developer, Kansas City-based MBL Development Co., must first obtain a rezoning permit from the Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission. The commission will have a public hearing on the matter Tuesday, Aug. 13.
(Image courtesy of MBL Development Co.)
She also said the project seemed to conform with Marshall's economic development plan, which was released earlier this year. She said she consulted with members of the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation, who agreed it would be good for Marshall.

 

"It looks like something that would fit with our long-range planning," Latimer said in an interview.

The commission voted to hold a public hearing for 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, in the city council chambers. Following the public hearing, the commission would vote to rezone the land from C-2 Business to R-3 Low Density Multi-Family Dwelling.

If approved by planning and zoning, the issue would then go to the Marshall City Council.