Nebraska City City Council

Nebraska City City Council

(Nebraska City) -- Efforts to build a new senior housing complex received a boost Monday night from Nebraska City's commissioners.

By unanimous vote, the Nebraska City City Council approved a request to rezone property located at the end of Oak Street off Grundman Boulevard from R-2 residential to PUD planning unit development district. Officials with North Star Housing Development requested the rezoning for development of Nebraska City Senior Patio Homes, LP--a proposed 28-unit senior housing development. Andrew Danner, one of North Star Housing's key principals and owners, outlined the project at a public hearing during Monday's council meeting.

"This is for senior affordable housing," said Danner. "Rents will be right around $450-to-$485 for a unit--two bedroom, one bath, and a one-car garage, plus a storage area on the outside of the house. We'll have a community gardens."

Danner says residents 55-and-older would be eligible for the units.

"Our average age is about 68-to-72," said Danner. "They're typically single females. There's not as many couples as you may think. Typically, it's a retired, on Social Security, on disability single woman that occupies the units at a 75% clip."

Founded in 2012, North Star has developed 22 facilities--mostly in Missouri and Kansas--including six senior housing complexes. Danner and North Star officials have worked with the city for about a year in developing the project. He thanked the city for its support.

"I want to thank the staff, and the utilities department, whom we've probably had five meetings with," he said, "to make sure we get all the loops in, make sure the life safety's correct, and everything for a comprehensive, one-time development as far as one phase only, not multiple phases. We'll be doing it all at once."

Dan Mauk, executive director of the Nebraska City Area Development Corporation, told the council the complex would make more housing available for younger families in the community. Council members also approved the first reading of the voluntary annexation of the proposed development's location. The second and third readings take place at future council meetings.

In other business Monday night, the council...

---approved the Morton James Public Library's application for a $300,000 grant through the Community and Civic Center Financing Fund for facade improvements and other renovations at the library. The council also approved a professional services agreement with KPE Consulting Engineers, Incorporated totaling $6,000 for phase one of the library's HVAC engineering project.

---approved a rezoning request from New Tech Properties LLC for property located at 2005 4th Corso from R-2 commercial to C-3 commercial.

---approved ordinance amendments repealing the city's billiard hall and pool room tax, as well as license requirements and regulations specific to public pool halls, billiard halls and bowling alleys.