Senior housing project planned in Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood

A local community development group plans to construct a senior housing project in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood on the near north side.

Oasis Christian Community Development Corp. is seeking city approval for a zoning variance to build on 1.3 acres in the 2400 block of North Arsenal Avenue. The proposed apartment building would be purpose-built for elderly individuals seeking a residence in the area.

The project would feature a 17,450-square-foot structure with 34 two-bedroom apartments. It’s also expected to have 57 parking spaces with six handicap-accessible spaces. Its projected development cost has not yet been made public.

The site, which is currently vacant, has been used as parking for a nearby church but is no longer needed, according to filings with the city. It is directly south of East 25th Street, across from Douglass Park, and bordered on the west by Dr. Andrew Brown Drive and on the east by Arsenal Avenue.

Oasis Christian, which is headquartered in the neighborhood, has owned the property since October 2010, acquiring it at that time from Williams & Bluitt Funeral Homes. The property has an assessed value of $129,800.

The group hopes to receive a variance of use that would allow for apartments. The matter is expected to be heard during the Board of Zoning Appeals II meeting on Oct. 13.

Oasis is applying for tax credits for the project, according to filings with the city. A representative for Oasis did not return a message requesting comment for this story.

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