The proposed five-story apartment building for Woodstock’s downtown is moving forward despite some concern from the Historic Preservation Commission and at least one nearby resident.
The commission is tasked with reviewing all major changes in the Downtown Business Historic Preservation District and recently denied a certificate of appropriateness for the design of the building. Billitteri Enterprises LLC, the developer, successfully appealed to the Woodstock City Council on Dec. 3.
Billitteri wants to develop a five-story, 30-unit apartment building on the corner of Madison and Church streets near downtown. The $5.1 million project would add one 30,064-square-foot L-shaped building, which will include 20 one-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom apartments, along with common space, an elevator and stairs on the property.
The City Council has already approved a redevelopment agreement with the company. Billitteri still needed approval from the commission for the demolition of existing structures on the property and the design of the proposed building, according to city documents.
The commission couldn’t reach an agreement on the request but ultimately voted, 3-1, to approve the demolition request but tied, 2-2, on the design for the new development, which equates to a denial, according to city documents. One member of the commission was absent for the meeting.
“Those against the development proposal believed the height, size and contemporary design of the development was inappropriate for the historic district,” City Planner Darrell Moore said in a memo to the council. “Those in favor believed such a development would improve area property values in the historic district and spur economic development to enough of a degree that it offset any negatives regarding the size and design.”
One neighboring resident spoke against the development at the Dec. 3 meeting.
“I don’t like the idea of a five-story building being built 10 feet from my back fence,” Woodstock resident Aaron Goluba said. “I will lose all privacy in my backyard.”
The City Council ultimately granted the certificate of appropriateness and the development can continue.