Village to rediscuss permit agreement with developer

The village of Cary will further discuss entering a memorandum of agreement with PIRHL Developers LLC after concerns were brought up about the agreement at the board’s previous meeting.

Village administrator Jacob Rife said a representative from PIRHL’s development team will be at the board’s Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday to answer any questions.

The agreement stems from a conditional use permit that was granted to PIRHL back in 2016, giving the developers “certain obligations” it needed to meet for its 62-unit affordable senior housing development to be approved.

This included building an 1,800-square-foot community meeting room. As previously reported by the Northwest Herald, trustees debated the merits of the community room as opposed to collecting more impact fees from PIRHL back when the project was first being discussed.

PIRHL ended up paying $100,000 in impact fees to the village, or about $1,612 per unit, and raised the minimum age to live in the facility from 55 to 62.

The memorandum of agreement the village is discussing now sets the terms by which the village would be able to use the community room.

The agreement would provide the room at no cost to local government entities, such as the village and the park district. Other users, such as not-for-profits and individuals, would be able to use the room for senior programs at a “nominal” fee that would cover management costs to operate the room.

The agreement goes for an initial 15-year term. Language added into the agreement would allow for it to be automatically extended for one-year periods unless changes are agreed to by both parties.

The village, park district and other government entities would be able to use the space for programming by coordinating with the Cary Senior Living project’s property manager.

“Since there’s going to be 62 units of seniors, we thought that would be a great opportunity,” Cary Mayor Mark Kownick said.

The agreement was originally in the consent agenda for the village board’s Aug. 6 meeting, but was taken out for discussion. Trustees Kim Covelli and Jim Kraus said they wanted to table the item for more discussion.

Specifically, one of Covelli’s concerns was that she didn’t want resident seniors to have to pay to use the room.

She also said she wanted more clarification on the document before agreeing to something. The conditional use permit had been approved three years ago.

“We didn’t have any (recent) discussion on it,” she said. “I didn’t want to make a hurried vote.”

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