Last updated: November 22. 2013 11:01PM - 1329 Views
SUSAN BETTINGER Times Leader Correspondent

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NANTICOKE — The Nanticoke Zoning Board on Thursday night approved an application for use and height variances to a parcel of property on Kosciuszko Street.

The request for variance was made by Lexington Associates II LP in connection the establishment of two three-story, 24-unit apartment buildings it wants to build. The development will add 48 additional units to Lexington Village.

The variance approval will entail changing the property from its current R2 status to R3. The R2 status limits structures to 35 feet in height. The three-story buildings will be 48 feet high.

Lexington Associates was represented by acquisition analyst Paul Mizack, who said the units will only be available for rent to applicants who meet the firm’s “relatively strict criteria.”

Mizack said the applicants must pass a credit and criminal check, have no prior evictions and meet income guidelines. The monthly household income must be three times the amount of monthly rent for one person or a combined income for related persons who live in the unit.

The income must be at least four times the monthly rent for roommates or unrelated tenants.

Rents will be approximately $900 per month for a one-bedroom unit, and $1,200 per month for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit.

Residents voiced concerns the property would possibly be sold in the future and turned into subsidized housing units.

Mark P. McNealis, solicitor for the Zoning Hearing Board, added an amendment to the approval that stated the current and subsequent owners will not include subsidized or tax credit housing in the development.

McNealis added the only way the amendment could be changed is with the Zoning Board’s approval.

Mizack willingly accepted the amendment.

The land development plans will now have to go before the city Planning Commission and City Council.

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