The Menomonie City Council gave an early green light to a two-building apartment complex proposed for the 2900 block of Wilson Street.
The council voted Monday to send a Planned Unit Development plan for Wilson Garden Estates to the city Plan Commission.
The commission will examine the plan in more detail before voting on the proposal.
Brian Shefchik of VVM Investments, LLC of Menomonie said the development would include 18 one-bedroom, single story, handicap-accessible apartments.
The apartments would be 1,040 square feet and have attached garages, stainless steel appliances and patios, according to the plan.
VVM Investments has owned the property for six years, and has had calls for apartments without steps, accessible for wheelchair owners, Shefchik said Monday.
Rent for each apartment would be under $1,000, Shefchik said.
The property is already zoned for multi-family use.
Commission rejects 96-unit proposal
The Plan Commission Feb. 25 rejected a plan for a 96-apartment complex called Terrace Ridge on 21st Street, after the council gave early approval to the plan in February.
However, the Plan Commission asked developer Paul Madsen to work with city staff on an alternate, less dense plan, according to meeting minutes.
Capital Investment Partners of Eau Claire planned to buy a 10 ¾-acre vacant property from Liberty Christian Center Inc. of Menomonie and build 11 buildings with 96 apartments, CIP co-owner Bill Albright said in February.
The city would have to rezone the land for multiple-family residential use.
The general plan includes a buffer of a pond and trees between the complex and single-family homes to the north.
At a Feb. 25 public hearing 10 people spoke against the plan, according to meeting minutes.