Pappas Development under consideration by city council

Pappas Developments looks to add to apartment portfolio with a Barber Greene complex


Elisa Reamer | Northern Star

8 alderpeople at DeKalb City Council meeting on Monday.

DeKALB — The City Council will discuss passing an ordinance on first reading Monday to allow Pappas Development to annex .68 acres of unincorporated DeKalb to build an apartment complex on the land where Buhr’s Landscaping and Lawn Care was on Barber Greene Road. The overall site is 1.8 acres of land. 

Herb and Linda Buhr currently own the property but the land has been for sale for 18 years while their landscaping business has been closed for two years. 

“The proposed Arista Residences by Pappas Development will include 61 one-bedroom, fully-furnished apartment units with 12+ month leases,” the Jan. 24 City Council agenda reads. “The units will comprise about 700 sq. ft. and the estimated monthly rent will be $1,350.”

The complex will include a hotel-style lobby, hospitality room, business center, gym and charging stations for electric vehicles, according to the City Council agenda.

The agenda reads that there will be three entrances into the parking lot that will have 92 spaces. This covers 1.5 spaces for every unit. 

There will be a right in and a right out along Barber Greene Road, a full access entrance and exit off County Farm Road and an already existing access point along the north end of the property, according to the agenda. 

Before the consideration of this ordinance, there will be a public hearing held at the beginning of the meeting where residents can speak on the record about how they feel about this potential development. 

If the ordinance passes, Pappas Development has requested a district change. “According to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance, property annexed to the city is automatically zoned ‘SFR1’ Single-Family Residential upon annexation, so the applicant has requested a rezoning of the .68 acres from the ‘SFR1’ District to ‘PD-R’, Planned Development Residential District,” the agenda reads.