Glendale — The foreclosed and deteriorating Dove Healthcare nursing home at 1633 W. Bender Road has been rezoned to allow a 57-unit apartment complex proposed by developer Michael Klein.

Klein needed Glendale officials to rezone the property by the end of the year to be eligible for as much as $1.8 million in assistance through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which subsidizes construction costs and allows Klein to charge lower rents on the 11 three-bedroom units.

City officials would like to see the blighted property redeveloped, but the city's ability to offer any tax incremental financing incentives is maxed out under state statutes. By rezoning the property, Glendale officials are giving Klein the opportunity to apply for HOME funds while working with the city to improve the aesthetics and design of his proposed building.

Glendale officials expedited the rezoning process to allow Klein to apply for HOME funds by the end of the year, but the city's rezoning action does not guarantee that Klein's project will get approval. At a Nov. 1 meeting, Glendale plan commissioners said Klein's original architectural renderings of four single-story, townhome-style buildings reminded them of Army barracks or a Motel 6.

Klein has emphasized that he is willing to work with city officials to rework the design of the apartment complex. If Klein's proposal is ultimately rejected, any future development proposals would require a separate rezoning action by the city.

The former Dove Healthcare nursing home has deteriorated greatly since it was vacated in 2007. The building has several broken windows, and it has gone several winters without heat.

Klein has proposed building four one-story buildings with two one-bedrooms, 44 two-bedrooms and 11 three-bedrooms in a $7.5 million facility that would include a party room, fitness center, on-site management and outdoor play space. The one-bedrooms would rent for $950 per month, the two-bedrooms for $1,350 per month and the three-bedrooms for $900 per month. The three-bedrooms are discounted through the HOME program.

In addition to the apartment buildings, a portion of land on the south end of the property would become a 250-stall parking lot for neighboring David Hobbs Honda.

In its motion to rezone the property, the Glendale council specified that the apartment development will include at least 80 percent fair-market-rate apartments, no more than 57 units total and that the rezoning is contingent upon a final development agreement approved by the common council. The rezoning is also contingent upon compliance with the safety of surrounding residents and meeting the aesthetics of the surrounding area.

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