Commission Approves Habitat for Humanity Special Exceptions, Paving Way For Affordable Housing

City Commission Approves Various Habitat for Humanity Special Exceptions, Paves Way For Affordable Housing

Artist rendering of the Habitat for Humanity North Development [City of Coral Springs]

By Bryan Boggiano

More affordable housing options are on their way to Coral Springs.

The city commission approved special exceptions from KEITH, engineering, on behalf of Habitat for Humanity, at their Wednesday, Dec. 7 meeting to develop two undeveloped plots of land.

The exceptions related to property requirements such as platting requirements, plot size, front yard size, parking and driveways, the separation area between buildings and access roads, building length, open space, and sidewalks.

The exceptions deal with the northern and southern parts of the vacant properties that Habitat for Humanity plans to develop. The north property is located mostly on Riverside Drive and Northwest 37th Drive. The southern property on Riverside Drive and Northwest 35th Court.

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Both properties occupy 0.53 acres of undeveloped land north and west of Riverside Drive and Sample Road. There are 13 units proposed. Each is a two-story affordable housing unit, roughly 1,800 square feet, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Each Habitat for Humanity unit also has a private two-car driveway, an attached one-car garage, a sidewalk connection from the front door to Riverside Drive, a front yard facing Riverside Drive, and a backyard facing a canal, according to city documents.

The northern property will have one building with seven townhouse units. The southern property will have two buildings with three townhouse units each.
“We’ve been meeting and speaking with Habitat for Humanity regularly to discuss the plans and make sure we’ve come up with the best possible product,” said Neirah Sankar, neighborhood and housing manager. “We’re happy with where we’ve come so far, and as we continue to develop the plans, we’ll continue to meet.”

The city purchased both properties in 1995 to develop parking lots after widening Riverside Drive.

In 2006, the city established the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. In 2011, the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee identified both lots as potential residential development sites.

In May, the city commission declared the lots as surplus property. In November, the city commission approved the sale of the properties to Habitat for Humanity to develop affordable housing.

At their November meeting, the planning and zoning board voted unanimously to forward a favorable recommendation to the city commission supporting the special exceptions for Habitat for Humanity. 

Commissioner Joy Carter moved to approve the special exception for the northern property. Commissioner Nancy Metayer Bowen seconded. It passed unanimously. 

For the southern property, Metayer Bowen moved to approve the special exception, which Commissioner Shawn Cerra seconded. It also passed unanimously. 

“Very exciting project. I’m really looking forward to seeing it develop,” said Mayor Scott Brook. 

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