A permit allowing for the development of five townhouses along Union Avenue near Stojanovich Family Park has been granted a three year extension by the Campbell City Council.
The planned development permit for the project, located at 258 and 268 Union Avenue on a .45 acre lot was originally approved by the city council in June 2008. The original expiration date for the permit was June 2010, but citing poor economic conditions, the developer filed for a two-year extension, ending in June 2012.
Jeff Mar, with Heritage Realty Group, said that the project was unable to secure financing at that time, which is why he asked for another extension.
When the project's proposal came before the Campbell Planning Commission in January, the commission recommended denying the extension.
"We asked for a "Good Faith effort" to show activity with the project," said Campbell Associate Planner Steve Prosser at the January meeting. "Unlike the first request, no further activity was seen by applicant, no request for information, no revised plans have been received. Again providing evidence that the economic downturn as excuse. But projects approved during the same time seen them revitalized and under construction."
Prosser cited the following projects, all approved at similar times as the five townhouses on Union Avenue, as developments that have either begun or completed construction:
- 700 Gale Dr., 21 units
- 2145 Winchester Blvd. 126 senior apartments
- 651 W Hamilton Ave (Riverside development)
- 108 condos/townhome units
"What we are seeing is different developments with different backings moving forward," Prosser said.