A developer plans to build a 92-unit apartment complex for seniors on a vacant property on Delaware's west side.

Delaware City Council on Dec. 11 conducted a first reading of legislation that would approve the final development plan for Burr Oak Commons. Treplus Communities' plan calls for the construction of 25 apartment buildings and a common building on about 20 acres off state Route 37.

The proposed complex would sit between the city's Lantern Chase subdivision and the Kroger-anchored Westfield Shopping Center off the road, which also is known as West Central Avenue.

Dave Efland, the city's planning and community development director, said Treplus Communities has been responsive to the concerns of planning commission members and other city officials.

"They've been very good to work with. They've addressed every issue," he said. "This is not the easiest site."

Efland estimated Treplus' potential investment in the project at about $19.5 million, which he called "pretty significant."

Delaware Mayor Carolyn Riggle said she is concerned about a retention pond planned as part of the project just east of Lantern Chase Drive off Route 37.

"I know (guardrails are) not pretty, but I don't want to see a car end up in there because the roads are icy," she said.

City Engineer Bill Ferrigno said he anticipates a guardrail will need to be installed as part of the project because of the pond's proximity to the road. He said such a structure would need to meet state requirements.

Council did not vote on the development plan at the meeting.

Councilman Chris Jones, who represents the city's 1st Ward, said he wanted residents in his ward to have more time to review and, potentially, comment on the project.

Council is expected to vote on the legislation at its meeting Thursday, Dec. 21.

Jane Arthur Roslovic, managing partner with Treplus Communities, said her firm already is receiving phone calls from Delaware residents interested in the planned complex.

"We're thrilled with the reception that we're having," she said.

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