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Apartment complex sought in Vancouver’s Kevanna Park neighborhood

Project proposes 12 apartment units on half-acre parcel

By , Columbian staff writer

Plans are in for a small apartment complex in Vancouver’s Kevanna Park neighborhood, according to pre-planning documents submitted to the city of Vancouver.

The project plans for a three-story, 12-unit apartment complex, as well as four garage spaces, 15 parking spaces and vehicle circulation.

The half-acre site, at 4319 N.E. Morrow Road in Vancouver, is owned by Sergey Kaminskiy. Kaminskiy has asked the city to rezone the property from R-18 to R-22.

The current zoning district, R-18, is designed for attached homes like duplexes and rowhouses and garden-type apartments. The proposed zoning district, R-22, is also designed for rowhouses and garden-type apartments, as well as lower-density multidwelling structures.

The buildings are expected to be less than 50 feet tall, keeping in line with the R-22 zoning regulations.

The project plans for two parking areas, each with access from Morrow Road. The pre-planning narrative said traffic in the area is expected to increase with the completion of the apartment complex.

Traffic generation based on the 10th Edition Institute of Traffic Engineers Trip Generation Manual for the area, the narrative said, currently shows nine daily trips, including one in the peak morning hour and one in the peak afternoon/evening hour. It’s anticipated that the proposed development would generate 66 daily trips on average, with five during the peak morning hour and six in the peak afternoon/evening hour.

Kaminskiy bought the property in June of last year for $405,000, according to county records. A single-family home and garage did sit on the property but were demolished. The grassy site is now vacant.

Though the surrounding neighborhood is largely single-family homes, rowhouses and duplexes, the property borders Northeast 112th Avenue. High-tech manufacturer Shin-Etsu Handotai-America is across the street.

The pre-planning narrative makes the case for why the property should be rezoned. It claims to meet the requirements for the R-22 designation: compatibility with scale of nearby structures and its nearness to public open spaces and schools, transit and business or commercial areas.

“Based on the characteristics of this site in terms of proximity to arterial roadways, commercial areas, industrial areas and compatibility with adjacent uses, we believe that a proposed zoning of R-22 is appropriate for this property,” read the narrative.

“Increasing the density of the property from the current R-18 zoning would allow for improved access to badly needed affordable housing,” it read.