A developer of senior housing plans to start construction in the spring on a 92-unit apartment complex on Delaware's west side after earning approval from the city this month.

Delaware City Council on Dec. 21 voted unanimously to approve the final development plan for Treplus Communities' Burr Oak Commons. The firm plans to build the complex on about 20 undeveloped acres off state Route 37 between the Lantern Chase subdivision and the Kroger-anchored Westfield Shopping Center.

While Councilman Chris Jones on Dec. 11 asked to take legislation approving the project to a second reading to give his constituents another chance to provide feedback, no one spoke for or against the complex at the Dec. 21 meeting.

Dave Efland, the city's planning and community development director, previously said Treplus' potential investment in the project is just shy of $20 million. He praised the firm's effort to work with city officials at council's Dec. 11 meeting.

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

Officials with the company informed council Dec. 21 they hope to break ground on the project in the spring.

Treplus already has developed a rental complex for seniors in Dublin and received approval to build a similar development in Pickerington in October.

Jane Arthur Roslovic, managing partner with Treplus Communities, said Dec. 11 her firm already had received phone calls from Delaware residents interested in moving to the complex planned off West Central Avenue.

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