Plans to build an apartment for seniors at a renovated Gonzales Gardens received partial approval Tuesday from Columbia zoning officials.
The Board of Zoning Appeals granted approval to construct 54 one-bedroom units that would rise 15 feet higher than normal zoning restrictions, said Julia Prater, affordable housing deputy at the Columbia Housing Authority. The authority is redeveloping the entire 16 1/2 -acre site.
But the board delayed until next month the authority’s request for a zoning adjustment to allow a parking garage that is designed to be part of the apartment building, according to zoning administrator Brian Cook.
Board members want to know more about how the garage will affect stormwater runoff from the property. Runoff from the site makes its way into flood prone Five Points, Prater said.