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PV planners give approval to apartment complex

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The Planning and Zoning Commission Monday paved the way for more affordable housing in Prescott Valley by recommending approval of an 84-unit apartment complex for families.

The commission voted 5-0 for a rezone and preliminary development plan for WESCAP Investments Inc. of Phoenix to build the Viewpoint Apartments on 5 acres between Long Look Drive and Civic Circle about 600 feet west of Civic Drive. The land is currently zoned for single-family homes.

Commissioner Gary Bruce abstained because he arrived late for the 15-minute meeting, and Commissioner Joe Huot was absent.

The commissioners, who serve as an advisory body to the Town Council, praised WESCAP's plans. WESCAP developed two other apartment complexes nearby: the SunGate Villa Senior Community on Civic Drive near the Civic Center and Valley View Apartments on Windsong Drive.

"I am really pleased that this is actually for families," Commissioner Ellen Babbitt said.

Commissioner Ben Harper commented the apartment complex would provide housing near Prescott Valley's emerging "downtown."

WESCAP plans to build the complex beginning with construction of 43 units in the first phase during the summer of 2010, company President Bill Spreitzer said before the commission meeting. He added the first phase will take 10 months to build.

Spreitzer said construction of the second phase of 41 units would start about a year after his company finishes the first phase.

He said his company also plans to begin construction of the second phase of 54 units of the 64-unit SunGate in three months.

"We are pleased with the outcome (of the commission vote) and are looking forward to work on another project in Prescott Valley," Spreitzer said after the meeting.

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