A developer hopes the fifth time's the charm after submitting a new proposal to build condos on what Powell officials call "a difficult site."

Elite Real Estate on Jan. 24 submitted an updated sketch plan to the Powell Planning and Zoning Commission for a condo complex known as the Mews at Zion. The proposal for the complex, which would sit on about 1.5 acres southeast of Sawmill Road's intersection with Zion Drive, calls for the construction of four two-unit condo buildings.

The developer first planned to construct two four-unit buildings on the site in 2016, before returning to the city with its initial original four-building plan last year. Two different developers submitted their own plans for the site in 2006 and 2009 but ultimately abandoned them, according to city records.

Rocky Kambo, Powell's assistant director of development, said the site's relatively small size and its proximity to other residential communities may have led to the parcel's extended vacancy.

"This is a very difficult site to plan," he said. " ... It's kind of this leftover parcel."

The planned development would sit directly north of the Commons of Powell condominiums and southwest of the Junia Glen subdivision.

Neighbors from both communities said they had concerns about how the two-story buildings would look in comparison to nearby ranch-style units, but welcomed the idea of a residential development.

"My personal opinion is this is a fantastic use of a very hard-to-fill space in Powell," said Bob Dotson, president of the Commons of Powell's condo board.

Larry Lyons, who lives on nearby Junia Court, said residents in his neighborhood also have concerns about the height of the planned buildings. He said they do not oppose the developer building on the site.

"We'd like to see the property developed," he said. "We don't have any objection to that."

Planning commission member Joe Jester said he shares the neighbors' concerns, although he recognizes the property is "an awfully difficult property to develop."

"I wish it was three (buildings) instead of four and I wish (they were) one-story," he said.

Commission member Bill Little said the new sketch plan is "the best proposal that we've seen."

He said he would like to see the developer provide a comparison of the scale of the planned buildings and existing buildings in the area the next time the developer came before the board.



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