PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The first phase of a residential development that was initially met with opposition from neighbors got the green light from village officials this week.

The Plan Commission voted 7-0 on Monday night to advance plans to the Village Board for the Vista at Creekside, located on 62 acres north of 93rd Street and east of Green Bay Road.

The development includes 54 single-family lots, a two-family lot and seven, 20-unit apartment buildings. It is being constructed by Bear Development.

The first phase, according to the plans, would begin with construction of the apartment units on 14.5 acres on the west side of the site at 91st Street and Old Green Bay Road.

Six apartment buildings would be located along Old Green Bay Road, while the seventh is sited within Creekside Circle.

The first phase will also include construction of detached garages, a club house and other site improvements.

In March, the development came under fire from nearby residents of the Creekside Crossing condominiums, who expressed concerns that the apartment rental units would increase crime and maintenance costs while decreasing property values.

Many of the residents favored only owner-occupied dwellings, which had been the plan for the area four years ago. However, a revision in the state law no longer allows municipalities to restrict residents occupying housing developments based on ownership.

In light of residents’ concerns, village officials pulled back the project and reworked it with Bear, moving the apartments to one end of the site.

In addition, the village stressed that the apartments would not be subsidized housing.

The apartments are workforce housing, according to Jean Werbie-Harris, the village’s community development director, for which Bear has received housing tax credits.

“Full monthly rent is due by the residents. There’s no rental subsidy. There’s no Section 8,” she said.

Of the 140 units, 56 are offered at market rate, with the remaining discounted at about 35 percent of the market rental, she said.

S.R. Mills, president Bear Development, said after the meeting that construction of the first phase would begin as early as July once the approvals have been made.

During the meeting he said planning and construction of the single-family lots would take additional time, saying he hoped the second phase would begin “as soon as we possibly can.”

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