The Brighton City Council has given final approval to a 3-story, 15-unit condominium development on the periphery of downtown.

At its meeting last Thursday, council approved the proposed development by Power Play Development LLC, to be constructed at North Second and Center streets. A public hearing on the project had been originally scheduled for the March 1st meeting but had to be postponed pending resolution of technical and legal issues.

Council approved a revised Planned Unit Development (PUD) ordinance amending the city’s zoning ordinance to reflect the project as a high density, multiple housing development. Council also approved the final site plan for the project, to be called the Second Street Flats. And finally, council approved the PUD agreement with Power Play Development.

All that’s left for Power Play to do at this juncture is to close on the purchase of the property, which is owned by the Brighton Downtown Development Authority. The property was purchased by the DDA last year in hopes of attracting a developer to build condominiums close enough for residents to walk to downtown. Brighton has had a problem over the years of not having enough residential housing in and near the downtown area. Vacant duplexes are currently on the site, which is less than one-half acre in size.

According to Brighton City Manager Nate Geinzer, construction is scheduled to start on the condo project sometime in April or May. Also being talked about lately is a possible $35 million, 200-unit luxury apartment complex farther down on N. Second Street, fronting the Mill Pond. However, such a major development is merely in the conceptual stage at this point, and a proposed site plan has not been submitted to the city for consideration. (TT)