Chauncey Neighborhood

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West Lafayette city councilors may be at odds with some of the city’s landlords on the issue of building several new high-rise apartment buildings in the city’s new downtown.

The latest development, a 16-story building slated for the top of West Lafayette’s Chauncey Hill, won’t be the tallest building in the community—that title still belongs to the county courthouse dome. However, it is tall enough to test Federal Aviation Administration rules for building height, because its roof will rise to a higher elevation than any other building.

City of West Lafayette

Some questions for the mayor on this month's program:

Since we spoke last month, it seems the mayors of the cities along the Amtrak corridor from Indy to Chicago have gotten noticeably more pessimistic about its future. Todd Barton told me two weeks ago on this program he thinks it’s dead in October. Is that now your thinking, too?

Your office is moving, at least temporarily, to Morton Center. Are you doing a site comparison between there and the mold-ridden city hall?

APC approves two new apartment complexes

Jul 19, 2012

The Tippecanoe Area Plan Commission must take another vote on a proposed 206 unit apartment complex just outside of Lafayette.

Commissioners voted seven-to-five to deny the project on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and U.S 231, but eight votes are required to move forward.

APC staff is pushing for denial because they say the proposed development represents residential sprawl.

The commission did approve two other apartment projects. 

Members voted ten-to-two in favor of a complex along Northwestern Avenue in West Lafayette’s New Chauncey Neighborhood.