ST. JOSEPH COUNTY-- A new development project could make more off-campus housing a reality near the University of Notre Dame.
The proposal would put up two, four story buildings between Twyckenham Drive and Burdette Street.
There are 266 units.
Some are studios and others are one bedrooms.
Some who live near the proposed site are upset about more apartment buildings going up but others are excited about the idea of having so many new neighbors.
Richard Copeland works at Waka Dog Cafe and says, "We house thousands of people here so i don't think a couple hundred more is going to be any concern."
The proposed project to build two new apartment buildings is just down the street from the restaurant.
Copeland says, "The more people the more foot traffic for this type of business especially a hot dog restaurant that that's really a good idea for us."
The larger of the two buildings would be near Twyckenham Drive and would have a small cafe and possibly some retail space.
The smaller building would face Burdette Street.
Larry Magliozzi is the assistant director of the St. Joseph Area Plan Commission
and he says the site plan refers to the apartment complex as "The Overlook."
Several houses are being demolished to make way for this project.
Magliozzi says some of the parcels of land were owned by the developer and Notre Dame.
He adds that the property will have to be rezoned from residential to planned unit development.
There's a sign right near the road letting people know that there's going to be a public hearing on this project on July 16th at 3:30 in the afternoon."
Magliozzi says, "From there once the planning commission gives it recommendation it'll go to the county council which will meet sometime in august to give a final approval to it."
If the project is approved, the developer would have to submit a final site plan that meets all of the engineering requirements.
Once that happens the developer could get a building permit with the goal to have people moving in by the 20-14/20-15 school year.
There are a number of houses nearby and some people I talked to say they're not thrilled about another apartment complex but they are hoping they market toward graduate students and not undergraduates.