City Council members voted 7-0 to approve the application after a lengthy discussion about guidelines regarding renters.
To combat any chance of the project becoming a rental community, one of the 15 conditions placed on the approval says no more than 20 percent of the units can be rented out.
Council members expressed concern that renters would be less likely to keep up the aesthetics of the property.
The applicant, Jeff Herman, explained to council members that because of the $400,000 price tag on the units, “I don’t think you’re going to end up with a rental community.”
However, he said he didn’t want to restrict his buyers and asked for the condition to be removed.
Don Brooks, a resident of the nearby Victoria Square, said his community doesn’t have a limitation set on the percentage of allowed renters and he’s seen no problem with upkeep.
“I don’t think you can differentiate between what’s a rental and what’s not,” he said, speaking in favor of the new development.
Initially the condition said only 10 percent of the units could be rented out, but council members decided 20 percent was a better compromise.