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PLANNERS BACK APARTMENTS IN HIGH ST. MEDICAL COMPLEX

The city Planning Board today endorsed a proposal to build a 100-unit apartment complex in the High Street medical campus area after the developer promised to provide more parking.

Former Chief City Judge Wilbur P. Trammell told board members he intends to provide about 75 parking spaces for the residents in the mid-rise complex planned for a 1.5-acre site at Michigan Avenue and North Street.

The board delayed consideration two weeks ago because of concerns about the density of the project and lack of parking. The previous proposal called for about 35 parking spaces.

As for density, Trammell and Community Development Commissioner Laurence K. Rubin told board members the project calls for fewer apartments than the maximum allowed under current urban renewal guidelines.

Trammell said the plan allows up to 90 apartments per acre and his design will hold 66 apartments per acre. Current plans call for a central tower no taller than seven stories flanked by stepped-down wings.

Rents of the 100, two-bedroom apartments will range from $392 to $600 a month, he said.

The $10 million project still must be approved by the Common Council. Trammell said he hopes to begin construction next year.

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