Hoover Council Approves 154 Age Restricted Apartments, 10 Cottages at Trace Crossings


On Monday evening, Hoover City Council voted 5-1 to allow Signature Homes to build 154 “working adult” apartments and 10 rental cabins as part of the Knox Square development in Trace Crossings.

The apartments and cottages will be built on 6.5 acres along the Stadium Trace Parkway across from the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium and between Discovery United Methodist Church and the previously approved 118 single family homes that will be known as Knox Square.

Apartments and cottages will be subject to an ‘age limit’, which means that at least one person living there must be at least 55 years old and that no minor under the age of 19 can live there over 60 days per calendar year.

Developer Jonathan Belcher, president of Signature Homes, said residents of the nearby community of Chestnut Ridge repeatedly asked him to put something on the property other than a hotel, and he promised them he would look for it. another alternative.

The company has been so successful with its single-family home communities reserved for residents aged 55 and over that it also wants to offer a rental option to people in that age group.

He predicts that about two-thirds of apartments would have two bedrooms, while the other third would have one bedroom. The typical size would be 800 to 1,200 square feet, and he expects the rent to be $ 1,800 to $ 2,400 per month, he said. There should be around 10 different floor plans for the two-bedroom apartments, he said.

The proposed name is Knox Square Apartments. Most of the complex is expected to have three floors, but there will be a corner section with four floors, Belcher said.

He sees this as a viable option for people who don’t want to pay $ 400,000 to $ 500,000 to get into a three bedroom house in a community 55 and over such as Abingdon by the River, a- he declared.

His plans include a 10,000 square foot amenity building with function rooms and a fitness center, swimming pool, and areas for grilling and outdoor activities, he said. The resort is said to be an independent living center, with no central food and beverage service or medical or nursing services, according to Signature Homes’ zoning request.

The $ 40 million apartment complex is expected to generate around $ 180,000 per year in property taxes, Belcher said.

In early November, many residents of the community of Abingdon, another community 55 and over located just off the Knox Square development, objected to the idea of ​​moving apartments there when Hoover Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the proposal and recommended its approval.

Some of the residents then said they were concerned it would reduce the value of their property and add more traffic to what they consider to be an already congested Stadium Trace Parkway. But no one spoke out against the apartments and cottages at Monday’s council meeting.

Casey Middlebrooks was the only councilor to vote against the apartment project. Middlebrooks said Signature Homes will build a great community there. He has no doubts about the quality of their product, but he believes that authorizing apartments there will “accelerate development” of this property before the proper infrastructure is in place to support it.

The city is working to create an alternate route for traffic entering and exiting Trace Crossings and Blackridge, but that route is not yet in place.

Belcher will likely have the apartments built before this road is in place, but if the property were to remain in commercial use, development could take longer and allow more time for infrastructure construction, Middlebrooks said.

Councilor Curt Posey said he voted in favor of apartments because he believes there is a demand for this type of housing in the 55 and over age group. Not everyone in that age range can afford or need the larger homes that are found in other communities 55 and older, Posey said.

He also thinks apartments are better for this site than a hotel or gas station, he said. Also, restricting the age of apartments generates property taxes for the school system, but does not increase the student body in schools, he said.

Belcher said it would likely take six to eight months for the apartment complex to be fully designed and licensed, but he hopes to start construction by the end of 2022 and have apartments built and rented out in the during 2024.

In other Monday night business, Hoover City Council:

  • Approved plans for a 3000 square foot clubhouse and amenity center for the single family community of 118 Knox Square homes adjacent to the apartments and cottages.
  • Approved plans for an Aqua Tots swim school at 1694 Montgomery Highway in the Center at Riverchase shopping mall across from Hoover Town Hall, on condition that there is no blasting as the excavation is being done for swimming pools.
  • Appointed Charlie Faulkner as a member of the new Hoover Health Care Authority, for a six-year term.
  • Authorized the Hoover Police Department to use $ 93,000 of funds received to house federal inmates to purchase eight sets of night vision tools and related accessories.
  • Declared Feb. 25-27 sales tax holiday for inclement weather preparedness, waiving city sales tax for certain items that can be used to prepare for inclement weather. These items are listed on the town’s website and include tarps, weather radios, flashlights, batteries, chargers, plywood, and first aid kits.
  • Authorized the mayor to enter into an agreement with Shelby County for the county to provide Hoover with aerial photographs and topographic mapping of 176 square miles in and around Hoover, at a cost not to exceed $ 35,500.
  • Authorized the mayor to hire USI Insurance Services to help the city find a P&C insurance provider.
  • Agreed to hire Temple, Utilicom Supply, Southern Lighting and Traffic Systems, Cubic ITS and Buffalo Electric to provide traffic control and road safety equipment for the city.


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