By Christopher Kersey,

Capano Management’s plan to construct an apartment complex and a clubhouse on U.S. 301 across from Texas Roadhouse has met some opposition from Middletown Town Council.

Representatives from Capano presented a concept plan to town council on Aug. 7, where it received a “lukewarm” response, according to Kristen Krenzer, town spokesman.

Vice Mayor James Reynolds and Councilman Jason Faulkner voiced concerns. They weren’t available for comment after the meeting, but Krenzer said their general concern was the apartments didn’t fit well with the surrounding area.

Amazon and Johnson Controls flank the 20 acres where the apartments are proposed in the Westown Business Park. There’s also a dentist office nearby.

At the Aug. 7 meeting, the council didn’t take a vote because Capano Management only submitted a concept plan. If the development is constructed, it’s up to Capano Management to submit a more formal plan for approval before the council.

Plans for a three-story, 12,388-square-foot Microtel Hotel were approved for property at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Doc Levinson Drive in the Northside Shopping Center.

Council approved the conditional use permit and preliminary plans for the project. It’s up to the applicant to come back with final plans before it can be constructed.

Council approved a minor land development plan for a Harbor Freight Tools in a 15,000-square-foot building in the Northside Shopping Center at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Doc Levinson Drive. Years ago, the town approved a plan for a 10,000-square-foot building at that same location, but Harbor Freight wanted the building to be bigger, Krenzer said.

Council also approved a major land development plan for medical clinic and professional offices proposed for a 16,200-square-foot building at Diamond State Boulevard and Tower Road.