This architect’s rendering shows the student-housing megaplex Collegiate Development Group wants to build at 1800 N. Walnut St., where a Motel 6 currently stands. It could have as many as 820 bedrooms across 270 fully furnished units. (Dwell Design Studio / Courtesy image)
This architect’s rendering shows the student-housing megaplex Collegiate Development Group wants to build at 1800 N. Walnut St., where a Motel 6 currently stands. It could have as many as 820 bedrooms across 270 fully furnished units. (Dwell Design Studio / Courtesy image)
A six-story student apartment complex with more than 800 bedrooms could be built on Bloomington’s north side if the city’s plan commission decides to keep Collegiate Development Group’s petition moving.

Missouri-based CDG Acquisitions wants to transform the 3.85-acre Motel 6 at 1800 N. Walnut St. into a student housing megaplex that would be even larger than the 746-bed Evolve apartment complex approved by the city in 2016.

The new project to be heard at Monday’s city plan commission hearing could have as many as 820 bedrooms across 270 fully furnished units, including studio, one-bed, two-bed and four-bed apartments. The project is the largest of several to be discussed at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall, 401 N. Morton St.

Current zoning for the property allows 15 units per acre — the densest development allowed in the city outside of the downtown. That means the petitioner will need the city’s permission to create a planned unit development that would allow a proposed 77 units per acre.

If approved, those hundreds of apartments would be spread across two buildings, ranging in height from five to six stories. Plans for a 410-space parking garage on the site means only half of the proposed number of bedrooms would have a place to park a car. Though city code only requires a project that size to have 136 bicycle spaces, city staff is recommending the petitioner provide one bicycle parking space for every four bedrooms. In total, that would require Collegiate Development Group to construct 205 bicycle parking spots.

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