After many laboring hours of review, discussion and modification of language embedded in the proposed Kensington Project, including clarification of what constitutes a “dwelling unit,” City Council moved forward Tuesday night to approve several resolutions, including one to approve a special municipal election to be held on November 6, 2012 to enable voters to decide whether to allow an amendment to “Measure V.”
The Kensington assisted living facility proposed for the property at 33 North Hermosa Avenue and 245 West Sierra Madre Boulevard would hold 75 residential units according to current plans. Under “Measure V,” in the Downtown area no more than 13 dwelling units are allowed per acre. The Kensington Project would sit on 2 acres.
In a press release issued by Council Member Chris Koerber early Wednesday morning he stated: “While the proposed Kensington Project is not a perfect project, it is nonetheless a very good project. I am particularly pleased that the project maintains the spirit of Measure V. Allowing citizens to vote on such an important project helps to ensure the community has a say in major city changes—especially those located in the Downtown Central Core. I’m especially pleased that private funds are being used for the Kensington—thus avoiding further burdens on Sierra Madre’s budget.”
On . Some of the debate that took place over nine Planning Commission meetings and three City Council Meetings included whether having a microwave and small refrigerator defines a kitchen area, how will traffic be affected, will there be enough parking, and whether changing Measure V will affect how the site will be used in the future.
Developer Billy Shields approached the podium several times during discussions, mostly showing his approval of the changes made to the specific plan of the project. Council also passed a resolution calling for an Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement which says that the developer will pay the costs of placing any ballot measure on the November 6 ballot, and states that the developer understands the risks involved and waives any claim they may have against the City if the measure fails.
So, it’s in the hands of the voters come November. For more information about the Kensington Project, visit http://cityofsierramadre.com/projects.