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Hillside complex to get $4.3 mil revamp

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By Becky Barnes

A Cynthiana housing complex is about to get a $4.3 million face lift.
Hillside Apartments, located off of north Elmarch Avenue,  has been approved by the Cynthiana-Harrison county-Berry Planning Commission for a major renovation project that will also include the construction of three two-bedroom units that are handicap accessible as well as a community room.
Because the Hillside Apartments were constructed prior to the Fair Housing Act, they do not meet handicap accessibility standards. However, to meet criteria to receive a grant, the plans had to upgrade to provide units that are handicap accessible.
The Planning Commission voted six to one Monday night to approve the final development plat that gives the developer the go-ahead.
Bonnie Skinner, Planning Commission director, said prior to Monday’s meeting, developers first had to get approval from Cynthiana’s Board of Adjustments because of set-back encroachments.
The BOA voted 3-2 on July 12 to allow the variance, which then moved the project to the final development plan approval.
According to Skinner, the renovation plans include resealing and striping of the parking lot, new HVAC units, appliances, flooring, windows, gutters, paint, trim, screening off dumpsters and landscaping. The owner will also be adding a security system to the site which can be monitored and recorded from off-site.
While the commission approved the plan, it added stipulations which require the owner to put 72-inch shadowbox fencing on the rear property line, down cast lighting on the property, brick facade on the foundation of the new units and additional landscaping at the rear property line.
Skinner said the commission has not received any information concerning a time line for the construction and renovation projects. However, she noted that the plan still has to be signed off on to make sure contingencies are met.
Attempts to reach the architect in charge of the project were unsuccessful.