Developer Jim Sickles says his company is just completing a project for that property that has been contemplated for 30 years.
"The parcel at 261 North Street was zoned R-3 in the early 1970's when the previous property owner planned to develop the vacant lot with a multi-family building, but never completed it.I purchased the property in the mid-1990's with the intention of constructing a multi-family rental unit there," Sickles
was unable to complete the apartment plan because in 1996 the Village Board
at that time changed the zoning in the area to R-2, prohibiting multi-family buildings.About a year ago, Sickles
plan for an apartment building there and requested that the Village Board
return the zoning at 261 North St. to R-3.
We think we have a pretty good package," Sickles
told the Planning Board.
...Hardwood Manor developer and Sickles Corp. owner, Jim Sickles, can finally move forward with plans to break ground on a 21 unit apartment building at 261 North Street after Monday night's 4-1 vote of the Caledonia Village Board to approve the project.
...The property owner and developer, James Sickles, requested that the Village Board change the zoning of the property from R-2 to R-3 (multi-family building) so that his company can proceed with plans to construct a 21-unit upscale apartment complex there.
owns the vacant property at 261 North Street and the adjacent historic Hamilton House, which is also rental property.
The company filed the zoning change request with the village and has prepared a very thorough research package of information to be presented at the public hearing, Sickles
"We have an extremely thorough team of engineers and architects that will present detailed research on this project so that people can hear the facts," Sickles
has strong support for the project from residents of Caledonia who say additional rental housing is desperately needed in the community and that Hardwood Manor fills a need for those residents who do not want to be homeowners for any number of reasons such as busy career professionals and retirees who want to get away from the burden of home ownership.
"It's going to be a great asset to people here," Sickles
...Developer James Sickles says the request to the VB is for the zoning to be changed back to R-3, which it was zoned at the time Hardwood Properties purchased the multi-family historic building and vacant lot in 1996.
Then, in the late 1990's, the VB approved a village-wide zoning proposal that saw numerous changes, including a reduction in the number of R-3 (multi-family) areas in the village.
The zoning change is necessary in order for Hardwood Properties
to proceed with a plan to build a 3 story, 21 unit building featuring 15 two bedroom and six one bedroom upscale apartments.Plans for the complex include a park-like setting with a covered canopy sidewalk, elevator, air conditioning and a fireplace and washer and dryer in each apartment.Sickles
says Hardwood Manor targets the adult/professional and senior citizen tenant with rents starting at under $1,000 a month.He
has a list of about 60 interested people already.
...Hardwood Properties owner, Jim Sickles, plans to bring the Hardwood Manor plan to the Caledonia Village Board this spring.
says the architects for Hardwood Manor designed the building to tie into the historic stature of the existing rental building that already exists on the North Street property.He
says the historic significance of the 1875 "Hamilton House" will be preserved and complimented by the style of the new building.
"A great team of architects and engineers assisted us with this project.They have a great deal of expertise with these types of projects in other areas," Sickles
The Hardwood Manor project is beneficial for the community, Sickles
says, in that it contributes to a much needed tax base, but more importantly, he
added, it will provide a place to live to those residents who have had to move out of Caledonia and would like to come home, and to those looking to get out of the maintenance of home ownership.
"The community has waited a long time for something like this to come to Caledonia.We are taking this project very seriously and are pulling out all the stops to ensure that when all is said and done, our town will have a project that we can all be proud of," Sickles
purchased the property in 1995 when it was zoned R-3 (multi-family permitted).Sickles
said at the time, the purchase was subject to approval for building additional apartments.Since then, the Village of Caledonia
completed a zoning update in 1999 that placed the property in an R-2 area where additional apartments would not be permitted.Sickles
plans to bring the Hardwood Manor proposal to the Village Board
in the next several weeks and will, at that time, request a zoning change for the property to permit the project to move forward.