The Wilmore City Council approved an amended development plan for the second phase of a housing project at Asbury Theological Seminary during its Monday night meeting. The plan allows the seminary to move forward with building up to five dormitory-style buildings on the northern part of its campus.
The construction should take about three years, seminary vice president of finance and administration Bryan Blankenship told the council. The new buildings would be erected along Epworth Avenue and near Morrison Street and East College Street.
The seminary originally requested to build family-style housing in its first development plan but changed the plan to accommodate more single students at the end of 2010. The Jessamine County-City of Wilmore Joint Planning Commission approved the amended plan for the new style of housing in late March. Getting approval from the Wilmore City Council was the next and final step in the approval process.
The council hosted a public forum to talk about the amended development plan and solicit feedback from the community. Numerous community members were there to offer their opinions on the project.
A few voiced concerns that the new buildings would increase traffic flow in the area, especially since the new housing will be geared toward singles who in theory have their own cars. If all five buildings are constructed and at full capacity, approximately 230 people could live there, Blankenship said.