Jeanne Dooley, a resident of Echo Street, which backs up onto the old WAC site organized a meeting of local residents and Trent Connor, Managing Director of Greystar, the developer of the apartments planned for the site. Ten area residents attended the meeting, which was designed to provide detailed information on the developers plans.
Greystar will build 300 apartment units on the property, in garden apartment style with a dozen housing units and other buildings for a clubhouse, garages, and other facilities.
The main entrance to the community will be from South Millbend, approximately where the dirt road now exists. It will be a gated community, with a wrought iron fence around it. A separate exit will be off Winterberry Place.
There will be mostly one and two bedroom apartments, with 12 three bedroom apartments. Their expected clientele are young singles who can't afford to live on Market Street. There will be a club house and swimming pool in the center of the facility. The average size of the apartments will be about 930 square feet and rents are expected to be about $1100, a few hundred less than at the Boardwalk.
Residents asked a number of questions about fencing and traffic. Mr. Connor said the would look at the resident proposals, while he could not commit to resolution, he thought they were acceptable. After reviewing the drawings, the group went out and walked the site to look at specific problems and issues.
Work will start in April, land will be smoothed to help drainage flows and some land will be imported to level the area. They expect move ins to begin in mid 2012.