Lynwood's largest housing and commercial development will soon be adding 20 new apartments clustered around a community pool.
The hillside development that is slowly emerging as the newest neighborhood accenting Lynwood has seen the completion of its first phase, a boutique shopping center. But plans for phase two of Pleasant Beach Village, previously expected to be cottages and row houses, were changed this week.
Island architect Charlie Wenzlau briefed neighbors about the proposed changes during a public meeting Monday night at the Manor House at Pleasant Beach.
The most significant alterations to the site will be addition of a community pool and an apartment complex.
Residents at the meeting asked about the new trail system on the property and wondered if there would be noise from the pool. One resident, concerned about the "quality of people" who will live at the new apartments, asked how much the units would cost to rent.
Current rentals at Pleasant Beach run from $1,600 to $3,000
Overall, the plans were well-received and Wenzlau was applauded at the end of the gathering.
Earlier he told crowd of roughly two dozen that he is very proud of the project he has spent eight years on so far.
"My biggest goal was to do something that fit into Lynwood Center," Wenzlau said. "This is a little bit more of an urban village."
"The community pool will form the heart of the community," he said. "It will satisfy the original intention to locate community functions at this location."
Wenzlau likened the experience to that of the Wing Point Golf & Country Club where patrons can get food and drinks nearby and then lounge by the pool.
"The community pool seemed to be a nice hub for the overall neighborhood," Wenzlau said. "It's the center spot of the whole design."
While phase one matched the commercial feel of historic Lynwood, phase two behind the shopping center will lean more toward housing.
Previously, plans for phase two consisted of six cottages and eight row houses with a small park. Now, a 22-unit apartment complex — referred to as the corner apartments — will replace the cottages, while the pool facility will replace the row houses.
The pool, slated for the east end of the property along Woodson Lane, is proposed to be 25 yards long with four lanes. An accompanying wading pool for young children will be included. Both will be heated during the summer months.
Wenzlau was uncertain, however, if the pool will be heated in the winter months because of the cost, estimated to run approximately $120,000 annually.
A hot tub will also be installed near the pool.
The pool will be available to apartments residents and visitors at the nearby inn. It will also be open to islanders on a membership fee basis.
The buildings surrounding the pool will house a gym and locker rooms. Use of the gym will also be available to community members for a fee.
Wenzlau said that other possibilities around the pool are a daycare and a barbecue area.
Two new parking lots will be constructed by the pool and hidden from view by walls. Each lot will contain approximately 20 spaces.
The corner apartments will be on the west end of the property along Baker Hill Road. Wenzlau said that the apartments will keep the project within the city-approved total of 88 residences.
The apartments, at approximately 1,200 square feet with two bedrooms, are some of the nicest Wenzlau has designed on the island, he said.
"It's like that they will be built so they can be converted into [condos], but there are currently no plans for that."
Eight of the units, he noted, will be smaller apartments set above garages.
A condo conversion is a possibility for the future, but Wenzlau said that it will be at least five years after construction that such a move will be considered.
Weaving throughout the property will be public trails connecting the apartments, pool and shops along Lynwood Center Road.
Triplexes were also previously planned for phase two but have now been eliminated.
Pleasant Beach planners will submit their official application for the changes to the city over the next month with hopes to begin construction by the end of next summer. Phase two is scheduled to be finished during the summer of 2014.
A third and final phase for the Pleasant Beach Village project is expected to be underway once phase two is finished. Phase three will be strictly housing.