A plan to add about 1,000 student bedrooms to the area near 31st and Iowa streets won unanimous approval from Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday.
Commissioners approved a rezoning request and a special use permit to allow Aspen Heights to build 304 apartment units that would be a mix of four-bedroom, cottage-style houses and two- and three-bedroom duplex units. The development would feature buildings that look more like individual homes rather than apartment buildings, commissioners were told.
The development will occur on the site of the Gaslight Mobile Home Village just east of 31st and Iowa. Commissioners were told by the mobile home’s management company that there are about 125 homes at the park. He said there are about 200 vacant mobile lots currently available in Lawrence.
Tom Horner, a representative of the management company, said his firm will pay the moving expenses of tenants who want to move to his other mobile park in Lawrence. He said other mobile home parks in the city already have begun offering to pay the moving expenses of Gaslight residents.
The project likely will begin construction this summer.