Conditional use approved for planned apartment complex

City Council gave conditional-use approval Thursday to a city developer planning to construct up to 40 apartments inside a renovated former convent near Divine Providence Hospital on Grampian Boulevard and Chestnut Street.

Council approved the request by LGN Inc., a subdivision of George Hutchinson Real Estate, after Hutchinson’s son, Gabriel, presented the project in a public hearing followed by council’s vote.

Conditions placed on the approval included Hutchinson conducting a traffic study to determine the impact the apartments would have on vehicular traffic in the neighborhood and adding a sidewalk on the east side of Chestnut Street, according to John Grado, city engineer and director of community and economic development.

Hutchinson and Mayor Gabriel J. Campana are planning to meet with the neighbors next week and listen to their concerns and bring that information back to council.

The next step for Hutchinson’s company is to bring the plan before city planning commission for land development approval.

Council did not speak about a proposed entertainment district because of the length of the meeting.

It is expected to address the proposal to create three separate entertainment districts allowing outside music at specific hours at the next meeting.