A preliminary plan for a 141-unit apartment complex in a Northwest Rochester industrial zone was approved Monday after confirming pedestrian access to a nearby public park.

The council delayed a decision on the proposed second phase of the existing Technology Park Apartments at 3731 Technology Drive last month after raising questions about how residents would get to the park west of West Circle Drive or the Douglas Trail to the east.

The complex being proposed by developer Nate Stencil is expected to provide 40 percent of its apartments at rents affordable to households earning 60 percent of the area median income, while another 35 percent are offered at rents affordable to people earning 80 percent of the area median income, and the remaining units are at a low market rate.


What happened: The Rochester City Council approved a preliminary plan for a 141-unit apartment complex in a Northwest Rochester industrial zone.

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Why does this matter: A vote on the project, which will expand the existing Technology Park Apartments, was delayed to provide time to review pedestrian access to a nearby park and trail.

What's next: The developer can move forward in an effort to prepare a final plan for the project.


In May, council members wanted to be sure residents could easily access the nearby recreation opportunities.

On Monday, Desmond McGeough, a planner with the city’s Community Development Department, said appropriate access to the park and trail already exists or is in the works.

The West Circle intersection at 26th Avenue Northwest was updated in 2019 with pedestrian crossing lights, ramps and a median refuge.

Additionally, the city has an agreement requiring a Technology Drive private property to install a sidewalk at its request, which will provide a continuous sidewalk from the proposed apartment building to the Douglas Trail.

The council voted 5-2 to approve the preliminary plan, with council members Nick Campion and Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick opposed to adding to the apartment complex that is surrounded by commercial and industrial property, which includes Crenlo and CostCo.

“It’s 141 units that we need,” council member Shaun Palmer said before voting to approve the plan.