New Apartments Approved | VideoJoel Porter | 11/28/2012
Nearby homeowners objected to the proposal, arguing that the project would lower their home values and said the neighborhood can`t handle the additional traffic.
"When you have a three story apartment building next to these very nice residential homes, it decreases your value. If somebody`s going to want to come and look at your home to buy it, they`re going to turn and look at a different part of the city. Pure and simple," said Corrine Vatsndal-Geck, who lives near the site.
"Washington street is going to be tremendously busy. This is the tip of the iceberg. But I think they`ve done a good good job of taking into account the neighbors concerns and it will be a quality development," said lot owner Attas Boutrous.
Commissioners approved the project on the condition that a traffic study must first be completed and developers would have to present a site plan of the new apartments before construction could begin.